The Sustainable Rice Platform (SRP)



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Welcome to the Sustainable Rice Platform (SRP)

The Sustainable Rice Platform (SRP) is a multi-stakeholder partnership to promote resource efficiency and sustainability both on-farm and throughout the rice value chain. SRP was co-convened by the United Nations Environmental Programme (UNEP) and the International Rice Research Institute in December 2011, and works in collaboration with partners in the public and private sectors as well as the NGO community.

SRP 5th Annual Plenary Meeting and General Assembly (Manila, 27-29 October 2015)
The Sustainable Rice Platform’s 5th Annual Plenary Meeting and General Assembly was held in Manila and IRRI Headquarters in Los Banos, Philippines from 27-29 October 2015. The event featured the successful launch of the SRP Standard for Sustainable Rice Cultivation, the world’s first rice sustainability standard.

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NEWS!! SRP launches world’s first impact-based Standard and Performance Indicators for Rice Cultivation

During the opening of the Annual Plenary, the Sustainable Rice Platform successfully launched the world’s first standard for sustainable rice, which sets new and more efficient standards for rice cultivation. The SRP Standard for Sustainable Rice Cultivation uses environmental and socio-economic benchmarks to maintain yields for rice smallholders, reduce the environmental footprint of rice cultivation and meet consumer needs for food safety and quality. Progress towards compliance can be measured through a set of quantitative performance indicators.

Together, these tools allow any rice system to be assessed for its sustainability via 46 requirements grouped under 8 broad themes including productivity, food safety, worker health, labour rights, and biodiversity.

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Download the SRP Performance Indicators for Sustainable Rice Cultivation

Coinciding with the release of the Standard and Indicators, Mars Foods Inc, a leading SRP member, announced its commitment to sustainably source 100% of its rice by 2020. Mars will use the SRP global Standard, which it helped develop, to assess Mars' supply chain, starting with pilot programmes in Pakistan and India.

Read Mars Foods media announcement

Latest news- report of SRP Kickoff Workshop in Phnom Penh, 8-9 Oct 2015.   

What we do

The SRP pursues public policy development and voluntary market transformation initiatives to provide private, non-profit and public actors in the global rice sector with sustainable production standards and outreach mechanisms that contribute to increasing the global supply of affordable rice, improved livelihoods for rice producers and reduced environmental impact of rice production.

The SRP focuses on development and testing of sustainability guidelines, standards, tools and outreach models for sustainable rice production and processing, including decision making tools and quantitative sustainability impact indicators.

The work is coordinated by a Secretariat based at UNEP’s Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific, Bangkok, and is overseen by an Advisory Committee.


Our goals

By the end of 2016, SRP aims to offer the global rice supply chain a proven system of sustainability standards, practices, and alternative incentive mechanisms to facilitate wide-scale adoption of sustainable best practices in rice.

Vision of Success

The Sustainable Rice Platform adopts the 2035 vision of success defined by the Global Rice Science Partnership (GRiSP), as follows:

·Expenditures on rice by those under the $1.25 (PPP) poverty line would decline by PPP $11 billion annually (holding consumption constant).

·Counting those reductions as income gains means that 150 million people would be lifted above the $1.25 poverty line, reducing the global number of poor by 11%.

·As a result of increased availability and reduced prices, 62 million undernourished people could reach caloric sufficiency in Asia, reducing hunger in the region by 12%.

·Nearly 1 billion tons of CO2 equivalent emissions will be averted.

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Updated SRP Guidelines and Criteria now available for download here


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