Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Helping global rice science make a difference

In a recent essay, Bill Gates says, "You can achieve incredible progress if you set a clear goal and find a measure that will drive progress toward that goal." He goes on to add "This may seem basic, but it is amazing how often it is not done and how hard it is to get right."

In order "to get it right," key scientists from AfricaRice, CIAT, CIRAD, IRD, JIRCAS, and IRRI, who serve as the Theme Leaders and focal persons of the CGIAR Research Program on Rice -- known as the Global Rice Science Partnership or GRiSP in short -- met recently at IRRI, Los Baños, Philippines, to develop clear pathways from global rice research outputs to development outcomes and impact and establish metrics for monitoring and evaluation.

GRiSP streamlines current rice research for development activities of the CGIAR and aligns them with more than 900 rice research and development partners worldwide to increase rice productivity and value for the poor, foster more sustainable rice-based production, help rice farmers adapt to climate change and improve the efficiency and equity of the rice sector.

IRRI leads GRiSP and activities in Asia, with AfricaRice leading the work in Africa and CIAT the work in the Latin America and Caribbean region. Other internationally operating research organizations such as CIRAD, IRD, and JIRCAS play a strategic role in GRiSP.

To learn more about how GRiSP can make a difference, watch the GRiSP Theme Leaders and focal persons speaking about their important meeting.

For more information on GRiSP, visit http://www.cgiar.org/rice-grisp/