Improved rice systems and a better global rice economy -- these are a tall order. But a book, Rice in the Global Economy: Strategic Research and Policy Issues for Food Security, recently launched in Hanoi, Vietnam, on 11 November 2010, will help make sense of the ways to get there.
Published by the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI; http://irri.org ), the book features scholarly contributions covering different aspects of rice science, economics, sociology, and policy. It brings together world experts to examine strategic questions in the context of rice in the global economy, and lays out options for sustainable improvement of rice systems and enhanced performance of the global rice economy.
The book identifies five critical areas rice scientists and policymakers must make progress in -- providing a stable and affordable rice supply, managing structural changes, improving efficiency in input and value chains, reducing environmental impacts, and addressing rice development in lagging regions, such as Africa.
Achieving this means more attention and investment must be given to research and development, policies, and institutions that help the rice sector adapt to changes. Research and development allow the rice sector to do more with less. This could translate into increased yield and yield stability, rice adapted to climate change, input efficiency, reduction of environmental impacts, and added value, even as natural resources from which rice is produced decline.
Market policies need to support more tolerance of domestic price movement. Government institutions are critical for sustainable rice systems and effective markets and can help farmers respond to changes such as water scarcity and input reduction by providing a system of technical and market information support.
Rice in the Global Economy: Strategic Research and Policy Issues for Food Security is now available (contact RiceworldBookstore@cgiar.org). The book will also be available soon as a free download via Google Book Search at http://books.irri.org
Improved rice systems and a better global rice economy -- these are a tall order. But a book, Rice in the Global Economy: Strategic Research and Policy Issues for Food Security, recently launched in Hanoi, Vietnam, on 11 November 2010, will help m...