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.


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 led by two Working Groups, overseen by an Advisory Committee and coordinated by a Secretariat based at UNEP’s Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific, Bangkok.


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.



SRP Standard & Indicators Technical Workshop

16-17 February, UN Conference Centre, Bangkok

A SRP Standard & Indicators Technical Workshop was held at the UN Conference Centre in Bangkok to discuss the text of the Standard and Indicators for Sustainable Rice Cultivation, currently under development. It was a measure of member commitment that the Workshop was fully subscribed 3 weeks before the event.
Analysis of feedback received from 21 institutions ahead of the workshop showed broad agreement on 80% of the content of the Standard and Indicators documents, with comments received only on the text of 20% of the content.

The Workshop was opened by Isabelle Louis, Deputy Regional Director for Asia & the Pacific, UNEP, and H.E. Dr Apichart Pongsrihadulchai, Thailand’s Vice Minister of Agriculture and Cooperatives.  The 42 participants represented a broad spectrum of stakeholder perspectives and included several non-member organizations with observer status (Oxfam, Niras and CP Intertrade). The workshop was facilitated by Dirk Straathof (UTZ Certified) and Jan Willem Molenaar (Aidenvironment).

Please contact the Secretariat if you would like to participate in field-testing the Standard and/or indicators!

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Three ad hoc workgroups were set up to further consider indicators for pest management, water use and food safety/heavy metals.
By 6 March, all members will receive the revised Standard and Indicators for validation, together with the implementation protocol and questionnaire on pilot site characteristics. The first public version of the Standard and Indicators is on track for release by 16 March.
Thanks to all who have contributed their expertise and time to this effort, and particularly to workshop participants, UTZ, IRRI, Aidenvironment, Olam and GIZ for their invaluable contributions to the work of the Standard & Indicators development team.
We are looking forward to launching a significant multi-country field validation exercise in the coming months.

Please contact the Secretariat if you would like to participate in this important next phase!

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