FAO Council Side Event on the Regional Rice Initiative Rome, Italy, 18 June 2014


The Asia Regional Rice Initiative (RRI) has been implemented jointly by FAO Headquarters and Decentralized Offices since 2013 with the objectives of (i) focusing on the importance of goods and services produced by and available from rice ecosystems and landscapes and (ii) supporting rice farmers and producers in three pilot countries – Indonesia, Lao PDR and the Philippines – in practicing sustainable intensification of rice-based farming systems.

The RRI is designed to support the FAO Strategic Objective 2 (SO2) that is aimed at making agriculture, forestry and fisheries more productive and sustainable.

The FAO Council Side Event, organized in Rome on 18 June 2014, informed FAO Member Countries of the progress made and lessons learned from the pilot phase of the Asia Regional Rice Initiative in 2013 and how the Initiative will further contribute to the SO2 goals in the 2014-2015 biennium.

The Side Event also called on governments to (re)formulate and implement national rice strategies or policies building on the Regional Rice Strategy for Asia and the Pacific which has been recently crafted by the FAO Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific, with support from an External Rice Advisory Group.

Here a link to the RRI Side Event website page, where all presentations and brochures on RRI work to date as well as the Regional Rice Strategy publication are uploaded.

http://www.fao.org/unfao/govbodies/gsbhome/council/cl149/side-events/regional-rice-initiative/en/

For Side Event photos: https://www.flickr.com/photos/faonews/sets/72157645279929793/