Tuesday, August 20, 2013

CORIGAP opens as IRRC achievements lauded in new RIPPLE issue

The 23rd issue of RIPPLE features the Closing Rice Yield Gaps in Asia (CORIGAP) Project, which takes off from the success of the Irrigated Rice Research Consortium (IRRC). The new CORIGAP project builds on partnerships and linkages formed by the IRRC in six partner-countries—Indonesia, Myanmar, Sri Lanka, Thailand, China, and Vietnam. CORIGAP’s goal is to sustainably increase rice yield by 10% by 2016 in three major rice granaries and by 20% by 2022 in six granaries for 500,000 smallholder farmers.

A summary of the IRRC’s achievements for the past 16 years can also be read in the latest RIPPLE issue. From an external panel report titled, Meta-impact assessment of the Irrigated Rice Research Consortium (IRRC), the IRRC is shown to have delivered a six-fold economic return of a US$12 million investment from the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation.

Other stories feature the works of Roderick Rejesus, a Filipino agricultural economist at North Carolina State University in the USA, and Ladda Viriyangkura, senior specialist on rice inspection and certification at the Thailand Rice Department.

The new issue of RIPPLE can be accessed through the IRRC web site, or downloaded from Scribd.

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