Navigation Links
'Land grabs' for rice production due to supply threats
Date:9/28/2009

"To put it simply, there is not enough rice to feed the world," says Dr. Robert Zeigler, director general of the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI).

"To meet the need and keep rice prices around US$300 a ton which allows poor rice farmers to make some profit yet keeps rice affordable for poor rice consumers we need to produce an additional 8󈝶 million tons of rice more than in the previous year for the next twenty years."

Many countries do not have the capacity to grow enough rice on their own land to meet existing or anticipated demand. To meet their needs governments or the private sector import rice and some are exploring ways to invest in rice production or rice-growing land in other countries.

IRRI is not involved in any projects on land acquisition for rice production, nor does it provide advice on land acquisition, but it does find ways to help increase the overall rice supply with a mandate to help poor rice farmers and consumers and improve environmental health.

"IRRI's primary focus is on helping farmers increase the productivity of rice farms on existing rainfed and irrigated land and do it in a sustainable manner," says Dr. Zeigler. "Expanding rice-growing areas into previously uncultivated areas is considered a last option and this must be done with great care."

As a nonprofit and independent organization, IRRI shares its scientific solutions and knowledge broadly with a range of different stakeholders, including farmers, and across the public and private sector. By doing this, IRRI contributes to improving rice production and the welfare of rice farmers in the broadest possible way, giving farmers more options to choose from.

Dr. Zeigler acknowledges that "many developing countries would benefit from financial investment in their rice industry to help them develop in a sustainable way, reach their potential, and benefit local rice farmers and consumers."

"For IRRI, the most important thing about rice production, whether it is supported by international investors or not, is that it delivers benefits to poor rice farmers and consumers to help lift them out of poverty and that the health of the environment is maintained or improved," he added.


'/>"/>

Contact: Sophie Clayton
s.clayton@cgiar.org
63-917-552-6082
International Rice Research Institute
Source:Eurekalert

Related biology news :

1. New NIST trace explosives standard slated for homeland security duty
2. Shrinking Bylot Island glaciers tell story of climate change
3. Small rodents encourage the formation of scrubland in Spain
4. Searching for an interglacial on Greenland
5. Carnegie donates landmark clones to biology
6. Shifting Sands highlights past, present and future of Maryland coastal bays ecosystem
7. Red List overlooks island species
8. Noise pollution negatively affects woodland bird communities, says CU-Boulder study
9. Wolf reintroduction proposed in Scottish Highland test case
10. Landmark project to map genomics of complex ant systems
11. Data published in the New England Journal of Medicine support use of raxibacumab (ABthrax) for the treatment of inhalation anthrax
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:2/1/2016)... Feb. 1, 2016  Wocket® smart wallet ( www.wocketwallet.com ) announces the ... Joey Fatone . Las Vegas , where ... --> Las Vegas , where Joey appeared at ... The new video ad was filmed at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES2016) ... Wocket booth to meet and greet fans. --> ...
(Date:1/25/2016)... , Jan. 25, 2016  Glencoe Software, the world-leading ... and publication industries, will provide the data management solution ... (NPSC). ... Phenotypic analysis measures the ... organisms, allowing comparisons between states such as health and ...
(Date:1/20/2016)... 20, 2016 A market that just keeps ... from the explosion in genomics knowledge. Learn all about ... A range of dynamic trends are pushing market growth ... medicine - pharmacogenomics - pathogen evolution - next generation ... - greater understanding of the role of genetic material ...
Breaking Biology News(10 mins):
(Date:2/10/2016)... 2016 NX Prenatal Inc., a US ... technology for early warning of adverse pregnancy outcomes, ... study by Dr. Thomas McElrath of ... Fetal Medicine,s (SMFM) annual meeting held in ... 2016.  The presentation reported initial positive top-line results ...
(Date:2/10/2016)... 2016  IsoRay, Inc. (NYSE MKT: ISR), a medical ... radioisotope applications for the treatment of prostate, brain, lung, ... financial results for the second quarter and six months ... --> --> Revenue ... 2016, which ended December 31, 2015, a 12% increase ...
(Date:2/10/2016)... ... February 10, 2016 , ... Benchmark Research, ... the promotion of two long-standing principal investigators (PI) to the roles of Chief ... and Development. , Dr. Laurence Chu, a Benchmark Research PI in the Austin ...
(Date:2/10/2016)... Charlotte, NC (PRWEB) , ... February 10, 2016 ... ... highly anticipated expansion to their comprehensive training and support program, Sonalinkā„¢ remote monitoring. ... Sonablate® HIFU procedures performed on Friday, February 5th, connecting Dr. Samuel Peretsman to ...
Breaking Biology Technology: