International Rice Research Institute (IRRI)

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A two-member delegation from International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) recently visited Punjab Agricultural University (PAU) to deliberate on emerging research areas for rice cultivation in Punjab and other parts of the world.

About International Rice Research Institute (IRRI):

  • IRRI is an independent, nonprofit, research and educational institute, founded in 1960 by the Ford and Rockefeller foundations with support from the Philippine government.
  • It is the world’s premier research organization dedicated to reducing poverty, hunger, and malnutrition through rice science.
  • It aims to improve the health and welfare of those who depend on rice-based agri-food systems, and promote and protect the environmental sustainability of rice farming for future generations.
  • Headquarters: Los Baños, Philippines.
  • It has offices in 17 rice-growing countries in Asia and Africa, and more than 1,000 staff. 
  • IRRI’s work is supported by a diverse network of investors aligned to common goals.
  • IRRI's research for development is characterized by its collaborative nature: from alliances with advanced research institutes; through strong collaborations and capacity development with governments and national agricultural research and extension systems.


Q1) Which are the major rice producing countries?

Just 10 countries are responsible for almost 85% of the world's rice production. China and India are the top two producers, accounting for more than half of the global total. All the top 10 producers are located in Asia, except for Brazil.

Source: Delegation from IRRI Philippines visits PAU to discuss rice project