Geographic scope: Global
Initiated in 2011
The Sustainable Rice Platform (SRP), called together by UNEP and the International Rice Research Institute, is a multistakeholder partnership aimed at promoting resource efficiency and sustainability both on-farm and throughout the rice value chain.
Members: Private sector members (including international agrifood business engaged with the rice sector), National governments via the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, cooperatives, international donors and agencies (such as UNEP, GIZ, and FAO), international NGOs, and expert members such as research institutions and universities.
Global food production and climate is at risk
SRP was created in response to the shortfalls and pressure of rice production, which affects both livelihoods and the environment. With the increase in the demand for rice, this is a critical issue for global food security and climate change, both of which are on the SDG agenda.
Intentions and aspiration
Ensuring value-chain actors adopt rice sustainable best practices
The platform intends to increase sustainability in rice production and to improve livelihoods. The platform has a mission to “promote the resource efficiency and sustainability in the global rice sector through an alliance” that links stakeholders in the value chain. It was launched to promote the adoption of sustainable climate-smart best practices, as well as protecting the environment by boosting the use of resources (such as water and agrochemicals). The platform allows for collaboration between partners in the public and private sector and the NGO community. The goal is to develop a context for sustainable rice production, leverage supply chain mechanisms, and public policy development, while also establishing a recognized global platform.
Arrangements and capacitities
The platform is coordinated by a Secretariat hosted by UNEP’s Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific in Bangkok, and is overseen by an advisory committee, chaired by UNEP and co-chaired by IRRI. The secretariat supports an advisory committee and working groups, as well as the administration and coordination of the platform’s operations. SRP members must commit themselves to the mission, objectives, and activities of the platform. They will be required adopt best practices in their own organization, operating in a transparent manner.
Activities and outputs
The platform offers collaborative initiatives to overcome challenges (especially for smallholder farmers), cost savings through collaborative research, access to a high-level global forum for discussion, and networks and institutions on the national, regional, and global levels regarding the rice value chain. Members are also recognized on the SRP website. Moreover, there is access to tools and partnerships for managing social and environmental risks in the rice supply chain, as well as open access to the platform’s materials and databases online at the platform’s website.
Monitoring and evaluation
The working group is in charge of testing and developing the guidelines, standards, tools, and models for the production of sustainable rice and the development of impact indicators. As of now, the platform is focused on three interlinked instruments: (1) guidelines for sustainable rice cultivation, (2) performance indicators for sustainable rice cultivation, and (3) a standard for sustainable rice cultivation.