Rice is responsible for 10% of global methane emissions. In Southeast Asia, the rice cultivation accounts for as much as 25-33%.
There are climate-smart agriculture (CSA) solutions available today that can help decrease the environmental footprint of rice production. These technologies and practices can increase rice productivity, improve climate resilience of crops and reduce the sector’s greenhouse gas emissions.
However, the promotion and adoption of CSA technologies require the concerted effort of governments, the private sector, and the international development community to push for greener rice production.
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More on reducing the impact of making rice production on climate change:
Fostering the adoption of sustainable rice straw innovations in Vietnam through private sector engagement
IRRI and the Loc Troi Agricultural Research Institute signed an agreement on developing smart paddy logistics management and sustainable rice straw solutions at the Loc Troi Group’s 7th Science Café in An Giang Province. With this year’s theme, Solutions for sustainable, stable, and continuous agricultural production, the event attracted more than 70 representatives from various local and international private sectors and research and development agencies. Organized by the Loc Troi Group, one of Vietnam’s leading manufacturers and distributors of seeds, crop protection chemicals, fertilizers, and food products, the Science Café aimed to tackle issues concerning agricultural production, particularly in the Mekong River Delta.
Rice sector key to meeting Vietnam’s methane reduction targets by 2030
At COP 26 Glasgow, Vietnamese Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh, together with more than 100 countries, signed a methane emission reduction pledge. The Pledge indicates that participants agree to take voluntary actions to contribute to a collective effort to reduce global methane emissions by at least 30 percent from 2020 levels by 2030. The feasibility of fulfilling this pledge depends on the realistic levels of methane reduction at the national level. IRRI analyzed how the Vietnamese government could achieve the 30 percent target methane emission reduction in this recently-published piece at East Asia Forum.
BAU and IRRI train scientists and extension officials on modern rice production and climate-smart agriculture
Bihar Agricultural University (BAU) and the International Rice Research Institute South Asia Regional Centre conducted a training program to increase the knowledge of scientists and extension officials on modern rice production technologies and climate-smart agriculture. Thirty scientists and heads of Bihar’s agricultural extension centers Krishi Vigyan Kendra participated in “Modern rice production technologies, climate-smart agriculture, and mechanization,” the capacity-development training under BAU’s Climate Resilient Agriculture Program. The activity was designed for participants to gain knowledge and skills in modern rice production technologies and innovations to mitigate global challenges due to the climate crisis using a learner-centric approach.