Our research networks

IRRI is involved in a wide range of projects and networks that caters to stakeholders in various rice ecosystems. The Institute has partnered with renowned research and development organizations, government agencies, and individuals who are dedicated in moving Rice science for a better world forward.

From favorable to unfavorable environments, IRRI and its partners are developing initiatives, varieties, and technologies that aim to eradicate poverty and hunger through food security. These projects develop products that withstand effects of climate change and combat hidden hunger, improve rice production, and strengthen partnership among rice-growing and -producing countries from all over the world.

C4 Rice Project

Through the C4 Rice Project, innovative ways for rice to use solar energy more efficiently in photosynthesis are being developed. These, in return, increase rice yields while using scarce resources like land, water, and fertilizer. Learn more

Cereal Systems Initiative for South Asia (CSISA)

The Cereal Systems Initiative for South Asia (CSISA) was established in 2009 to promote durable change at scale in South Asia’s cereal-based cropping systems. CSISA supports regional and national efforts to improve cereal production growth in South Asia’s Indo-Gangetic Plains, home to the region’s most important grain baskets. Learn more

CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS)

The CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS) will address the increasing challenge of global warming and declining food security on agricultural practices, policies and measures through a strategic collaboration between CGIAR and Future Earth. Learn more

Climate Change Adaptation in Rainfed Rice Areas (CCARA)

The Climate Change Adaptation in Rainfed Rice Areas (CCARA) is the latest project under the IRRI-Japan collaborative research project. It was launched to develop the Weather-rice-nutrient integrated decision support system (WeRise), which will be launched soon. Learn more 

Climate change affecting land use in the Mekong Delta (CLUES)

The Climate change affecting land use in the Mekong Delta or CLUES project builds on core work that has been undertaken by IRRI and its Vietnamese and Australian research partners - encompassing improved resilience in rice production and numerous nutrient-cycling projects in the Mekong Delta. Learn more

Closing rice yield gaps in Asia with reduced environmental footprint (CORIGAP)

Closing rice yield gaps in Asia with reduced environmental footprints (CORIGAP) is a project implemented under the Irrigated Rice Research Consortium (IRRC). The main objective of CORIGAP is to improve food security and gender equity, and alleviate poverty through optimizing productivity and sustainability of irrigated rice production systems. Learn more

Consortium for Unfavorable Rice Environments (CURE)

The Consortium for Unfavorable Rice Environments (CURE) provides a venue for partnership among NARES, IRRI researchers, farmers, and extension workers to tackle key problems in rice farming systems where low and unstable yields are commonplace and extensive poverty and food insecurity prevail. Learn more

Council for Partnerships on Rice Research in Asia (CORRA)

The Council for Partnerships on Rice Research in Asia (CORRA) was established in 1996 with the vision to enhance the effectiveness of the various partnership mechanisms between IRRI and its partners to meet the challenges of the global rice research system.  Learn more

Global Rice Phenotyping Network

The GRiSP Global Rice Phenotyping Network was initiated in 2011 to accelerate the discovery of useful genes and alleles for molecular breeding at a large scale. The Network brings together an international community of rice scientists to conduct a joint effort in enhancing the power of phenomics. Learn more

Hybrid Rice Development Consortium (HRDC)

The Hybrid Rice Development Consortium (HRDC) was established at IRRI in 2008 with 39 public and private organizations. By Q1 2015, the HRDC has been expanded to 76 members. HRDC aims to strengthen the collaboration between the public and private sectors to enhance the dissemination of hybrid rice technology. Learn more

International Network for Genetic Evaluation of Rice (INGER)

The International Network for Genetic Evaluation of Rice (INGER) is a global model for the exchange, evaluation, release, and use of genetic resources under the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (ITPGRFA), which uses the Standard Material Transfer Agreement to facilitate access and benefit sharing. Learn more

International Network for Quality Rice (INQR)

The International Network for Quality Rice (INQR) consists of members who work on rice research, quality evaluation in rice improvement programs, and private sector equipment manufacturers. The INQR aims to bring new science to traits of quality, standardize the measure of each trait and to identify new traits of physical, sensory and nutritional quality. Learn more

Irrigated Rice Research Consortium (IRRC)

The Irrigated Rice Research Consortium (IRRC), established in 1997, has provided a platform and mechanism for partnerships between NARES and IRRI. This has greatly strengthened the development and delivery of appropriate technologies and has helped identify and address regional research needs in irrigated rice. Learn more

Postharvest Learning Alliance

The Postharvest Learning Alliance (LA) is a multi-stakeholder network that identifies, shares, and adapts good practices to: (1)  strengthen capacities; (2) generate and document project outcomes; (3) identify research needs or areas for collaboration, and (4) inform public and private sector policy decisions. Learn more

Rice and climate change research

The Climate Change Group addresses various aspects of adaptation and mitigation in rice production systems. Our activities cut across scales from field experiments – on the IRRI farm and farmers’ fields – to policy advice. Most of the climate change work is done under the CGIAR research program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS). Learn more

Rice Straw Project

The Rice Straw Project aims to assess alternative options in using rice straw to produce clean energy. Researchers in the U.K. and at IRRI are collaborating on four work packages: feestock/logical, technological, social and institutional, and dissemination. Learn more

Sustainable Insification Innovation Lab (SIIL)-Polder Project

The SIIL-Polder project aims to increase farm income and nutrition security by intensifying polder farming systems through implementation of sustainable and economically viable practices in the coaster areas of Bangladesh. Learn more

Sustainable Rice Platform (SRP)

The Sustainable Rice Platform (SRP) is a global alliance of agricultural research institutions, agri-food businesses, public sector and civil society organizations convenered by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and IRRI. Learn more

Stress-Tolerant Rice for Africa and South Asia (STRASA)

Stress-Tolerant Rice for Africa and South Asia (STRASA) started in late 2007 with IRRI, in collaboration with AfricaRice, to develop and deliver rice varieties tolerant of abiotic stresses to the millions of farmers in the unfavorable rice-growing environments. Learn more

Temperate Rice Research Consortium (TRRC)

The Temperate Rice Research Consortium (TRRC) recognized the need for a 'consortium approach' to solve issues on temperate rice improvement including both biotic and abiotic stresses, yield potential, grain quality and nutrition, and water and nutrient management. Learn more