1. Generate evidence of increased farmer profitability through integrated and adaptive research on crop and natural resource management
2. Optimize integrated, environmentally sustainable rice production systems
3. Reduce rice yield gaps in lowland rice cropping systems by combining outputs from (1) and (2)
4. Involve the formal development of Learning Alliances (LA)
The first phase (2012-2016) aimed to sustainably increase rice yields in three major granaries by conducting the following activities:
Assess needs and constraints among farmers and other stakeholders along the value chain and develop schemes to monitor and evaluate improved rice systems of the IRRC technologies.
Develop a computational framework for ex-ante assessment of integrated, high-yielding, and profitable rice production systems with minimum environmental footprint.
Use adaptive research in farmers’ fields to develop an iterative process among farmers, extension agents, and relevant rice value-chain partners for testing new cropping systems and technologies.
Develop novel mechanisms for outreach and scaling out, including farmer participatory videos, business model development, and strengthened market integration of farmers.
Build the capacity of partners in national agricultural research and extension systems and other stakeholders in the use of the developed tools and methodologies, and in improved crop management technologies.
During Phase II (2017-2020), the project achieved substantial progress through science-based quantitative tools and participatory methods that:
Generated evidence of increased profitability for smallholder farmers through an integrated and adaptive research approach to crop and natural resource management;
Optimized integrated sustainable rice production systems and developed market-based incentive mechanisms for sustainable rice value chains;
Reduced rice yield gaps in lowland rice cropping systems by combining outputs from (1) and (2); and
Involved the formal development of Learning Alliances (LA)
The expected outcomes of CORIGAP Phase III (2021-2022) are as follows:
Documenting, publishing, and disseminating the outcomes and lessons learned from the previous project phases and influencing policy
Designing pathways for the agroecological transition towards sustainable food systems
Developing and disseminating knowledge products that are needed by project partners for further scaling the project outputs and by other development partners, policymakers, and donors for using the learnings in other projects and regions.
The CORIGAP Advisory Committee
The CORIGAP Advisory Committee consists of a representative nominated by country partners for their country, and representatives from donor Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation and IRRI. The members are:
Dr. Michél Evequoz, SDC Representative and Senior Advisor, Federal Department of Foreign Affairs, Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation, Corporate Domain Global Cooperation Global Programme Food Security, Freiburgstrasse 130, 3003 Bern, Switzerland
Dr. Jonathan Hellin, IRRI Platform Leader, Sustainable Impact Platform, International Rice Research Institute, Los Baños, Laguna, Philippines
U Khin Maung Nyunt, Director, Extension Division, Department of Agriculture, Myanmar
Prof. Shaobing Peng, Director, Crop Physiology and Production Center, College of Plant Science and Technology Huazhong Agricultural University, Wuhan, Hubai 430070 P.R. China
Dr. Priatna Sasmita, Director, Indonesian Center for Food Crops Research and Development (ICFORD) Bogor 1611 – West Java, Indonesia
Prof. Nguyen Hong Son, President, Vietnam Academy of Agricultural Sciences (VAAS), Vinh Quynh - Thanh Tri - Hanoi, Vietnam
Dr. Sathaporn Tampawisit, Senior Specialist on Rice Inspection and Certification, Rice Department, Phahonyothin Road, Chatuchak, Bangkok 10900, Thailand
Dr. W.M.W. Weerakoon, Director General of Agriculture Department of Agriculture, Sri Lanka