Breeding better varieties

IRRI is developing new rice varieties for India that are tolerant of drought, flooding, salinity, and other stresses.

Exploring rice genes

IRRI is identifying rice genes that are responsible for agronomically useful traits, such as reproductive-stage drought tolerance to help breed improved rice varieties.

Improving grain quality

Under the International Network for Quality Rice, IRRI is helping Indian partners and industry players improve texture, amylose content, and other rice grain qualities.

Fine-tuning rice farming systems

IRRI aims to raise the productivity, profitability, and resilience of Indian rice farming systems while ensuring their environmental sustainability. IRRI works with Indian farmers on various crop management options such as resource-conserving technologies, direct seeding, mechanization, and postharvest to streamline production processes for both rainfed and irrigated systems.

Using socioeconomic data to reduce poverty

To better understand poverty dynamics, IRRI is collecting household, individual, and field data over the next 4 years in 42 Indian villages to help ensure the success of future poverty-reducing interventions.

Coping with climate change

Through the CGIAR Climate Change, Agriculture, and Food Security Research Program, diverse rice lines are being tested in three locations in India to establish a systematic high-temperature breeding program. Breeding lines tolerant of heat stress are being developed and tested. Genes associated with tolerance are being identified for use in breeding. This will build on knowledge obtained from household surveys undertaken with the Nand Educational Foundation for Rural Development (NEFORD) to study the consequences of extreme climate variability on men and women farmers in eastern Uttar Pradesh, India.