13-14 September, 2012, Patancheru
The 16th Annual meeting of Council for Partnership on Rice Research in Asia (CORRA) was co-hosted by Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR)and International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) and was organized at International Crop Research Institute for Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT), Hyderabad.
The meeting was aimed at developing a roadmap for rice research-for-development (R4D) in Asia to achieve sustainable rice productivity and meet present and future food security and nutrition challenges. Senior officials from 14 member countries participated in the meeting.
In his opening message, Dr. S. Ayyappan, Secretary, DARE & Director General, ICAR, stressed the importance of making smallholder rice farmer stronger and more resilient as global threats of climate become more evident. On the other hand, Dr Robert Zeigler, IRRI Director General shared his view that while increased productivity may not make smallholder farmers richer, having various relevant technology available to them provides them strength.
Earlier welcoming the participants, ICRISAT Director General William Dar shared his early affiliation with CORRA, expressed confidence that CORRA as a strategic partnership mechanism plays a vital role in meeting the challenges of the global rice research system.
Dr. Rita Sharma, Member, Board of Trustees, IRRI and Secretary, National Advisory Council, Government of India stressed the need for effectively addressing policy issues concerning rice research for development by CORRA members Countries.
Dr V Bruce Tolentino, Deputy Director General for Communication Partnerships, IRRI expressed that by 2035, global demand for rice will be more than 135 million metric tons. Rice growing countries in Asia, particularly members of CORRA, should therefore share research outputs and work together towards a food-secure world.
The meeting featured five country reports, namely: (1) Trends and current developments in studying the nutritional aspects of rice in Japan; (2) Intellectual property management in Thailand; (3) Public-private partnership in rice seed industry in Bangladesh; (4) Methods and tools used in generating rice statistics and progress of integrated crop management in Indonesia; and (5) Rice technology management in India focusing on the KVKs experiences.
Members of CORRA are represented by senior officials of selected NARES in Asia. This in effect provided the meeting with a strong intellectual and political voice and vast opportunities to deliberate on important research and policy issues affecting the livelihoods of rice farmers consumers, and influencing the rice R4D agenda in the region.
The concluding session was chaired by Dr. K.D. Kokate, Deputy Director General (Agril.Extn) where in summary of recommendations and follow up actions were discussed. The Chairperson remarked that CORRA member countries may work together, share and document those knowledge and experiences. The Chairperson concluded the session with vote of thanks to CORRA Secretariat, IRRI and ICRISAT.
(Source: Extension Divison ICAR)