RICE BREEDING INNOVATIONS
The Rice Breeding Innovations (RBI) platform of the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI), in collaboration with national agricultural research and extension systems (NARES) partners, develops and deploys innovative breeding strategies, tools, and technologies to sustainably enhance the genetic potential of rice for higher yield and its ability to tolerate pest and diseases infestations, soil and environmental stresses due to drought, salinity, and sodicity, and lower temperatures while improving its grain and nutritional qualities resulting to delivery of improved varieties and products to farmers, consumers, and other end-users in a fast and effective manner.
RBI has been actively engaged in the modernization of IRRI's breeding programs to meet the needs of farmers and consumers. To that end, it has been engaged in the development of market segments and product concepts, development of relative maturity system, product management, development of multilocation testing networks in collaboration with NARES partners. It utilizes a unified breeding strategy, dubbed as 'OneRice,' for standardization, utilizing genomic selections and predictions, and reducing breeding cycle time through Rapid Generation Advancement. Underpinning these are pre-breeding activities such as deployment of major native genes into elite materials, disease resistance stewardship, making marker-assisted selection (MAS) more reliable, digitization of data through proprietary databases, and intellectual property records.
The RBI Program Management team ensures communications, delivery of project outcomes, and fulfillment of reporting requirements. The Platform conducts all its activities in compliance with IRRI’s policies and procedures to ensure minimal environmental footprint. The Rice Breeding Risk management team works with staff and liaises with the IRRI risk management team to ensure a safe working environment and implementation of safety compliance and mitigation strategies. All seeds are transferred nationally and internationally through “safe seed transfer” processes and procedures by testing them rigorously at the Seed Health Unit based at IRRI prior to subjecting them for inspections and certification for phytosanitary and quarantine requirements. All seeds are only sent through FAO-developed Standard Material Transfer Agreement and IRRI’s Material Transfer Agreements to comply with CGIAR Intellectual Property policies and procedures.
Strengthening seed systems in Eastern Uttar Pradesh
Data and demand-driven varietal advancement through potential seed networks is at the core of the Rice Breeding Innovations Platform of the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI).
As part of this mission, the IRRI Seed System team and IRRI Education organized a two-day varietal cafeteria field day at the IRRI South Asia Regional Centre (ISARC). The goal was to observe and assess the comparative performance of seed varieties among the seed system stakeholders in the eastern part of Uttar Pradesh.
Government of Odisha and IRRI collaborate to speed up varietal promotion and replacement
Rapid varietal replacement is critical to delivering climate adaptation and securing food and nutrition. The joint collaborations of the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI), the Department of Agriculture and Farmers Empowerment of the Government of Odisha, aim to speed up the variety replacement rate in Odisha by adopting new varieties with different useful traits.
Department of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare of the Government of Odisha reaffirms state support to IRRI’s research programs
Marking the World Food Day, Dr. Arabinda Kumar Padhee, Principal Secretary of the Department of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare of the Government of Odisha, visited IRRI’s program sites in Puri, Odisha, reaffirming support towards food sustainability. The State Policymaker and Administrator was accompanied by several key agriculture officials including the Chief District Agriculture Officer (CDAO) of Puri.
Women-led community seed production and marketing enterprise sows change in Northern Bangladesh
The journey of Srimati Gouri Rani Shankar is nothing less than an inspiration for women in general and women in agriculture in particular. She has set an example for successful women-led community-level enterprises in an agrarian economy. Today, Gouri Rani is 58 years old and is the president of the executive committee of the Khoddokomorpur Women Union Federation in the Gaibandha District of Northern Bangladesh (Rangpur Division).