Friday, May 24, 2024

IRRI’s commitment to science and partnerships

IRRI works closely with national research partners in the rice value chain to understand their priorities and needs. Using an extensive portfolio of rice breeding innovations coupled with improved agronomic practices and advice, IRRI addresses the constraints they face.

Conventional rice breeding makes up the bulk of IRRI’s rice breeding research. This approach takes advantage of existing genetic variation to introduce desirable traits into cultivated crop varieties. 

IRRI also uses new breeding approaches to address producing food. New approaches produce crops that help supply the food requirements for an ever-increasing population, within a context of uncertainty from climate change, decreasing natural resource pools, and malnutrition. 

Biotechnology-based approaches that are safe, responsible, and compliant with national biosafety rules and regulations also deliver additional benefits to farmers and consumers where essential traits are not available in cultivated or wild species. One of these approaches includes increasing the nutrient content of crops (iron, zinc, beta carotene) to address micronutrient malnutrition. In all IRRI’s research, there is a strict adherence to national and international biosafety regulations and requirements.

Transforming our food system relies heavily on effective and strong partnerships. IRRI’s valuable partnerships with the Department of Agriculture’s Philippines Rice Research Institute (PhilRice) and the Department of Science and Technology (DOST), enable farming innovations, enhance resilience in rice production systems, and introduce accompanying best practices to benefit all Filipinos.


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