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 is the daily staple for more than 3.5 billion people, accounting for 19% of dietary energy globally.-IRRI
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SRP Assurance Scheme
The SRP Assurance Scheme and on-pack eco-label enables consumers to choose sustainable rice. By stocking SRP-verified rice, food retailers can make significant and measurable contributions to sustainability commitments and climate change targets. Industry actors will also be able to de-risk their supply chains and ensure stability by sourcing through SRP-verified suppliers.
The scheme is managed by GLOBALG.A.P., which oversees approval of qualified Verification Bodies responsible for third party auditing of producers and producer groups according to the SRP Standard.
Employing best practices in rice farming can reduce water use by some 20% and methane emissions from flooded rice fields by up to 50%. Farmers also benefit - switching to SRP practices can boost farmers’ net incomes by 10-20%. With 90% of the world’s 144 million rice producers living on or near the poverty line, this can make the difference between a secure livelihood and a family going hungry.
We are also pleased to announce approval of three normative documents relating to implementation of the SRP Assurance Scheme launched in September. These are as follows:
All three of these documents have been approved by the SRP Board on 9 December 2020, following a period of extensive stakeholder consultation, including a 30-day open public consultation for IMS and CoC documents, and come into effect immediately. We’re most grateful to all members of the SRP Chain of Custody Task Force, our members and external dialogue partners, particularly Oxfam, for your many suggestions and valuable guidance.
For transparency, we documented all changes resulting from the open public consultation - available upon request from the Secretariat. Summaries of the substantive changes to the IMS and Chain of Custody Standard documents are available here.
Finally, we are working on additional guidance to support implementation of the IMS Standard; this will be available in the coming weeks.