Climate change is largely detrimental to global agriculture systems. Rising sea levels and extreme weather events such as typhoons, heavier rains, intense heat stress, and prolonged droughts result in enormous losses in lives, livelihoods, properties, and the environment.
Over the years, a wide range of institutions, including IRRI, have embarked in diverse climate change initiatives and projects that deal with adaptation and mitigation in the rice production system. The Institute has defined a coherent research portfolio on rice and climate change emphasizing on three areas: adaptation, mitigation, and policy. This sets rice production into the broader context of food supply and food security alongside socioeconomic issues, such as rural development and gender mainstreaming.