Dew drops on rice crops. Photo: Neil Palmer/CIAT
FUTURE FOR RICE
When typhoon Haiyan destroyed most of his coconut crop, Filipino farmer Felicito Montano turned to growing Green Super Rice (GSR). This range of improved varieties produces high yields and can thrive in harsh environments, such as areas prone to flooding, drought and salty soils. Just as important in the long term, GSR is kind to the environment, thriving with less water and chemical inputs.
Helping to develop sustainable solutions for rice farmers is the Sustainable Rice Platform, which provides growing standards, data collection methodology and performance indicators on grain yield, net income from rice, nutrient and water use efficiency and levels of greenhouse gas emissions.
- Rice is the daily staple for more than 3.5 billion people
- Rice uses 34-43% of the world’s irrigation water Rice is responsible for up to 10% of global methane emissions
- Rice production must increase 44% by 2050 to feed a global population of 9.5 billion