The Sustainable Rice Platform
Learn more about who we are and how we work.
The Sustainable Rice Platform e.V. (SRP) is a global multi-stakeholder alliance established in 2011. Originally co‐convened by the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI), the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit GmbH (GIZ), SRP is now an independent membership association. Together with its over 90 institutional members from public and private sector stakeholders, research, financial institutions, and NGOs, SRP aims to transform the global rice sector by:
- Improving smallholder livelihoods
- Reducing the social, environmental and climate footprint of rice production
- Offering the global rice market an assured supply of sustainably produced rice to meet the growing global demand for rice.
SRP promotes resource-use efficiency and climate change resilience in rice systems (both on-farm and throughout value chains) and pursues voluntary market transformation initiatives by developing sustainable production standards, indicators, incentive mechanisms, and outreach mechanisms to boost wide-scale adoption of sustainable best practices throughout rice value chains.
The SRP e.V. is supported by the Mainstreaming Sustainable Rice through the Sustainable Rice Platform project, which aims to foster the long-term capacity of the SRP e.V.
The collaboration with the SRP e.V. in cooperation with Ebro Foods, Mars Food and Olam International is funded through the develoPPP programme that Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH implements on behalf of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ).
Our Vision and Mission
Our vision is to “Feed the world. Sustainably”, transforming the global rice sector through an alliance that links research, production, policy making, trade and consumption. The vision articulates a new norm in rice, where the sector delivers healthy, high-quality, nutritious rice to consumers, helps farmers achieve better lives, and protects the environment.
Our mission is to catalyze global rice sector transformation by developing tools and mobilizing rice stakeholders to promote on-farm adoption of sustainable best practice, link farmers to markets and offer an objective normative basis for policymaking.
Consumers are increasingly demanding that food is produced sustainably. The SRP-Verified Label represents the integrity of claims on sustainable best practices according to the SRP Standard for Sustainable Rice Cultivation, as verified through the SRP Assurance Scheme. The SRP-Verified Label symbolizes a seal of approval, illustrated through the graphic stylization of a rice plant as a check mark.
The Label can be used for on-pack communications, such as on retail rice packs and bulk rice sacks or boxes, supported by a claim such as “Our rice is grown in compliance with the SRP Standard for Sustainable Rice Cultivation to protect nature and help small farmers. Scan the QR code to learn more about the farm of origin, or visit www.sustainablerice.org”
With the label, consumers can confidently choose sustainable rice. By stocking SRP-Verified rice, retailers can make measurable contributions to their corporate sustainability commitments and climate change targets. Industry actors can de-risk their supply chains and ensure stability by sourcing through SRP-verified suppliers. Most importantly, farmers benefit through reduced input costs, more secure market access and improved livelihoods.
SRP members promote smallholder livelihoods and environmental sustainability in the global rice sector according to their own organizational mandates and capacities. Members are categorized into four broad constituencies: supply chain actors; service, input & equipment providers; public sector; and civil society organizations.
Our Projects - Past, Present, and Future
Registered SRP Projects are SRP member-led projects on the ground that use SRP tools to incentivize and document rice farmers’ shift to sustainable farming practices. Currently, Registered SRP Projects are implemented at varying scales in Asia, Africa, Europe and the Americas, reaching nearly 500,000 rice farmers. Projects report results to the SRP Secretariat annually to aggregate global reach and impacts.
The SRP does not fund or manage Registered SRP Projects directly.
SRP is incorporated under German law as a not-for-profit member-based international association (as the Sustainable Rice Platform e.V., VR 11584). SRP operates under statutory Articles of Association.
Learn more about our governance system and our team, and how we seek to ensure all stakeholders have an equal and transparent opportunity to influence decisions and outcomes on SRP’s policies and operations, and on the design and management of our normative tools.