As part of its cooperation with the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI), the DLG (German Agricultural Society) will support this year’s International Rice Congress (IRC 2023), in Manila, Philippines.
IRC 2023 is the largest gathering of the stakeholders of rice-based food systems worldwide. Under the terms of the partnership, DLG will leverage synergies from its international knowledge network and Agritechnica, trade fair for agricultural machinery.
Started in 2002 and held every four years, the International Rice Congress has served as a platform for scientists, experts, and decision makers from the government, private, and public sector to develop evidence-based solutions to the challenges of the global rice sector. Rice, the staple food for more than half of the global population, remains a critical commodity for farmers, consumers, and government decision makers.
“There is an urgency to focus the discussions on how to provide holistic science-based solutions to the combined impacts of climate extremes, looming rice crisis, conflict and economic shocks to the rice value chain. We look forward to meeting long-time partners and collaborators as well as new players in the agri-food, climate change, and nutrition sector and learn from each other,” said IRRI Director General Jean Balié.
DLG, known for its Agritechnica exhibitions in Europe and Asia Pacific, will be supporting this year’s International Rice Congress with coordinating the co-located trade show and professional communication that reaches its thousands of international crop production contacts, many from the rice sector.
Agritechnica, which takes place in Hanover, Germany, every two years, has in the past included an extensive rice feature, which brought together technical exhibits and practical solutions in rice cultivation, notably from Italy, Portugal and Spain. Together with IRRI, the rice feature was further developed for the audience at ‘Agritechnica Asia’, a biennial agricultural machinery solutions trade fair held in Thailand, and presented water management, crop protection, harvesting and the specific demands made on machinery and equipment at the last event in 2022.
With its central theme “Accelerating Transformation of Rice-Based Food Systems: From Gene to Globe,” IRC 2023 will highlight solutions and innovations that could help address critical issues on agriculture and climate change, food and nutrition security, environmental sustainability, and human and economic development.
“The International Rice Research Institute’s capacity to bring together stakeholders in the rice industry and engage them in collaborative discussions, coupled with DLG’s expertise in promoting agricultural exhibitions and professional agricultural know-how, promises a dynamic conference,” said Katharina Staske, managing director, DLG Asia Pacific.
The DLG’s mission is to share agricultural knowledge across borders. “The support of the International Rice Congress with names like Bayer, regrow, Kubota and CNH is a good example of the kind of projects DLG pursues,” adds Staske.
By 2050, global rice demand is expected to increase by 30 percent. Countries in Southeast Asia like Thailand and Vietnam are among the biggest rice exporters worldwide. As a result, the region will continue to play a critical role in ensuring global rice supply.
Rice machinery solutions for increased efficiency and genetic research are important aspects to meeting the future. Bringing rice and technical machinery experts together in one venue at the IRC 2023 is a significant advantage for participants, representing the entire rice value chain – from rice farmers and producers to marketeers and consumers.
The sixth edition of International Rice Congress will be held at the Philippine International Convention Center (PICC), which has recently been declared as a Natural Cultural Treasure for its richness in Filipino history, heritage and culture. Previous International Rice Congress have been held in Beijing (2002), New Delhi (2006), Hanoi (2010), Bangkok (2014), and Singapore (2018). This year’s congress will be the first edition held in the Philippines, the headquarters of IRRI.
The last International Rice Congress attracted some 1,500 delegates from 64 countries, including high-level representatives from the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization, the World Food Programme, International Fund for Agricultural Development, governments of India, Uganda and Singapore, Bayer Crop Science, Oxfam, and Corteva Agriscience. The event also featured over 300 posters with technical details on individual topics and more than 400 research presentations of different studies across the globe.
International Rice Research Institute (IRRI)
IRRI is dedicated to abolishing poverty and hunger among people and populations that depend on rice-based agri-food systems. Through our work and partnerships, we aim to improve the health and welfare of rice farmers and consumers; promote environmental sustainability in a world challenged by climate change; and support the empowerment of women and the youth in the rice industry.
IRRI is a member of CGIAR, the world’s largest agricultural research partnership dedicated to a food-secure future.