“Our objective is to make smallholder farmers more resilient and competitive so that they can achieve prosperity and provide poor consumers with affordable rice in a sustainable manner. That’s a win-win the world needs to see,” Kadiresan noted.

IRC partners and future collaboration

“We face significant challenges if we care to deliver food and nutritional security for all people. Together, with a host of like-minded organisations, we can translate sound scientific research into innovative solutions for the world's smallest farmers,” said Dr Matthew Morell, Director General of IRRI.

“Understanding the current and future needs of our rice stakeholders allows us to target our work towards the most effective solutions. With our partners, we can put in place concrete steps to bring about significant change in the global agri-food system.”

According to Morell, IRC 2018 is a call to galvanise organisations towards more cohesive and sustainable approaches to address these critical socio-economic and environmental issues.

In this context, the IRRI, Agri-food & Veterinary Authority of Singapore (AVA), and the FAO renewed their commitment to direct efforts and resources to achieve global food and nutrition security at IRC 2018.

As Singapore is a net importer of rice, AVA supported the conference and recognised the importance of a sustainable, resilient supply of rice globally.