Shaping future rice value chains and policies

We develop future scenarios, policies and strategies for rice agri-food systems in the impact zones. We draw lessons from impact assessment and develop forward-looking, market-driven, climate-resilient and gender-responsive breeding product profiles, production standards, technologies and institutional innovations. We use biophysical, climate, population and economic models with qualitative participatory scenario analyses to facilitate dialog and guide prioritization of future-focused research, development and policy investments by CGIAR, donors, national governments and, NARES that shape pathways towards income, food and nutrition-secure futures..

 

Challenge

We attempt to learn from past changes and anticipate future changes in complex rice-based food systems and value chains to optimize current investment decisions in research and development and generate breeding product profiles, production standards, technologies and institutional innovations that maximize the future impact of IRRI’s outcome themes in the impact zones. Through better decision-making, prioritization and targeting of technologies, innovations and policies, future rice value chains will become more sustainable from an economic, social and environmental point of view while expanding employment opportunities for smallholders, women and youth in rice-based economies around the world.

 

Contribution

By drawing lessons from qualitative and quantitative evidence from M&E and impact assessment, we refine our research portfolio towards sustainable impact. Through market analysis, we identify trends and opportunities for improved varieties, production standards and technologies and develop forward-looking, market & value chain-driven, climate-resilient and gender-responsive breeding product profiles. We test new value chain upgrading strategies that can make rice value chains more responsive to emerging market opportunities and more sustainable from an economic, social, and environmental point of view. We combine biophysical, climate, population and economic models with qualitative participatory scenario analyses to identify key drivers of change including socio-cultural and institutional dynamics. These scenarios will serve as tools for facilitating dialog and guide prioritization of future-focused research, development and policy investments by CGIAR, donors, national governments and NARES that shape pathways towards income, food and nutrition-secure futures.

 

Impact

Future-focused research will enable IRRI’s outcome themes, development and policy investments by CGIAR, donors, national governments and NARES to realize maximum impact in terms of reducing poverty, improving nutrition, preserving cultural heritage of smallholder farmers, while increasing inclusiveness and expanding employment opportunities for gender and youth along rice value chains.