Sustainable rice production in Asia

Improving the robustness, sustainability, productivity and eco-efficiencies of rice systems throughout Asia

Countries: India, Sri Lanka, Indonesia, Japan, Pakistan

Funding body: APN

Status: In progress

Time schedule: September 2012 – September 2015

Lead organisation: TIA

TIA researchers: Holger Meinke, David Parsons

The demand for rice is expected to double by 2050, a challenging target in the midst of competing demands for resources, and a changing and variable climate. Required production increases must be achieved sustainably. Productivity increases must focus on combinations of intervention actions at all levels.

This requires systems thinking supported by simulation modelling to integrate disciplinary knowledge and provide proactive evaluation of technologies and policies. This project uses in-country RD&E combined with modelling to design more efficient rice systems. We will increase the systems analytical capacities of scientists and organisations, and strengthen a network of researchers.

On-going communication with all stakeholders, particularly policy makers will be central.


  • Organise crop simulation and farming systems workshops in each host country (develop regional priorities in consultation with scientists and stakeholders, provide training)
  • Address priorities through simulation modelling and farming systems research (link with and build on existing research projects in areas such as crop physiology, greenhouse gas emissions, resource use, and crop health).
  • Hold collaboration meetings (promote interactions between scientists from different regions).
  • Hold workshops with stakeholders (discuss modelling results and develop opportunities for implementation of promising strategies).