Agenda

SRP Plenary Meeting & General Assembly

Tuesday, 3 October 2017

By Invitation Only
Representatives of SRP member institutions and invited partners and stakeholders are cordially invited to this annual gathering.

08:00 – 08:30
Registration

08:30 – 08:45
Opening remarks
Mark Radka, Chief, Energy and Climate Branch, Economy Division, UN Environment

08:45 – 09:00
Welcome/SRP Highlights and Challenges for Upscaling:
Dr Bruce Tolentino (Deputy Director General, International Rice Research Institute, and Co-Chair, Sustainable Rice Platform)

09:00 – 09:30
Activity Report 2017 (Wyn Ellis, Sustainable Rice Platform Coordinator)

09:30 10:00
Group photo / networking break

10:00 – 10:20
Report of Working Group 1: Communications, Outreach and Resource Mobilization (Lea Las Pinas, Sustainable Rice Platform Secretariat)

10:20 – 10:40
Report of Working Group 2: Public Sector Engagement (James Lomax, UN Environment)

10:40 – 12:00
Report of Working Group 3: Impact (Peter Sprang, Sustainable Rice Platform Technical Coordinator)

  • Pilot implementation: summary of country experiences and lessons learned
  • Standard Revision (Sandra Khananusit, Sustainable Rice Platform Consultant)
  • Assurance Framework (Peter Sprang, Sustainable Rice Platform Technical Coordinator)

12:00 – 13:30
Networking lunch break

13:30 – 14:30
Governance options for the Sustainable Rice Platform

14:30 – 15:00
Election of Advisory Committee Officers
(Closed session: SRP Full Members and Observers only)
Moderator: Bruce Tolentino

15:00 – 15:15
Closing remarks

4 Oct 2017

Wednesday, 4 October 2017

08:00
Registration

Opening session: Moderated by Dr. V. Bruce J. Tolentino, Deputy Director General, International Rice Research Institute

09:00
Welcome Remarks
Dr. Dechen Tsering, Regional Director and Regional Representative for Asia and Pacific, UN Environment

09:15
Welcome Remarks
Dr. Matthew Morell, Director General, International Rice Research Institute

09:30
Keynote Address
Kundhavi Kadiresan, Assistant Director-General and Regional Representative for Asia and the Pacific, Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations

09:45
Signing of Inter-Agency MOU between UN Environment and the International Rice Research Institute
Mark Radka, Chief, Energy and Climate Branch, Economy Division, UN Environment
Dr. Matthew Morell,
Director General, International Rice Research Institute

10:00
Networking Tea Break and Opening of Exhibition

10:30
High-level panel discussion: SRP as an Innovative Partnership for Sector Transformation

Moderator: James Lomax, Programme Management Officer, UN Environment

Panelist:

  • Dr. David Johnson, Leader for Sustainable Rice-based Production Systems Theme and Head, Crop & Environmental Sciences Division, International Rice Research Institute
  • Luc Beerens, Global Sustainability Director, Mars Food  
  • Mark Radka, Chief, Energy and Climate Branch, Economy Division, UN Environment
  • Nguyet Minh Le, Global Agriculture Advisor, Oxfam
  • Chris Brown, Vice President, Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability, Olam International

11:10 - 11:30
Overview of SRP and Introduction to Parallel Sessions
Dr. Wyn Ellis, Coordinator, Sustainable Rice Platform

 

Track 1: Drivers of Global Rice Sector Transformation

Moderator: Dr. V. Bruce J. Tolentino, Deputy Director General, International Rice Research Institute

  • Role of voluntary standards, indicators and market incentives
  • Policy as an enabling driver for economic, financial and environmental incentives
  • Approaches to incentivizing adoption of sustainable best practice
  • Consumer awareness and willingness to pay

Track 2: Global Rice Markets and Food Security

Moderator: Dr. David Dawe, Senior Economist, FAO

  • A macro view on the outlook for the global rice market
  • How can policy and trade promote food security and sustainability in the region
  • A regional strategy for sustainable food security in Asia

Track 3: Technology Convergence and Innovation: Tools for Climate-Smart Agriculture

Moderator: Oliver Benjamin Frith, Head of Resource Mobilization, International Rice Research Institute

  • Environmental indicators for farm management
  • Smallholder implementation of climate-smart technologies
  • Digital data monitoring and farm information systems
  • New developments in production systems (farm systems, fertilizers, post-harvest technologies and decision guidance tools)

11.30

The Sustainable Rice Platform: Transforming Rice Value Chains

Dr. Wyn Ellis, Coordinator, Sustainable Rice Platform

Sustainable Ag Transformation (VnSAT): Reducing Environmental Footprint of Rice Production in the Mekong Delta, Vietnam

Dr. Sergiy Zorya, Senior Agricultural Economist, World Bank Group

Shaping the Future of Agriculture Through Innovation

Simon-Thorsten Wiebusch, Country Group Head, Southeast Asia, Crop Science Division, Bayer

11.50

Drivers and Challenges to Adoption of Sustainable Growing Practices for Smallholder Basmati Growers in Haryana, India - LT Foods Experience

Ashutosh Kumar Sinha, Head- Agribusiness, LT Foods Limited, India

The Global Rice Market: A Private Sector Macro-Level Perspective

Paul Nicholson, Vice President, Rice Research and Sustainability, Olam International   

Recent Achievements of The Climate & Clean Air Coalition (CCAC) Paddy Rice Component

Dr. Bjoern Ole Sander, Scientist, International Rice Research Institute (IRRI), Philippines

12:10

GIZ Lessons Learnt from the Pilot Testing of SRP Standards and Indicators

Dr. Matthias Bickel, Program Director for Agriculture & Food, Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH

Rice Fortification - A Sustainable and Cost-Effective Intervention to Fight Micronutrient Deficiencies

Yannick Foing, Regional Director - Nutrition Improvement Program, Asia Pacific, DSM, Singapore

Case Study on SGS, Transparency-One and Mars Food: A Revolutionary Supply Chain Solution

Co-Presenters:
Georges Le Nigen
, Global Sales Manager, SGS Transparency-One
Luc Beerens, Global Sustainability Director, Mars Food

12.30

Networking Lunch

14.00

Key Drivers for Rice Sector Transformation in Asia and Africa

Christ Vansteenkiste, Rice Cluster Coordinator, VECO 

The Future of Thailand’s Rice Economy

Dr. Somporn Isvilanonda, Director, Knowledge Network Institute of Thailand (KNIT), Thailand

Working Together to Reduce Emissions and Improve Production: The Paddy Rice Research Group of Global Research Alliance on Agricultural Greenhouse Gases (GRA)

Kazuyuki Yagi, Research Manager for Climate Change Institute for Agro-Environmental Sciences, National Agriculture and Food Research Organization (NARO), Tsukuba, Japan

14.20

Using Sustainable Rice Platform Standard as a Tool for Assessing Farmers’ Practices for Targeted Farmers’ Training and Technology Intervention: Vietnam Experience

Joel D. Janiya, Senior Associate Scientist – Extension Agronomist, International Rice Research Institute (IRRI)

Jointly Addressing Sustainability Issues in Rice Value Chains

Ashish Srivastava, State Program Coordinator, Rural Economy, Intercooperation Social Development, India

Tools for Implementing Climate-Smart Agriculture in a Local Environment

Dr. Yasukazu Hosen, Sub Project Leader, Japan International Research Center for Agricultural Sciences (JIRCAS), Japan

14.40

The Myanmar 3030 Vision & A Rice-Inclusive System Approach in Myanmar

Co-Presentation:
U Yan Lin
, Member of Upper House of Myanmar’s Parliament and The Chairperson of The Parliamentary Council for Agriculture, Livestock & Rural Development
Kenneth Kyaw Shein
, CEO, PRIME Holdings, Myanmar

Managing Risk in Volatile Global Markets and Time of Weather Change

Jeremy Zwinger, President and CEO, The Rice Trader

Frontier Model of Large-Scale Full Mechanized Hybrid Rice

Dr. Made Adnyana, Senior Researcher, Indonesian Agency for Agricultural Research and Development

15.00

Water Productivity Project in India and Pakistan as An Example for Implementing Climate-Smart and Water-Efficient Rice Production Practices

Jens Soth, Senior Advisor Value Chains & Sustainable Commodities, Helvetas Swiss Intercooperation

The Rice Bowl Index to Guide Sustainable Development of Agri-Food Ecosystems in Asia

Dr. Andrew D Powell, Chief Executive, Officer/Secretariat Director, Asia BioBusiness Pte. Ltd./The Rice Bowl Index, Singapore

The Bühler Smart Farm™ Vision 2020

Co-Presenters:
Manuel Murrenhoff
, Project Manager Digitalization, Grain Logistics, Bühler Group, Germany
Kunal Prasad
, Co-founder and Chief Operating Officer, CropIn Technology Solutions Pvt Ltd.
Aakash Parekh
, Lead, International Sales, CropIn Technology Solutions Pvt Ltd. 

15:20

Water Stewardship in Practice – Mitigating Water Risk and Creating Shared Value in Agriculture

Zhenzhen Xu, Regional Director – Asia Pacific, Alliance for Water Stewardship (AWS)


Track Discussion: Q&A Session

 

Integrating Space, Traps and Apps for a South East-Asia Wide Early Warning System and Improved Rice Sustainability

Dr. Simon M Holland, Chief Executive Officer, Barefoot Lightning Ltd

15:40

Sustainability of Rice-Based Agriculture Sector in Sri Lanka Through SRP Standards

Co-Presenters:
Dr. Amitha Priyadardshani Bentota, Director, Rice Research and Development, Department of Agriculture, Sri Lanka
Jalini Kaushalya Galabada, Agricultural Economist, Socio Economics and Planning Centre, Sri Lanka

Technology Transfer System for Sustainable Rice Value Chain

Astari Widya Dharma, BRIA Regional Secretariat, Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH

16.00
Networking tea break

16.30
Plenary session: Track reports from Day 1 (3 rapporteurs)

17.00
Networking cocktail

Note:

The Sustainable Rice Platform would like to state that it is not endorsing any product, service or technology, mentioned or displayed, during the course of the First Global Sustainable Rice Conference and Exhibition.

5 Oct 2017

Thursday, 5 October 2017

08:30
Coffee

09:00 – 09:10
Introduction to Day 2, Dr Wyn Ellis
, Coordinator, Sustainable Rice Platform

09:10 – 09:40
Plenary session: Sustainability Initiatives at the International Rice Research Institute
Prof Grant Singleton, Principal Scientist, International Rice Research Institute

09:40 – 09:45
Introduction to Tracks 4-6, Lea Las Pinas, Communications Coordinator, Sustainable Rice Platform

09:45 – 10:30
Morning break

 

Track 4: Assurance and Smallholder Finance

Moderator: Peter Sprang, Technical Coordinator, Sustainable Rice Platform

  • Case studies on best practice initiatives (Asia / Africa / America)
  • Certification, chain of custody, traceability
  • Microfinancing
  • Non-certification models (e.g. VERIFIK8, AKVO)

Track 5: Crop Protection, Nutrient and Water Management

Moderator: Dr. Bas Bouman, Director, CGIAR Research Program on Rice Agri-Food Systems (RICE), International Rice Research Institute 

  • Integrated pest management strategies and tools for rice cultivation
  • Advances in crop protection and nutrient management
  • Alternative wetting and drying – saving and water management technology for farming
  • Water quality management
  • Capacity building

Track 6
Incentives for Sustainability

Co-Moderators:
James Lomax, Programme Management Officer, UN Environment
Dr. Lucy Garrett, Specialist, Incentives for Ecosystem Services, Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, Rome

  • What types of incentives are available?
  • Why are they needed?
  • Links to standards and indicators
  • Beyond certification
  • Policy levers (ecosystem services, ecosystem-based adaptation, etc),

10.30

The Sustainable Rice Platform Assurance Framework: Providing the Rules of the Game for Multiple Service Providers for Multiple Levels of Assurance

Peter Sprang, Technical Coordinator, Sustainable Rice Platform

Climate-Smart Rice Production Systems: Synergies for Mitigation and Adaptation Through Improved Water Management

Dr. Reiner Wassmann, Coordinator, Climate Change Research, International Rice Research Institute (IRRI), Philippines

Incentive Models to Increase Economic Sustainability

Suriyan Vichitlekarn, BRIA Regional Project Director, Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH

10.50

Revision of the SRP Standard for Rice Cultivation

Sandra Khananusit, Independent Consultant, Sustainable Rice Platform

Save and Grow – FAO’s Approach to Building More Productive, Resource Use-Efficient, Resilient and Climate-Smart Rice Production Systems for Food and Nutrition Security in Asia

Jan Willem Ketelaar, Chief Technical Officer, Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, Thailand

Impact of the Thai Rice Pledging Policy: Towards the Sustainable Policy for Smallholders

Dr. Nipon Poapongsakorn
, Distinguished Fellow, Thai Development Research Institute, Thailand

11.10

The UTZ Sustainable Rice Platform Assurance Programme: An Inclusive, 3-tier Model for Rice Smallholders

Geert Eenhoorn, Rice Project Manager, UTZ, Netherlands

Suitable Landscape-Based Rice Indicators to Accommodate for the Changes of New Water Management Strategies in Paddy Rice Cultivation

Dr. Petra Schmitter, Agricultural Water Management Researcher, International Water Management Institute (IWMI), Myanmar

Integrated Incentives as an Innovative Financing Mechanism for Sustainable Rice Cultivation

Dr. Lucy Garrett, Specialist, Incentives for Ecosystem Services, Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, Rome

11.30

Using Innovation to Build Accessible and Credible Supply Chains: Introducing VERIFIK8

Emmanuelle Bourgois, Chief Executive Officer, FairAgora Asia, Thailand

Moving from Flood Irrigated Paddy Rice to Drip Irrigation to Improve Rice Crop Productivity, Efficiency and Sustainability

Co-Presenters:
Eli Vered, R&D Senior Agronomist, Netafim, Israel
Dr. R. Sabarinathan, Manager, Agronomy, Netafim Irrigation India Pvt. Ltd

Embodying and Internalizing Sustainability Standards in Rice Value Chains: Experimental Evidence from Vietnam

Dr. Matty Demont, Senior Economist, International Rice Research Institute (IRRI), The Philippines

11.50

Smallholder and SME finance in Asian Rice Production

Rachel Zedeck, Director, Peterson Asia

Private-Public Partnership on Crop Protection and Stewardship in Sustainable Rice Production

Nguyen Thi Phuong Nga, BRIA Viet Nam, Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH

Learning Around the System of Rice Intensification (SRI) for Food Security and Market Development

Dr. Abha Mishra, Director, Asian Center of Innovation for Sustainable Agriculture Intensification (ACISAI), Asian Institute of Technology (AIT), Bangkok, Thailand

12.10

Blended Finance Opportunities in the Sustainable Agriculture Sector

Arindom Datta, Asia Head, Sustainability Banking, Rabo India Securities Limited, India

Meeting Farmers’ Needs with Customized Agronomic Solutions

Mahesh Girdhar, Head of Crop Management, Rice, Bayer

Champions, Networks, Incentives and the Uptake of the System of Rice Intensification (SRI)

Lucy Fisher, Associate Director of Communications, SRI-Rice, Cornell University, USA

12:30

Networking lunch

14.00

Set-Up of Assured Data Collection and Data Handling Tooling for the Rice Sector

Lissy Van Noort, Program Manager, AKVO, Vietnam

Demonstration on How AgBalance Can Enable Smallholder Farmers to Become Even More Sustainable

Andy Beadle, Global Sustainability and Product Stewardship - Crop Protection, BASF, Germany

Adapting the Global SRP Standards for the Certification of Sustainable Rice Production in the U.S.

Co-presenters:
Mary Grady, Deputy Director, American Carbon Registry, an enterprise of Winrock International, USA
Dr. Robert Ziegler, Director Emeritus, International Rice Research Institute (IRRI)

14.20

Impacts of Food Safety and Authenticity Issues on the Rice Trade – Mechanisms to Control and Protect Product Integrity and the Supply Chain

Dr. Thomas Unger, Managing Director, Eurofins Global Control GmbH

Hopper Management in Rice: A New Breakthrough for Confidence of a Good Harvest

Pampapathy Gurulingappa, APAC Regional Product Development Manager for DuPont™ Pyraxalt™

GMS Strategy and Siem Reap Action Plan for Promoting Safe and Environment Friendly Agro-Based Value Chains: Implications on Rice Sector Policies and Investments in the GMS

Dr. Apichai Thirathon, Agronomist and Environment Specialist, GMS Core Agricultural Support

14:40

Increasing Smallholder Sustainability Through Innovative Crop Production, Organic Farm Training/Management and Microfinancing

Clint Coo, Business Development Manager, Siam Organic, Thailand

The Good Growth Plan: Syngenta’s Commitment to Sustainable Rice Productivity

Dr. Kon Kee Fui, Asia-Pacific Head of Crop Protection Development for Solutions, Syngenta, Singapore

A technical approach to conservation incentives, taking individual rewards to a landscape solution

Nicholas Spencer, Executive Director, IBIS Rice Conservation Company Ltd, Cambodia

15:00

Professional Management System (PMS) at Producer Level to Assure Farm-Level Implementation of Sustainable Practices

Geert Eenhoorn, Rice Project Manager, UTZ, Netherlands 

Dow AgroSciences’s Innovations to Support Sustainable Rice Production

Somsak Samanwong, Asean Technology Transfer Leader, Dow AgroSciences, Thailand

Showcasing the Sustainable Agriculture Initiative-Nestle (SAI-N) and Creating Shared Value (CSV), Alongside the Nestle Paddy Club in Malaysia

Lee Keng Yong, Agriculture Services Manager, Nestle, Malaysia

15:20

Track Discussion: Q&A Session

Life Cycle Assessment for Rice Sustainability

Dr. Rattanawan Mungkong, Lecturer, Kasetsart University, Thailand

Track Discussion: Q&A Session

15:40
Networking tea break

16:15
Plenary session: Track reports from Day 2 (rapporteurs)

16:45
Presentation of Draft Bangkok Declaration

17:00
Closing session

Note:

The Sustainable Rice Platform would like to state that it is not endorsing any product, service or technology, mentioned or displayed, during the course of the First Global Sustainable Rice Conference and Exhibition.

Post Conference Site Tour

Post-Conference Site Tour

The SRP post-conference site tour is one-day activity the aims to offer interested rice stakeholders the opportunity to learn from the success of the Thailand experience in promoting smallholder adoption of sustainable rice cultivation, through multi-stakeholder partnership.

The proposed itinerary is as follows:

8:00
Pick-up from UN building

9:30
Rice Department and BRIA
Venue: Rice Department, Kasetsart University

Topic: Overview on Sustainable Rice Production

  • Outcomes from 2016 pilot test
  • Challenges encountered
  • Best practices

10:30
BREAK

10:50
Topic: Overview on Thai Rice NAMA Project

  • Introduction, goals, objectives
  • Current progress

11:30
Depart for Ayutthaya

12:30
LUNCH in Ayutthaya

2:00
Topic: Field Visit

  • Meet farmers and local miller

3:00
Visit local market:
SACICT (SUPPORT Arts and Crafts International Centre of Thailand)

4:00
Return to Bangkok

5:30
Arrive in Bangkok