Many scientific studies have confirmed that rice production is adversely affected by the impacts of climate change. For example, rising temperatures could increase arsenic concentrations in rice paddies and reduce yields by almost 40% between now and the year 2100. India, a leading rice producer, could also lose its current rice productivity if climate change adaptation measures are not taken.
The Sustainable Rice Platform (SRP), a collaborative project of the United Nations and the International Rice Research Institute, is working with 500,000 farmers in 22 countries to set the social and environmental sustainability standards for rice.
The platform serves as a sustainability label with criteria that farmers have to meet to be certified, such as reduced fertilizer use, integrated pest management, and, good water use.
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