The "CORRA-GRiSP Workshop on Asian National Rice Strategies”
held on May 6-7, 2014 at Pullman Putrajaya Lakeside hotel in Putrajaya, Malaysia.
The workshop initiated a systematic inventory of national rice development strategies from across Asia.This event organized jointly by CORRA and the Global Rice Science Partnership (GRiSP) and hosted by the Malaysian Agricultural Research and Developmen Institute (MARDI).
20 Participants from CORRA member countries including Malaysia, Indonesia, Myanmar, Philippines, Thailand, Vietnam, Colombia, Iran attended this workshop.
In the workshop, the main area of presentation by participants were:
· Introduction: Current status rice sector
· Main challenges and opportunities
· Development plans and goals of rice sector
· Implications or strategies for national rice R&D
· Possible Common development objectives
They produced the following as outputs, which we would then present at the annual CORRA meeting during the 4th International Rice Congress to be held on 27-31 October 2014 in Bangkok.
1. Inventory of current country-level rice R&D strategies/programs;
2. Definition of a common template to systematically capture these strategies;
3. Identification of commonalities among the strategies that can feed into GRiSP;and
4. A proposed plan on how goals and quantitative targets can be set;
Dr. K. A. Shahdi, Head/ Coordinator RRRTC-CWA, participated in this workshop as an observer to lead in organizing a similar workshop planned for the Central and West Asia (CWA) region in late May or early June 2014 and also to further strengthen the regional collaboration by eventually becoming a regional advisory group for GRiSP at CWA similar to the Council for Rice Research Partnership in Asia (CORRA) in the future.