In Singapore, Corteva Agriscience and the International Rice Research Institute announced a multi-year framework agreement on collaborative rice research, deployment of new breeding technologies and development of breeding programs.
“Our shared goal for this partnership is to help rice farmers to become more productive and sustainable,” said Peter Ford, Corteva Agriscience’s president, Asia Pacific. “Our collaboration will allow us to offer farmers a broader suite of high-performing products and effective science-based innovations that will optimize yield and crop quality. Partnerships such as this create the power of scale and will drive positive change for rice farmers.”
Rice is the world’s most important staple food, directly feeding more people than any other crop. Increased competition for dwindling resources, unpredictable climates, farm labor shortages and lack of technical expertise are issues threatening the future of rice. To keep pace, rice production needs to increase by 25 percent over the next 25 years.