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

08:30 – 08:45
Opening remarks (Mark Radka, Chief, UN Environment Energy and Climate Change Division and Co-Chair, Sustainable Rice Platform)

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


Opening session: Moderated by Dr. V. Bruce J. Tolentino, Ph.D., Deputy Director-General and Secretary, IRRI Board of Trustees, International Rice Research Institute

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

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

Opening Remarks
Minister as Guest of Honour (tbc)

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

End of Plenary Session
Networking Tea Break and Opening of Exhibition

High-level panel discussion: SRP as an innovative partnership for sector transformation

Moderator: James Lomax, Programme Management Officer, UN Environment


  • 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 of Energy Branch, UN Environment
  • Nguyet Minh Le, Senior Advisor, Agri-Business Program Development, 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, Ph.D., Deputy Director-General and Secretary, IRRI Board of Trustees, 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 Mobilisation, International Rice Research Institute (IRRI)

  • 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)


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, VietnamDr.

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


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


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

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


Networking Lunch


Key Drivers for Rice Sector Transformation in Asia and Africa

Christ Vansteenkiste, Programme Advisor, Vredeseilanden (VECO)

The Future of Thailand’s Rice Economy

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


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)

Rice Investment Opportunities in West Africa

Ibrahim Gourouza Magagi, Chief Operating Officer, NEPAD, South Africa

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


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

Kenneth Kyaw Shein
, CEO, PRIME Holdings, Myanmar
U Yan Lin
, Chairman, Parliamentary Committee for AGRI, Livestock and Rural Development, Myanmar

Building a Sustainable Rice Brand: IFC Experience in Cambodia and Vietnam

Bas Rozemuller, Project Manager Manufacturing, Agribusiness & Services Advisory Services, International Finance Corporation

Frontier Model of Large-Scale Full Mechanized Hybrid Rice

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


Water Productivity Project in India and Pakistan

Reserved for Helvetas Swiss Intercooperation (tbc)

Jointly Addressing Sustainability Issues in Rice Value Chain

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

The Bühler Smart Farm™ Vision 2020

Manuel Murrenhoff, Project Manager Digitalization, Grain Logistics, Bühler Group, Germany


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

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

Overview of Rice Market in Indonesia

Dr Sumardjo Gatot Irianto, Director General, Directorate General of Food Crops, Ministry of Agriculture, Indonesia

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

Dr. Simon M Holland, Barefoot Lightning Ltd


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

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

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

Farm Management: Self-Assessment of Sustainable Practices

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

Networking tea break

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

Networking cocktail


5 Oct 2017

Thursday, 5 October 2017


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

09:10 – 09:40
Plenary session: CORIGAP Initiatives, Grant Singleton, (IRRI) 

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

09:45 – 10:15
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
  • Market drivers
  • Non-certification models (e.g. PGS)

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

James Lomax, Programme Management Officer, UN Environment
Dr. Lucy Garrett, Consultant, Incentives for Environmental Services, FAO 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),


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

Policy and Farm-Level Incentives in Thailand:

Reserved for Dr. Nipon Poapongsakorn, Distinguished Fellow, Thai Development Research Institute (tbc)


Revision Process of the SRP Secretariat: Overview on the proposed revisions under ISEAL-compliant public consultation process

Reserved for Sandra Khananusit, Independent Consultant, Sustainable Rice Platform (tbc)

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, FAO, The Netherlands

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

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


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

Ellen Brouwer, Standard & Assurance Supply Chain Management Expert, UTZ, Netherlands
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

Landscape-Level Incentives

Dr. Lucy Garrett, Consultant, Incentives for Environmental Services, FAO Rome


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

Emmanuelle Bourgois, CEO, FairAgora Asia, Thailand

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

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

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


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

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


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

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

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


Networking lunch


Session reserved for AKVO

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.

Mary Grady, Deputy Director, American Carbon Registry, an enterprise of Winrock International, USA
Bob Ziegler, Director Emeritus, International Rice Research Institute (IRRI)


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™

The 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

Apichai Thirathon


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

Clint Coo, Business Development Manager, Siam Organic, Thailand

Proposed Title: The Syngenta Good Growth Plan
Abstract awaited

Dr. Kon Kee Fui, Head of Rice Crop Protection R&D, Syngenta, Singapore (tbc)

Protecting Threatened Wetland Birds Through Ibis Rice - Combining Incentives for Cambodian Rice Farmers

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


Sustainable Rice Development in Uganda

Philip Idro, Director, Upland Rice Millers Co. Ltd., Uganda

Dow AgroSciences’s Innovations to Support Sustainable Rice Production

Dr. Bobba, Venkata Niranjan Kumar, R&D Leader of Dow AgroSciences ASEAN

Incentives for Exporters: A Miller's Perspective and Practice in Cambodia

David Sok, Vice President, Golden Rice, Cambodia


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

Wim Spierinnghs, Training and Learning Officer, UTZ, Netherlands
Geert Eenhoorn, Rice Project Manager, UTZ, Netherlands 

Life Cycle Assessment for Rice Sustainability

Dr. Rattanawan Mungkong, Lecturer, Kasetsart University, 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

Networking tea break

Plenary session: Track reports from Day 2 (rapporteurs)

Closing session