Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Changes in the rice sector discussed in GRiSP science forum

The GRiSP Global Science Forum was held at IRRI on 11-12 October 2012, in two parts:

The first part was composed of discussions on structural changes in the rice sector. The drivers of structural transformations were identified as (1) a changed farmer population (labor becoming less available, older, and comprised mostly of women); (2) rising labor costs due to demand for labor that led to a greater need for mechanization, reliance on service providers, and land consolidation (through purchases, renting, or cooperation creating “virtual” large fields); and (3) a stronger private sector, which was transforming itself also into a knowledge delivery provider.

The second part saw progress reports from CIAT, IRRI, Africa Rice, CIRAD-IRD, and JIRCAS for last year.

The GRiSP effort is found rapidly progressing, and continues to receive enthusiastic support from participants.

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