Rice is the daily staple for more than 3.5 billion people, accounting for 19% of dietary energy globally.
Rice farmers are among the world's most vulnerable to climate change impacts such as rising sea levels, salinity, temperature rise, drought and flooding.
Rice production needs to increase by 25% in the next 25 years to meet global demand. -IRRI
Share your opinion during the 60-day public consultation to revise the Sustainable Rice Platform (SRP) Standard.
Period: 15 September to 15 November
The Sustainable Rice Platform Standard for Sustainable Rice Cultivation (SRP Standard) applies to rice production, including post harvest processes, which are still in control of the farmer. Individual farmers, smallholder groups, or larger farms can apply the SRP Standard.
The revision process is intended as a review of the SRP Standard version 1.0 (October 2015), with focus on improving the wording of the existing Standard to ensure consistency and clarity. The SRP Standard version 1.0 comprises 46 requirements grouped under eight themes, each aimed at achieving a specific sustainability impact.
Following its launch, SRP members in several countries have implemented the SRP Standard at pilot scale and on different farm types, resulting in suggestions for revisions. Public stakeholder input is sought to identify additional areas for potential revision.
SRP members and non-members may send their comments and/or suggestions through any of the following channels:
The First Global Sustainable Rice Conference and Exhibition was co-convened by UN Environment and the International Rice Research Institute under the auspices of the Sustainable Rice Platform (SRP). The conference brought together over 300 stakeholders from 30 countries, representing a broad spectrum of rice sector actors and development professionals, including senior-level representatives from UN and international agencies, governments, private sector supply chain actors, research institutions, farmer groups, equipment and service providers and civil society organizations from around the world.
The conference aimed to raise awareness of the critical role of rice in food security, poverty alleviation and climate change in the coming 25 years, to understand the sustainability challenges implicit in covering a projected 25% shortfall in global production by 2050, and to update participants on proven innovative solutions.
A key outcome of the conference is the SRP Bangkok Declaration on Sustainable Rice, which calls for collective multi-stakeholder action at local, regional and global levels to foster adoption of climate-smart sustainable best practices to enhance long-term productivity of rice landscapes despite a shrinking resource base, while protecting the environment, mitigating climate change impacts and safeguarding smallholder livelihoods and gender rights.
The recommendations articulated herein will be further communicated to a wider stakeholder community as a contribution to the forthcoming COP23 climate change talks in Bonn, Germany (6-17 November 2017) as well as to meeting our collective obligations under the 2030 Agenda and the UN Sustainable Development Goals.
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