Programme

08:00
Main Conference Registration & Morning Coffee


Plenary Sessions for Conference Day 1


09:00
Introduction

Leona Liu, UN-REDD Asia-Pacific Regional Communications Specialist, United Nations, Thailand

09:05
Opening Ceremony

Speakers:
Dechen Tsering, Regional Director and Representative, Asia and the Pacific Office, UN Environment
Jong-Jin Kim, Deputy Regional Representative for the Asia and the Pacific, Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)
Temina Lalani-Shariff, Director of Communication and Stakeholder Engagement, International Rice Research Institute (IRRI)

09:45
Partnership Agreement Signing Ceremony between SRP and GlobalG.A.P.

Kristian Moeller, CEO, GLOBALG.A.P.
Matthias Bickel
, Chair, Sustainable Rice Platform

10:00
Morning Networking & Refreshment Break

10:30
Plenary Panel Discussion 1:
A New Rice Revolution: How can rice combat poverty and climate change?

  • What does the future hold if we fail to act now?
  • How is a single basic commodity linked to a range of SDGs?
  • What is the role of the Sustainable Rice Platform in delivering a sustainable future for rice?

Moderator:
Antoinette Taus, UNEP Goodwill Ambassador for Philippines,
Founder, CORA (Communities Organized for Resource Allocation, “The Sustainable Planet” Social Enterprise, Philippines

Panelists:
Ignacio Antequera, Senior Manager/Team Leader, Technical Key Accounts, GLOBALG.A.P., Spain
Stefanos Fotiou, Director, Environment and Development Division, UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia-Pacific, Thailand
Paul Nicholson, Vice President; Head of Rice Research and Sustainability, Olam International, Singapore
Dr. Sudhir Yadav, Outcome Theme Leader – Developing Environmentally Sustainable Solutions for Rice Systems, International Rice Research Institute (IRRI), Philippines
Lynette Ryan, Head of Sustainability, SunRice, Australia

11:30
Industry Sustainability Keynote:
Phoenix Experiences in Sustainable Sourcing

  • How is effective sustainable procurement management defined?
  • Goals and benefits of sustainable sourcing
  • Developing and integrating social, ethical and environmental performance factors in the supplier selection process:
    • Setting and communicating clear expectations for suppliers
    • Educating and supporting suppliers in their sustainability standards
    • Ongoing monitoring of supplier sustainability performance
    • Managing stakeholder expectations and reporting practices

Sanjay Sethi, Director – Sustainability, Phoenix Group, Dubai

12:00
Networking Lunch

 Track 1: Inclusive Businesses
The Business Case for “SRP Rice”
Moderator:
Suriyan Vichitlekarn, Deputy Cluster Coordinator for Agriculture and Food, GIZ, Thailand

13:00
Introduction by Moderator

Suriyan Vichitlekarn, Deputy Cluster Coordinator for Agriculture and Food, GIZ, Thailand

13:10
IFC Southeast Asia Case Study:
 
Developing a Business Case for Sustainable Rice Procurement

  • Identifying key local players and building their capacity and that of their supply chains to produce rice sustainably following SRP guidelines
  • More sophisticated engagement with local players via IFC’s investment services arm
  • Facilitating partnerships between local mills and regional/international buyers to meet market demands for sustainable and niche market products

Colin Taylor, Senior Operations Officer, Program Leader, Manufacturing, Agribusiness and Services Department, International Finance Corporation, Thailand

13:35
Why Unpaid Care by Women matters to Rice Sustainability?

  • Introduction of the unpaid care and domestic work by women
  • Zooming in the rice supply chains in Cambodia, Vietnam and Pakistan
  • Business benefits for companies addressing unpaid care and domestic work
  • What business can do to address unpaid care and domestic work

Le Nguyet Minh, Global Agriculture Advisor, Oxfam, Vietnam

14:00
Agronomists are my Best Friends

  • Which strategies are most effective to address farm income?
  • What are current strategies to improve farm income and what other strategies needed to make farmers more resilient?
  • What can actors do to catalyse systemic change in a farmer’s operating environment?
  • Which stakeholders, with which capabilities, need to play a role in the design of sustainable solutions?

Louke Koopmans, Global Sustainable Sourcing Manager, MARS Food, Netherlands

14:25
Better Rice Initiative Asia (BRIA): Four Years of Producing Rice under SRP, the Thai experience

  • Using SRP metrics to guide training and practice improvements within Ubon Ratchathani province in Thailand

Narawadee Modenuch, Research Analyst, Thai Sustainability Lead, Olam Rice, Thailand

14:50
Farmer Engagement in Adoption of SRP and Sustainable Rice Supply Chain

  • Introduction of SRP project implementation by SMP/WCS in Cambodia
  • Farmer engagement to adopt SRP and participate in a sustainable rice supply chain
  • Benefits (social, economic and environment) of adopting SRP and participating in the new rice value chain
  • Compare the conventional and sustainable rice supply chain (Cambodia context)
  • Mobilisation of sustainable rice supply chain

Socheat Keo, Program Manager, SMP Cambodia, Wildlife Conservation Society, Cambodia

15:15
Empowering Smallholder SRP Farmers through an Assets and Capabilities Approach

  • Introductions to speakers
  • Overview of the collaboration and how they are using an Assets and Capabilities approach
  • Breakdown of assets and capabilities
  • Individual experience sharing on how the approaches are implemented

Joint Presentation:
Yann Srey Yat,
SRP Farmer, Agricultural Cooperative Committee Member, Battambang Union Agriculture Cooperatives, Cambodia
Ponhrith Kan,
Project Manager, VSO, Cambodia
Serena Travis,
Impact and Delivery Manager, VSO, Cambodia

15:45
Afternoon Networking & Refreshment Break

16:15
Rikolto, Phoenix and Farmers Working Together on a Long-Term, Sustainable and Transparent Business Case

  • Overview of MoU signed between Rikolto Vietnam and Phoenix Global DMCC to support farmers in the development of SRP standard rice and an inclusive rice supply chain model
  • Establishment of a qualitative long-term business and stable market with companies
  • Roles of Rikolto and Phoenix in the collaboration

Joint Presentation:
Tuan Le, Senior Programme Officer – Rice, Rikolto, Vietnam
Tran Thi Hoang Anh, Lead Coordinator – SustainabilityPhoenix DMCC, Vietnam

16:40
Experiential Learning of How SRP Contributes to Social Impact and Sustainable Rice Cultivation with Smallholder Farmers

  • Amru’s experience sharing on solidifying the SRP platform of engagement with smallholder farmers and cooperatives in Cambodia
  • Social Impact of the SRP partners to consumers and partner farming communities
  • The way forward: Building on the platform, promoting entrepreneurship and using technologies

Saran Song, CEO, Amru Rice (Cambodia) Co., Ltd, Cambodia

17:10
Panel Discussion:
The business case for “SRP Rice”

  • How are SRP outreach projects promoting inclusive businesses?
  • What are the social, economic and environmental impacts revealed from outreach initiatives?
  • What are the lessons learned from the different projects?

Speakers:
Diederik (Diehan) Pretorius, Compliance & Sustainability Director, Herba Bangkok S.L (Ebro Foods S.A.), Thailand
Louke Koopmans, Global Sustainable Sourcing Manager, MARS Food, Netherlands
Suriyan Vichitlekarn, Deputy Cluster Coordinator for Agriculture and Food, GIZ, Thailand

17:30
Presentation at the Plenary of Key Highlights for Tracks 1-3

17:50
Closing Remarks

18:00
End of Main Conference Day 1 & Networking Reception Commences

Track 2: Rice Now
Market Outlook and Policy Mechanisms for Sustainable Rice Production
Moderator: Dr. Kai Kim Chiang, Senior Climate and Disaster Resilience Advisor, Singapore

13:00
Introduction by Moderator

Dr. Kai Kim Chiang, Senior Climate and Disaster Resilience Advisor, Singapore

13:10
Catching Up with Asia – How Africa’s Smallholder-Based Rice Production becomes a part of the Global Food Security Equation

  • Competitiveness of locally-produced rice, particularly quality, as a key issue
  • Achieving balance between large-scale production for efficient and stable supply of rice vs. proactively integrating small-scale producers to achieve inclusive poverty reduction
  • Key missing links to incorporate smallholders into the industrialized rice value chain
  • Areas for future interventions as entry points for breakthrough

Hiroshi Hiraoka, Senior Advisor (Agriculture and Rural Development), Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), Japan

13:35
Reducing the Carbon Footprint of Rice: Sub-National Assessment and Planning

  • Water saving tech having strongest impact on GHG emissions in SRP standard
  • Overview of best-known practices for water saving tech
  • IRRI’s engagement in the Climate and Clean Air Coalition
  • Link from GIS analysis to participatory technology evaluation and to the next step of sub-national planning
  • A new and easy GHG calculation tool specifically developed for rice production

Dr. Bjoern Ole Sander, Senior Scientist, Country Representative, International Rice Research Institute (IRRI), Vietnam

14:00
Driving Behavior and Market Change through Multi-Stakeholder Action at Country Level

  • Overview of the establishment of the SRP National Chapter Thailand
  • Initial priorities of the SRP National Chapter Thailand
  • Aligning policy and SRP: Elevating the Thailand National GAP Standard to SRP to respond to global market trends

Pisan Pongsapitch, Inspector – General of the Office of the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Agriculture and Cooperatives, Thailand

14:25
Rice Sector Development in Cambodia

  • Overview of rice sector in Cambodia (production, exports and challenges)
  • Sustainable technologies for rice productivity improvements: SRI, IPM, SRP, Organic….
  • Innovative researches: impact of FFS/IPM and fertilizer management.

Dr. Ngin Chhay, Director General, General Directorate of Agriculture, Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, Cambodia

14:50
The Rise of SRP in Pakistan

  • SRP initiation Pakistan rice markets and where is now?
  • What has changed to give it an impetus?
  • Implications/impact for the rice industry in Pakistan
  • What role the government plays in scaling up?

Shahid Hussain Tarer, Managing Director, Galaxy Rice Mill Pte. Ltd., Pakistan

15:15
Pushing for the Adoption of the SRP Standard on Sustainable Rice Cultivation in the new Uganda National Rice Development Strategy

  • Overview of Uganda’s new rice National Rice Development Strategy (NRDS)
  • Adoption of SRP standard on Sustainable Rice Cultivation in the NRDS
  • Necessity of a clear pathway of change (PoC) to be followed to influence the adoption of the SRP standard
  • Evidence, experiences and lessons in sustainable rice cultivation from SRP pilots conducted with farmers

John Ereng, Agribusiness Advisor, Rikolto, Uganda

15:45
Afternoon Networking & Refreshment Break

16:15
Rice Sector Development in Malaysia

  • Overview of policies pertaining to sustainable rice production in Malaysia
  • Social and economic impacts
  • Issues and challenges

Rosnani Binti Harun, Senior Research Officer, Socio-Economic, Market Intelligence and Agribusiness Research Centre, Malaysian Agricultural Research and Development Institute (MARDI), Malaysia

16:40
Water Crisis due to Rice Cultivation in Haryana, India, and Proposed Policy Responses

  • Overview of ground water depletion problem with rice production
  • Current solutions posited by the government
  • Proposed policy solutions more aligned towards the demand-side
  • Case studies from PNP India’s policy work with the State Government of Haryana and Government of India

Manab Chakraborty, CEO, Partners in Prosperity, India

17:10
Combined Q&A Session

17:20
Conclusion by Moderator

Dr. Kai Kim Chiang, Senior Climate and Disaster Resilience Advisor, Singapore

17:30
Presentation at the Plenary of Key Highlights for Tracks 1-3

17:50
Closing Remarks

18:00
End of Main Conference Day 1 & Networking Reception Commences

 Track 3: Scanning the Landscape
Global environmental benefits of landscape-level sustainability
Moderator:
James Lomax, Food Systems and Agriculture Advisor, UN Environment, France

13:00
Introduction by Moderator

James Lomax, Food Systems and Agriculture Advisor, UN Environment, France

13:10
Inclusive Sustainable Rice Landscapes—Securing multiple environmental benefits and improved farmer
welfare

  • Why is rice important: Production parameters and increasing challenges to environment and socio-economic well-being
  • Why is landscape important: The value and challenges of integrated landscape, multi-sector approaches
  • Partnership and integrated landscape solutions utilizing the Global Environment Facility (GEF) for inclusive sustainable rice landscapes in Asia
  • Current and anticipated national, regional and global programming

Aaron Becker, Technical Officer, Natural Resources Management Support Group, Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), Thailand

13:35
Lessons Learned from Large-Scale WAPRO Project

Jens Soth, Senior Advisor, Commodity Projects, HELVETAS Swiss Corporation, Switzerland

14:00
AWS: Exploring Options to Drive Verified Water Stewardship Outcomes in Rice Landscapes

  • Introduction to AWS International Water Stewardship Standard
  • How AWS and SRP can collaborate to achieve shared goals in rice-growing landscapes

Adrian Sym, CEO, Alliance for Water Stewardship, United Kingdom

14:25
Sustainability of Geographical Indication (GI) Khao Hom Mali Thung Kula Rong-Hai

  • Defining the Geographical Indication (GI) rice standard
  • Control systems of Geographical Indication of Khao Hom Mali Thung Kula Rong-Hai
  • Social, economic and environmental impacts of certified GI Khao Hom Mali Thung Kula Rong-Hai

Orachos Napasintuwong, Assistant Professor, Kasetsart University, Thailand

14:50
Policy Directions for Improving Sustainability in Rice-Based Farming Systems: Experience from the FIRST Programme in the Asia-Pacific Region

  • Comparative perspectives from FAO’s experiences in Cambodia, Sri Lanka, Laos, Timor Leste, Myanmar and Fiji
  • Challenges and potential solutions from the FIRST programme/policy
  • Turning the drive for production into value creation from rice
  • Importance of sustainable rice landscapes for Cambodia

Iean Russell, Senior Policy Advisor (FIRST Programme), Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), Cambodia

15:15
Biodiversity Conservation through Sustainable Rice Landscapes: Maintaining Iconic Wildlife in Rice-Fields in Myanmar

  • Background on Biodiversity impacts of Sustainable Rice / SRP
  • Background on iconic Biodiversity in Rice Fields
  • Use of indicator / flagship species to attract attention to conservation issues and measure success of our work
  • Case study of Biodiversity in Myanmar’s Ayeyarwady Delta region
  • Conservation of Sarus Crane – the world’s tallest flying bird
  • Potential for SRP to support biodiversity within sustainable landscapes
  • Results of our scoping work on SRP approaches in the Delta region

Joint Presentation:
Dr. Alex Diment,
Senior Technical Advisor, Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS), Myanmar
U Naing Lin,
Ayeyarwady Landscape Coordinator, Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS), Myanmar

15:45
Afternoon Networking & Refreshment Break

16:15
Rice Landscape Restoration through Climate Finance

  • The impacts of landscape restoration on rice production
  • An introduction to agroforestry at landscape level
  • Explanation of Climate Finance and Blended Finance as a mechanism to fund sustainable landscape initiatives
  • Lessons learnt of PUR Projet in the past 10 years

Daniel Jongejan, Senior Manager Program Development, PUR Projet, Thailand

16:40
Emerging Good Practices in Financial Accounting for Carbon Emission Trading: Expert Opinion on Carbon Credits

  • Introduction (Problem and Relevance)
  • Summary of Carbon Emission Markets worldwide
  • Available accounting choices and discussion
  • Conclusion

Dr. Tharatee Mookdee, Senior Lecturer, Faculty of Management Science, Uttaradit Rajabhat University, Thailand

17:10
Combined Q&A Session

17:20
Conclusion by Moderator

James Lomax, Food Systems and Agriculture Advisor, UN Environment, France

17:30
Presentation at the Plenary of Key Highlights for Tracks 1-3

17:50
Closing Remarks

18:00
End of Main Conference Day 1 & Networking Reception Commences

 08:00
Main Conference Registration & Morning Coffee


Plenary Sessions for Conference Day 2


09:00
Introduction

Wyn Ellis, Coordinator, Sustainable Rice Platform, Thailand

09:05
Opening Ceremony

Speakers:
Mark Radka, Chief of Energy and Climate Branch, Economy Division, UN Environment, France
Suriyan Vichitlekarn, Deputy Cluster Coordinator for Agriculture and Food, GIZ, Thailand
H.E. Prapat Pothasuthon, Deputy Minister, Ministry of Agriculture and Cooperatives, Thailand

09:45
Partnership Agreement Signing Ceremony between SRP and Earth Security Group

Alejandro Litovsky, Chief Executive & Founder, Earth Security Group
Wyn Ellis, Coordinator, Sustainable Rice Platform, Thailand

10:00
Morning Networking & Refreshment Break

10:45
Plenary Panel Discussion 2:

Show me the money: Driving scale through alternative financing models and instruments

  • What approaches, mechanisms and financing models are available to drive upscaling of adoption of sustainable climate-smart best practices in rice production?
  • How can we replicate and or further scale these models?
  • How to manage risks, reporting and disclosure?

Moderator:
Matthew Reddy, Senior Private Sector Specialist, Global Environment Facility

Panelists:
Matthias Bickel, Program Director, Agriculture & Food, GIZ, Thailand
Alejandro Litovsky, Chief Executive & Founder, Earth Security Group
Beau Damen, Natural Resources Officer – Climate Change and Bioenergy, FAO Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific, Thailand
Jens Soth, Senior Advisor, Commodity Projects, HELVETAS Swiss Corporation, Switzerland
Hanh Le, Deputy Country Representative, Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI), Vietnam

12:00
Networking Lunch

 

 Track 4: Smart Solutions: ICTs and Technology Convergence
Driving Adoption of Best Practices using Climate-Smart Technologies
Moderator: Dr. Sudhir Yadav, Outcome Theme Leader – Developing Environmentally Sustainable Solutions for Rice Systems, International Rice Research Institute (IRRI), Philippines

13:00
Introduction by Moderator

Dr. Sudhir Yadav, Outcome Theme Leader – Developing Environmentally Sustainable Solutions for Rice Systems, International Rice Research Institute (IRRI), Philippines

13:10
How can New Technologies ease the Self-Assessment and Verification Process while Identifying the Needed Areas of Improvement?

  • Self-assessment vs. third-party verification: Process and claims
  • Criteria of disagreement/discussion: Lack of objectivity or different interpretation?
  • STICKY
  • Pilots outcomes
  • Data analysis by SRP: Link to knowledge databases

Miranda Rienstra, Manager Agri-Consultancy Asia, Peterson Control Union, Thailand

13:40
AtSource Reimagining Agriculture by Tracing a Product’s Impacts throughout its Journey to Shelf

  • Introduction to the issues: Complexity of sustainability and delivering impacts to the procurement team, communications, and customers
  • Introduction to the solution: Field-level verified data to provide insight and information to differentiate sustainable products to the consumer
  • Demonstration of functionality

Kunal Vadgama, Rice Program Manager, Olam AtSource, Olam International, United Kingdom

14:05
Paddy and Rice Preservation with Chemical-Free Technology of Grain Cooling during Storage

  • Grain cooling as an eco-friendly tech alternative to preserve paddy and rice forms
  • How does the tech enable increased production at rice mills?
  • Additional advantages of grain cooling tech

Dr. Claus Martin Braunbeck, Sales Manager, FrigorTec, Germany

14:35
Post-Harvest Rice Fortification – A Sustainable Intervention to Fight Micronutrient Deficiencies

  • Nutrition is at the heart and the key enabler to unlock all Sustainable Development Goals
  • Micronutrients deficiencies, also called hidden hunger, present some of the biggest barriers to unlocking human potential, and ultimately sustainable development
  • A solution to make rice more nutritious and to have proven public health impact on vulnerable population
  • Case study of rice fortification experience and successes

Sridhar NB, Marketing Development Manager, Fortified Rice Kernels, APAC, DSM, India

15:00
How Technology can Increase the Sustainability of the Global Rice Market

  • Certification and verification of sustainable rice production using blockchain
  • Standardization and integration on a a one common platform
  • Enabling finance to flow from consumers, donors and lenders toward sustainable rice production

Stephen Edkins, Founder and CEO, Rice Exchange, Switzerland

15:25
How Technologies like AI are Transforming Farms Today Globally

  • Overview of leading-edge tech like AI and data science, and use cases in farms
  • The impact of tech-driven agriculture on farmers’ output and profitability

Kunal Prasad, Co-Founder and Chief Operating Officer, CropIn Technology, India

15:50
Afternoon Networking & Refreshment Break

16:10
PaddyBase: Digitalizing the Rice Supply Chain

  • How is CARI supporting PaddyBase?
  • Overview of PaddyBase as a Solution
  • Challenges of processors
  • Enabling information sharing and transparency in the rice value chain

Dr. Kristina Spantig, Project Manager, GIZ, Nigeria

16:35
Rice Breeding and Mechanization for Value Addition in Laos PDR

  • Overview of rice production and mechanisation development in Laos
  • Laos’ strategy of rice production under climate change
  • Post-harvest technology to improve quality for value-adding
  • Experience sharing on database establishment of rice breeding program in Laos

Dr. Phetmanyseng Xangsayasane, Senior Rice Breeder, Deputy Director for Research, Rice Research Centre, National Agriculture & Forestry Research Institute, Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry, Laos

17:00
Philippine Rice Information System (PRISM)

  • Rice Crop Manager (RCM) in the Philippines
  • Philippine Rice Information System (PRISM)
  • FutuRice Program

Eduardo Jimmy P. Quilang, Deputy Executive Director for Research, Philippine Rice Research Institute, Department of Agriculture, Philippines

17:25
Panel Discussion:
Driving Adoption of Best Practices using Climate-Smart Technologies

  • What are the key digital trends that could boost uptake of climate-smart rice production and marketing?
  • How can climate-smart technologies help improve yields and reduce post-harvest loss to benefit rice producers?

Speakers:
Kunal Prasad, Co-Founder and Chief Operating Officer, CropIn Technology, India
Dr. Claus Martin Braunbeck, Sales Manager, FrigorTec, Germany
Dr. Sudhir Yadav, Outcome Theme Leader – Developing Environmentally Sustainable Solutions for Rice Systems, International Rice Research Institute (IRRI), Philippines

18:00
Presentation at the Plenary of Key Highlights for Track 4-6

18:20
Closing Remarks

18:30
End of Main Conference Day 2

 

 Track 5: Local Action for Global Solutions
Highlight Climate-Smart Best Practices
Moderator: Dr. Bjoern Ole Sander, Senior Scientist, Country Representative, International Rice Research Institute (IRRI), Vietnam

13:00
Introduction by Moderator

Dr. Bjoern Ole Sander, Senior Scientist, Country Representative, International Rice Research Institute (IRRI), Vietnam

13:10
Rice-SOLVE: How Rice Farming offers a Singular Opportunity to Improve the Economic and Environmental Security for Farmers and the Planet

  • Global importance of rice in terms of livelihoods, climate impacts and food security
  • Paying more attention to GHG than only methane emissions
  • Relationships and trade-offs between methane, nitrous oxide and soil C
  • Measuring water and fertilizer levels for monitoring and verifying sustainable rice production while minimizing transaction costs
  • Role of low-cost sensors and EDF’s methane satellite
  • Potential funding streams for making climate-smart rice a reality

Dr. Kritee Kritee, Senior Scientist, Global Climate, Environmental Defense Fund, United States

13:30
Need of the Hour: Tandem GHG MRV with Implementation of Climate-Smart Mitigation Projects in Agriculture

  • Independent and scientifically credible GHG MRV
  • Molecular to landscape approach
  • Multidisciplinary consortium at a regional level with embedded local operatives
  • Citizen science approach – farmer-student-researcher nexus for cost-effective monitoring
  • Establishment of protocols and regional analytical facilities

Dr. Suman George, Research Fellow, Faculty of Science, UWA School of Agriculture and Environment, The University of Western Australia, Australia

13:50
Rolling Out Climate-Smart Technologies to Smallholders to meet the SRP Standard in Thailand

  • Process of rolling out climate-smart technologies to smallholders
  • Climate-smart technologies promoted

Ladda Viriyangkura, Expert on Rice Inspection and Certification, Thai Rice Department, Ministry of Agriculture and Cooperatives Thailand , Thailand

14:10
Climate Smart Rice Project in Myanmar

  • Push-Pull-Policy approach
  • Inclusiveness of SME
  • Rice Miller extension model
  • SRP certification
  • Internal Control System

Rakesh Munankami, Project Manager, Climate Smart Rice Project, HELVETAS, Myanmar

14:30
Enabling Farmers towards Sustainable Rice Production

  • Equipping farmers around the globe with solutions to drive climate resilience and improve their livelihoods
  • Safeguarding the environment through sustainable innovation
  • Championing for environmentally-sound practices to tackle probles faced by growers

Somsak Samanwong, Regional Technical Educator – APAC, Corteva Agriscience, Thailand

14:50
Driving a Sustainable Rice System

  • Trends and global context
  • Strategy 1: Upstream raw material development program
  • Strategy 2: Sustainable rice strategy
  • Strategy 3: Third party verification by TUVNORD
  • Ongoing sustainable agricultural standards

Surachai Chaichanasittikarn, Vice President, CP Intertrade Co. Ltd., Thailand

15:10
Strengthening the Rice Sustainability Agenda from a Smallholder Farmer’s Perspective

  • Overview of the impact of climate change on smallholders
  • The role of technology and farm management methods in helping farmers to tackle climate change in the long-run
  • How can the community help in driving sustainability in rice production and consumption?
  • Case Study: Changing the way rice is planted and improving farmers’ livelihoods with hybrid seed technology

David CY Chen, Co-Founder and Chief Operating Officer, Golden Sunland, Singapore

15:30
Empowering Smallholder Women Farmers to Better Access, Adapt and Use Gender-Appropriate Rice Production Equipment and Practices

  • Gender roles in rice production
  • Physical stress on women related to rice production and how this differs from men
  • Overview of small-scale rice production equipment
  • Adapting equipment and rice production practices for women
  • Improving access to gender-appropriate small-scale, low-cost equipment and practices

Dr. Lucy Fisher, Director of Communications, SRI International Network and Resources Centre, Cornell University, United States

15:50
Afternoon Networking & Refreshment Break

16:10
Boosting Yields, Raising Incomes and Offering Climate-Smart Options: The System of Rice Intensification

  • System of Rice Intensification and how it paves the way for smallholder farmers to become successful “agripreneurs”
  • Rain-fed rice farming
  • Lower Mekong River Basin
  • Farmers’ participatory action research

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

16:30
Climate-Ready, Nutrient-Dense Rice Genetic and Breeding

  • Biotechnology to improve rice and save up to 50% of water use
  • Broad-spectrum resistance to disease and insects
  • Rice leaves and seeds containing nutrient-rich, aromatic, tasty, low Glycemic Index, and high antioxidants

Dr. Apichart Vanavichit, Professor and Director, Rice Science Centre, Kasetsart University, Thailand

16:50
Utilize Wood Vinegar to Increase Soil Fertility and Reduce Pests and Diseases in Rice Farming

  • Role of wood vinegar in agriculture in Indonesia
  • Farmers’ involvement in the practice of making wood vinegar
  • Results of practical experiments in the field by farmers
  • Benefits of using wood vinegar in rice cultivation

Nana Suhartana, Rice Sector Manager, Rikolto, Indonesia

17:10
Rice Straw to Wealth

  • Impacts of burning rice straws
  • Addressing challenges of rice straws:
    • Usage in boiler and lime kiln to replace coal and furnace oil
    • Processing rice straw into an intermediary product: Usage as vehicular fuel
  • Results from pilot plants
  • Convergence of the tech with SRP to bring economic gains with sustainability

Joint Presentation:
Prakash Lagamavar,
Founder, Principal Consultant, Shri Ravaneshvar Ventures Pvt Ltd, India
Bjorn Forsberg
, Owner, WTS AB Power Burners, Sweden

17:30
Conclusion by Moderator

Dr. Bjoern Ole Sander, Senior Scientist, Country Representative, International Rice Research Institute (IRRI), Vietnam

18:00
Presentation at the Plenary of Key Highlights for Track 4-6

18:20
Closing Remarks

18:30
End of Main Conference Day 2

 

 Track 6: Sustainable Food Culture
A Growing Movement for Sustainable Food Systems
Moderator: Dr. Matty Demont
, Future Rice Value Chains and Policies Outcome Theme Leader, International Rice Research Institute (IRRI), Philippines

13:00
Introduction by Moderator

Dr. Matty Demont, Future Rice Value Chains and Policies Outcome Theme Leader, International Rice Research Institute (IRRI), Philippines

13:10
Inclusiveness of Sustainable Rice Value Chain Upgrading: Evidence from Vietnam

  • Assessing inclusiveness at consumption and farm level
  • Is consumer access to certified rice inclusive?
  • Contract farming as a vertical coordination mechanism to encourage and govern adoption of sustainable production standards

Dr. Matty Demont, Future Rice Value Chains and Policies Outcome Theme Leader, International Rice Research Institute (IRRI), Philippines

13:40
Rice as a Culture Deeply “Engrained” into Society and the Urgent Need for Sustainable Solutions

  • The global “rice culture”
  • The urgent need to create awareness and solutions to push the transition towards rice
  • The challenge of sustainable rice vs. the plant-based movement
  • The youth movement and the private sector as key movers towards sustainable rice consumption and production

Antoinette Taus, UNEP Goodwill Ambassador for the Philippines, Founder, CORA (Communities Organized for Resource Allocation, “The Sustainable Planet” Social Enterprise, Philippines

14:10
Net Positive Impact and Feeding the Greta Thunberg Generation – How to Harness the Power of the Most Conscious Consumers to Combat Species Loss on the Front Line

  • Overview of the ibis rice intervention
  • Current ibis rice consumers and new trends
  • Preparing for the Greta Thunburg generation of consumers – onboarding change
  • Matching consumer profile to intensity and scale of sustainability intervention
  • Call to action

Nicholas Spencer, CEO, IBIS Rice Conservation Co., Ltd., Cambodia

14:40
Food Smart Cities for Sustainable and Inclusive Food Systems

  • Aims of the Food Smart Cities programme
  • Building on five pieces of evidence: Food sharing, urban agriculture, healthy school canteen, linking food producers, and creating a circular economy in food waste management
  • Case Study: Evidence-based policy-making creating more sustainable food systems in 3 cities Rikolto currently works on
  • Potential for further upscaling

Catur Utami Dewi, Programme Director of VECO Indonesia, Rikolto, Indonesia

15:10
Consumer Preferences for Sustainable Rice Practices in Nigeria

  • Introduction
    • Why rice?
    • Sustainability
    • Country context
  • Importance of sustainable rice practices to Nigerian consumers
  • Materials and methods
  • Results and discussion
  • Conclusion

Dr. Alvaro Durand-Morat, Assistant Professor, Agricultural Economics and Agri business, University of Arkansas, United States

15:50
Afternoon Networking & Refreshment Break

16:10
Youth Engagement in the Global South: Some Insights and Ideas from West Africa

  • Global youth in the South: Selected data and facts
  • How global sustainability will be very much determined by consumers in Africa, China and India
  • Engagement of youth as actors in the rice value chain: Examples from West Africa and Tanzania
  • Engagement of youth in the South as consumers

Prisca Abah, UN Youth Ghana SDGS 12 Ambassador, UN Youth Ghana, Ghana

16:40
Delivering People-Planet-Performance Wins -The Nestle Paddy Club Experience

  • Background and rationale of Nestle Supplier Code and Responsible Sourcing Guidelines (NSC/RSG), and Creating Shared Value (CSV) platforms
  • Case study of Nestle Paddy Club to illustrate People-Planet-Performance triple wins and its deliverables for Sustainable Rice

Lee Keng Yong, Head of Agricultural Services, Nestle Paddy Rice Club, Malaysia

17:10
Driving Change by Reconnecting to the Roots of our Food System

  • How current consumer demands for quality and desire for transparency is changing the food industry
  • How businesses can turn CSR into action and create impact
  • How to engage with consumers to create real demand with real action

Celia Lam, Director, Eat with Six Senses, Thailand

17:50
Conclusion by Moderator

Dr. Matty Demont, Future Rice Value Chains and Policies Outcome Theme Leader, International Rice Research Institute (IRRI), Philippines

18:00
Presentation at the Plenary of Key Highlights for Track 4-6

18:20
Closing Remarks

18:30
End of Main Conference Day 2

 

Suphanburi Province

07:15 – 07:30
Assembly at United Nations Conference Centre Bangkok

07:30 – 10:00
Depart for Suphanburi Province

10:00 – 12:00
Visit Lifestyle and Spirit of Thai Farmers-Nahere Chai Learning Center

  • Special welcome and by Mr. Nipat Charoenthammaraksa
  • Quality Seed Production and distribution to rice farmers

12:00 – 13:30
Lunch at local restaurant

14:00 – 16:00
Visit Thailand Rice Science Institute in Suphanburi Province

  • Overview on quality seed production, seed modification and precision farming
  • Visit demo plot for seed production

16:00 – 18:30
Travel back to Bangkok

Kindly confirm your participation by Monday 30 September 2019. It is first come first serve basis.

Background information

Lifestyle and Spirit of Thai Farmers-Nahere Chai Learning Center

Learning Centre of Farmer’s Way of Life and Wisdoms in Muang district of Suphan Buri Province lies in the 86-rai rice field belonging to Mr. Nipat Charoenthammaraksa, whose business is selling rice seeds to 300 farmer families. He also calls the centre “Na Here Chai”, referring to the rice paddies of Mr Chai, which is the nickname of his father Pichai. In 1997, he started planting rice on his family’s land with two staff members and imported rice planting, harvesting and polishing machines from Taiwan. During the initial years of operations, they could harvest 4 tonnes of rice. At present, the total production has jumped to 18 tonnes. He has 104 staff, including farmers who are willing to give visitors guidelines on how to plant rice. After succeeding in the rice business, he initiated a tourism project to encourage city people to learn more about being farmers and how to grow rice.

Additionally, the center not only sells quality seeds to farmers, but it also promotes the importance of appropriate rice farming techniques within the community and across the province. In 2015, he joined the Qualified Seed Production programme in cooperation with Rice Department and National Bureau of Agricultural Commodity and Food Standards.

Furthermore, Nahere Chai simulates the way of life of the peasants in the past by building traditional Thai lifted houses. The inside shows the residence and all equipment of the farmers. They are divided into 3 houses that reflect the way of life of the farmers in the old days to make us realize the value of rice cultivation in a deeper perspective.

Thailand Rice Science Institute (TRSI)

TRSI is the leading rice related scientific research institution under Thailand Rice Department which mainly focuses on increasing productivity and improving rice quality. The institute is the center for rice knowledge in Thailand and accredited for providing rice farming training at international level. Further, the TRSI also develops farmer’s capacity and strengthens farmer’s organization. It lays strong foundation for rice farming in Thailand and promotes the use of machinery in rice farming. In addition, the institute also focuses on research to improve the seed quality and distribute to the Rice Seed Center nationwide.

What we do in Central Plain of Thailand (On-going projects)

Thai Rice NAMA

Ministry of Agriculture and Cooperatives, Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment, and the Bank for Agriculture and Agricultural Cooperatives have developed Thai Rice NAMA project proposal to receive funding of € 14.9 million from the NAMA Facility. The project duration is five years from July 2018 to July 2023. The project goal is to enable a shift towards sustainable rice farming in Thailand that can reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The project focuses on promoting sustainable rice production together with reducing greenhouse gas emissions. This will help reduce production costs, increase yield, improve rice quality to meet international standards, enhance market linkages. As a result, rice farmers will have better livelihood. Thai Rice NAMA will work with 100,000 farmer households in the six Central Plains provinces which are Chai Nat, Ang Thong, Pathum Thani, Sing Buri, Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya, Suphan Buri and nearby watersheds. The project will cover the target area of ​​about 2.8 million rai in wet season and another 2.8 million rai in dry season, which will have the total highest yield of about 4 million tonnes per year. The project is expected to benefit 454,200 farmers and agricultural service providers, and to reduce GHG emissions by up to 1.73 million metric tons of carbon dioxide equivalent.

Regenerative Rice Farming in Thailand

The project aims to improve the livelihood of farmers in central plain, strengthen farmer community, enhance market accessibility and linkage, promote health and safety, and protect the environment through soil and nutrient management and water management.

CropLife IPM implementation in Rice sector, Thailand

GIZ and CropLife International support the strategy of MoAC regarding to the Integrated Pest Management (IPM). The Thai Rice IPM project is to increase adoption of IPM in Rice through demonstration and training of smallholder farmers and training of pesticide retailers. This includes all aspects of IPM covering soil fertility management, as well as, managing pests. The direct beneficiaries’ targets are 3,500 farmers, 40 technical staffs from DoAE, and at least 400 pesticide retailers in the Central Plain of Thailand. The indirect beneficiaries are 14,000 farmers in the Central Plain.

Field trip organizers

Chainat Province

07:15 – 07:30
Assembly at Pullman King Power Bangkok Lobby

07:30 – 10:00
Depart for Chainat Province

10:30 – 12:00
Get to know the Community Seed Production:

  • Visit the key area of Seed production in Thailand (Rice Seed Road) and discuss with seed production group and visit the process facility and rice field.
  • Visit a local seed shop Aree Rom Pun Seed shop and discuss with the owner about seed business.

12:00 – 13:30
Lunch at local restaurant

14:00 – 15:30
Visit SRP Farmers

15:30 – 18:00
Travel back to Bangkok

Kindly confirm your participation by Monday 30 September 2019. It is first come first serve basis.

Background information

Community Seed Production

The Nang Lue – Tha Chai Community Seed Production is very significant to rice sector in Thailand. The community has been producing quality rice seed for Chainat Rice Seed Center for 30 years. Further, the community has been awarded as one of the Creative Economy Model by Ministry of Commerce. With the support from government and strength of the community combined, their rice seed production and marketing system have been enhanced, and able to produce quality seed to demanded market. There are 75 members within the seed production cooperative which could produce quality seed up to 2,500 – 3,000 tonnes per year with the revolving fund of 13 million baht (400k USD).

What we do in Central Plain of Thailand (On-going projects)

Thai Rice NAMA

Ministry of Agriculture and Cooperatives, Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment, and the Bank for Agriculture and Agricultural Cooperatives have developed Thai Rice NAMA project proposal to receive funding of € 14.9 million from the NAMA Facility. The project duration is five years from July 2018 to July 2023. The project goal is to enable a shift towards sustainable rice farming in Thailand that can reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The project focuses on promoting sustainable rice production together with reducing greenhouse gas emissions. This will help reduce production costs, increase yield, improve rice quality to meet international standards, enhance market linkages. As a result, rice farmers will have better livelihood. Thai Rice NAMA will work with 100,000 farmer households in the six Central Plains provinces which are Chai Nat, Ang Thong, Pathum Thani, Sing Buri, Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya, Suphan Buri and nearby watersheds. The project will cover the target area of ​​about 2.8 million rai in wet season and another 2.8 million rai in dry season, which will have the total highest yield of about 4 million tonnes per year. The project is expected to benefit 454,200 farmers and agricultural service providers, and to reduce GHG emissions by up to 1.73 million metric tons of carbon dioxide equivalent.

Regenerative Rice Farming in Thailand

The project aims to improve the livelihood of farmers in central plain, strengthen farmer community, enhance market accessibility and linkage, promote health and safety, and protect the environment through soil and nutrient management and water management.

CropLife IPM implementation in Rice sector, Thailand

GIZ and CropLife International support the strategy of MoAC regarding to the Integrated Pest Management (IPM). The Thai Rice IPM project is to increase adoption of IPM in Rice through demonstration and training of smallholder farmers and training of pesticide retailers. This includes all aspects of IPM covering soil fertility management, as well as, managing pests. The direct beneficiaries’ targets are 3,500 farmers, 40 technical staffs from DoAE, and at least 400 pesticide retailers in the Central Plain of Thailand. The indirect beneficiaries are 14,000 farmers in the Central Plain.

Field trip organizers

Plenary Panel Discussion 1: A New Rice Revolution - Combating poverty and climate change through rice

Rice is a key global staple, feeding over half of the world’s population. As one of our most important crops, rice has significant social, cultural, and environmental importance. However, its cultivation presents a range of sustainability challenges, and production faces a growing threat from climate change impacts.  With a range of proven solutions and technologies within reach, what can rice stakeholders do today to safeguard rice farmers from the impacts of climate change and enhance food security for future generations?

Plenary Panel Discussion 1: A New Rice Revolution aims to identify entry points for a community of global rice stakeholders including governments, supply chain actors, the development community, and consumers invested in a sustainable future.

The discussion will be moderated by Antoinette Taus, UNEP Goodwill Ambassador for Philippines, Founder, CORA (Communities Organized for Resource Allocation, “The Sustainable Planet” Social Enterprise. Antoinette is an award winning actress, singer and host that is inspiring people across the world to take action for positive change through her passion for her work as a humanitarian, climate warrior and social entrepreneur. Most of her life has been in the spotlight of the Philippine entertainment industry, and even in her early years, she was widely recognized as one of the most influential role models of the youth of her generation. In recent years, she has dedicated her life to advocating for the Sustainable Development Goals and is focused on empowering today’s youth to take the lead in the Global Goals movement through her work with the non-profit organization she founded – CORA.

Plenary Panel Discussion 2: Show Me the Money - Driving scale through alternative financing models and instruments

Rice is a powerful tool in our arsenal to mitigate climate change. Public, private, civil society actors and development partners are coming together in a race against time to scale-up collective action to safeguard future production, while protecting people and planet. In an important development, the financial sector is now stepping forward to help reach this goal.

Plenary Panel Discussion 2: Show Me the Money brings together a high level panel of experts to offer in-depth insights into financing pathways and innovative outreach mechanisms that can drive sector-wide action for climate-smart, sustainable rice production and consumption.

The discussion will be moderated by Mr Matthew Reddy, Senior Private Sector Specialist, Global Environment Facility. Matthew has an extensive career in sustainable development, commodities, and environment markets, beginning in the Australian agriculture sector with Landcare—and founding the carbon forestry company Carbon SMART—before moving into a position as CEO of the International River Foundation; working to protect and restore the world’s rivers and waterways. Before joining the Global Environment Facility, he was Director, Climate-Smart Agriculture and the Soft Commodities Forum at the World Business Council for Sustainable Development.

Conference Track 1: Inclusive Businesses - The business case for “SRP Rice”

The SRP Standard for Sustainable Rice Cultivation is the world’s first—and only—voluntary sustainability standard for rice, and is specifically dedicated to supporting rice smallholders.  Since its launch in 2015, the SRP Standard has been implemented across diverse farming contexts in 20 countries. To date, SRP outreach projects have reported positive economic and environmental benefits of adoption of sustainable best practices embodied in the SRP Standard. SRP and its members are working to realize a new norm of sustainable rice production and consumption, driven by inclusive business models that align the interests of all actors in the value chain, form farm to fork.

Track 1: Inclusive Businesses will highlight lessons from SRP outreach projects in fostering partnerships and economic inclusivity, as well as realising approaches to addressing challenges at the farm level to empower resource-poor rice smallholders.

The session will be moderated by Suriyan Vichitlekarn, Deputy Cluster Coordinator for Agriculture and Food at GIZ Thailand. Suriyan has extensive experience in facilitating regional and multi-stakeholder cooperation on ASEAN agriculture policy and sustainability initiatives. He currently manages a large collaborative project with the Thai Government and private sector partners to reduce GHG emissions in Thailand’s rice sector under the Thai Rice NAMA Project (Nationally Appropriate Mitigation Action).

Conference Track 2: Rice Now - Market outlook and policy mechanisms for sustainable rice

Emerging market and policy trends are driving a growing interest in sustainable rice production. By understanding and aligning with these new shifts, stakeholders will be better equipped to design effective strategies to facilitate collective action.

Track 2: Rice Now will review the latest market and policy trends in rice production across the world that can leverage and incentivize wide-scale adoption of sustainable best practices through collaborative action among private sector actors, research, governments and the development community.

The session will be moderated by Dr. Kai Kim Chiang, Senior Climate and Disaster Resilience Advisor. Kai Kim has a background in Environmental Sciences and over 17 years of experience in encouraging sustainability and working with national and sub-national governments in South and South East Asia to ensure that their development plans and financing is climate and disaster resilient. She has worked in various capacities as a regional programme director, project manager, researcher and consultant, with a focus on bridging science and policy.

Conference Track 3: Scanning the Landscape - Global environmental benefits of landscape-level sustainability

Sustainable methods of rice production can bring multiple environmental benefits including healthy watersheds and biodiversity protection, on-farm and landscape resilience, reduced agrochemical pollution, lower greenhouse gas emissions, and ultimately, improved farmer health and livelihoods.

 Track 3: Scanning the Landscape will address issues, benefits and potential trade-offs at landscape level through a mix of speaker presentations together with an interactive session.

The session will be moderated by James Lomax, Food Systems and Agriculture Adviser, Land Use Finance Unit, Ecosystems Division, UN Environment, Nairobi. James was formerly Sustainable Food Systems and Agriculture Programme Officer at UN Environment’s Economy Division based in Paris from 2009 – 2019, and was instrumental in the establishment of the Sustainable Rice Platform.

Conference Track 4: Smart Solutions and Technology Convergence - Widescale adoption of best practices using climate-smart technologies

Technology convergence offers new and cost-effective tools and business models to drive wide-scale adoption of best practice, to support farmers and monitor impacts. New digital tools can help drive scale in adoption of sustainable climate-smart best practice among resource-poor smallholders across a highly fragmented global rice sector.

Track 4: Smart Solutions and Technology Convergence will discuss the latest innovations and opportunities for mobilising rice farmers and rice value chain actors to leverage digital technologies to support sustainable rice production.

The session will be moderated by Dr. Sudhir Yadav, Outcome Theme Leader – Developing Environmentally Sustainable Solutions for Rice Systems, International Rice Research Institute (IRRI). Sudhir is leading various aspects of sustainable management of agriculture and natural resources toward increasing food security and environmental quality in developing countries. His major areas of expertise encompass integrated water management and agronomy in irrigated and rainfed environments. He is engaged in the full spectrum of basic, strategic, and applied research to unravel insights and develop water-smart technologies, water governance framework and engage in policy dialogues to help in addressing challenges of food-energy-water nexus

Conference Track 5: Local Action for Global Solutions - Climate-smart rice production practices

Rice has long been synonymous with poverty. The predominance of small-scale farmers in rice production underscores the need to empower and incentivize adoption of effective and innovative techniques in rice production. The availability of socially, environmentally and economically sound solutions for smallholders will lay the foundation for improved livelihoods and quality of life for millions of resource-poor famers and households, while also contributing towards global solutions enshrined in the UN Development Agenda 2030 and the Sustainable Development Goals.

Track 5: Local Action for Global Solutions will demonstrate how scale-up of local farm-level actions through climate-smart farming can mitigate the contribution of rice to climate change as well as increase resilience to its impacts.

The session will be moderated by Dr Bjoern Ole Sander, Senior Scientist and Country Representative of Vietnam, International Rice Research Institute. Ole is a climate change specialist with IRRI’s climate change research group, focusing on greenhouse gas mitigation technologies. In his role as IRRI’s Country Representative in Vietnam, Ole works with multiple stakeholders in Vietnam, Bangladesh and the Philippines to foster implementation of climate-smart farming practices.

Conference Track 6: Sustainable Food Culture - A growing movement for sustainable food systems

Rice is so much more than a source of food. For many, rice is at the core of our social and cultural traditions. Changing trends in diets and lifestyles, together with increasing consumer consciousness of the social and environmental cost of food production are reflected in greater scrutiny over the sustainability of supply chains and demand for sustainably sourced products, including rice.

Track 6: Sustainable Food Culture will discuss how our food choices today are changing, and how consumer attitudes, behaviour and lifestyles can help foster a more sustainable food system for future generations.

The session will be moderated by Dr Matty Demont, Future Rice Value Chains and Policies Outcome Theme Leader, International Rice Research Institute. Matty is a behavioural economist serving as Senior Scientist at IRRI’s Market and Chain Research. Prior to his position, Matty pioneered behavioural value chain research in Africa at the Africa Rice Center. In 2012, his value chain work was awarded the T.W. Schultz Award by the International Association of Agricultural Economists and the Louis Malassis International Scientific Prize by Agropolis Fondation, France.