CORRA-GRiSP workshop on Asian national rice strategies 6-7 May, 2014 Malaysia
The workshop initiated a systematic inventory of national rice development strategies from across Asia. This event organized jointly by CORRA (Council for Partnership on Rice Research in Asia) & the Global Rice Science Partnership (GRiSP) and hosted by the Malaysian Agricultural Research & Development Institute (MARDI).
20 Participants from CORRA member countries including Malaysia, Indonesia, Myanmar, Philippines, Thailand, Vietnam, Colombia and Iran attended this workshop.
In the workshop, the main areas of presentation by participants were:
- Introduction: Current status rice sector
- Main challenges and opportunities
- Development plans and goals of rice sector
- Possible Common development objectives
- Implications or strategies for national rice R&D
They produced the following as outputs which then were presented at the annual CORRA meeting during the 4th International Rice Congress held on 27-31 October 2014 in Bangkok.
- Inventory of current country-level rice R&D strategies / programs.
- Definition of a common template to systematically capture these strategies.
- Identification of commonalities among the strategies that can feed into GRiSP.
- A proposed plan on how goals and quantitative targets can be set.
Invited by IRRI, Dr. K. A. Shahdi, CWARice Coordinator / Head, participated in this workshop as an observer to lead in organizing a similar workshop planned for the Central and West Asia (CWA) region and also to further strengthen the regional collaboration by eventually becoming a regional advisory group for GRiSP at CWA region similar to CORRA in the future. In this workshop, Dr. Shahdi presented programs and strategies of CWARice and its mission in Central-West Asia.