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Efficient Management for Sustainable Intensification of Rice-Based Farming Systems








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    Bridging the rice yield gap in the Asia-Pacific region
    This publication brings together edited manuscripts of papers presented at the Expert Consultation on “Bridging the Rice Yield Gap in Asia and the Pacific”, held in Bangkok, Thailand, 5-7 October, 1999.
    2000
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    This publication is a compilation of papers presented at the expert consultation organized at the FAO Regional Office in Bangkok, Thailand in October 1999. Experts in rice production from Australia, Bangladesh, China, India, Indonesia, the Philippines, Sri Lanka, Thailand and Viet Nam, as well as the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) and FAO, took part in the deliberations. Rice is the main food crop of Asia which produces and consumes more than 90 percent of the annual global rice ha rvest of over half a billion tonnes. The number of rice eaters in Asia-Pacific countries, which are home to more than half the world's population, is growing by 51 million every year. It is estimated that annual rice production in the region will have to increase by over 200 million to more than 700 million tonnes by the year 2025 to feed the growing population. This will have to be done using less land, less people, less water and fewer pesticides than before. The studies review the status of r egional rice production, focusing on the gaps between potential and actual yields in the nine countries. The meeting noted that this was sizeable and ranged from 10 to 60 percent. While taking account of the factors responsible for this, the experts agreed that only a part of the yield gap could be bridged using currently available know-how.
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    Rural Asia-Pacific: inter-disciplinary strategies to combat hunger and poverty. Rice-based livelihood-support systems. 2002
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    The document describes new inter-disciplinary strategies for agricultural and rural development in Asia and the Pacific, which have been developed by the FAO regional office. It identifies sustainable strategies to make Asia’s rice-centred farmlands yield more food, incomes and livelihoods for the region’s over 3 billion people towards realising the vision of eradicating hunger and rural poverty in the Asia-Pacific rice lands over the next three decades. The publication examines the potential of the wide range of rice-based farming systems in the region to meet the food and livelihood security demands that will be made on them in the coming decades. It outlines a menu of inter-disciplinary strategies and interventions to enable the rice-based systems to live up to the challenge and the role that FAO can play in this.
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    Final evaluation of the project “Partnership for sustainable rice systems development in sub-Saharan Africa”
    Project code: GCP/RAF/489/VEN
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    Rice consumption in Africa has increased dramatically over recent decades, growing faster than consumption of any other major staple on the continent. However, apart from Egypt, no African country is currently self-sufficient in terms of rice consumption. FAO implemented the project from May 2014 to December 2019, with the ten ministries of agriculture from the beneficiary countries. The project goal was to develop sustainable and productive rice systems in Africa to increase food security and enhance sustainable development of the rice food chain among smallholder farmers. South-South Cooperation was demonstrated to be an excellent mechanism for pooling resources and efforts in innovation and development processes. Sharing knowledge with decision makers and political consultation at the highest level was useful to reaffirm and update policies strategies and intervention priorities, and to mobilize partners from a large number of countries. Several producers, producer groups and communities successfully moved from subsistence farming to commercial farming by increasing production, reducing post-harvest losses and improving quality of rice through the use of appropriate post-harvest management technologies and equipment.

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