A third-party agency audits the sustainability of SRP farmers in Thailand.
Photo: ©GIZ BRIA/Astari Widya Dharma

04.10.2018

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In the framework of the Sustainable Rice Platform (SRP) in South-East Asian countries, Deutsche Gesellschaft für internationale Zusammenarbeit (giz) has implemented the Better Rice Initiative Asia (BRIA), improving the income of the participating farmers.

The Sustainable Rice Platform (SRP) established in 2013 is one of the most prominent global multi-stakeholder forums in the rice sector. SRP is convened by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI), while Deutsche Gesellschaft für internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) is one of the co-founders.
 
From the beginning, GIZ has been actively engaged in contributing technical support from GIZ’ on-farm experiences and also in developing the SRP instruments. With a mission to promote resource efficiency and sustainability in the global rice sector, SRP aims to offer the global rice supply sector a proven set of instruments to facilitate wide-scale adoption of sustainability best practices.
 
The SRP Standard on Sustainable Rice Cultivation – the world’s first sustainability standard for rice – defines an overall framework for climate-smart sustainable best practices in any rice-based system. As a supplement to the standard, a set of Performance Indicators (PI) was launched as a quantitative tool to measure impacts of adoption of the Standard.
 
In 2017, some farmers in Thailand received approximately four per cent higher selling price of their wet paddy from their sustainable rice cultivation standard practices.

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