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
The Sustainable Rice Platform (SRP) promotes resource efficiency and sustainability in the global rice sector through an alliance that links research, production, policy making, trade and consumption. SRP connects stakeholders across regions and sectors to find and implement local solutions for rice smallholders that will improve livelihoods, reduce costs and protect the environment.
4-5 October 2017, Bangkok - First Global Sustainable Rice Conference and Exhibition
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.
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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