The Regional Rice Initiative (RRI) pilot project in Asia was developed to contribute to rice production in the region The project pays attention to the full scope of the goods and services produced by, and in, rice agroecosystems. In selected pilot countries (Laos, Indonesia, Philippines), the RRI contributes to raising awareness, among pilot farmer communities and policy makers, of the contribution of ecosystem services to production and sustainability of rice systems. The project will also develop elements to build assessment capacity and to assist policy makers to assess different feasible production practices, trade-offs and synergies and select the best options within a long term strategy. Finally, decision makers in the pilot countries will be empowered to take informed decisions about rice market policy that account for the potential impacts of climate change and the social and cultural value of regional rice systems. The Regional Initiative will also contribute to the preparation of the Rice Strategy for Asia.
The project will provide outputs in four components:
- Component 1 – Water and rice/fish systems
- Component 2 – Biodiversity, landscape, and ecosystem services
- Component 3 – Management practices
- Component 4 – Social, economic and policy - cross-cutting issues
Each component will provide a number of outputs divided into three main implementation modalities:
- Information management and knowledge sharing;
- Pilot testing in Indonesia, Laos, Philippines; and
- Feeding into regional and global policy and strategy formulation processes.
- The Provincial Agricultural Market (PAM) model is embedded within a new partial equilibrium econometric model - Rice Regional Model under Climate Change (RRMCC) - for assessing impacts of climate change on rice market.
- National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) will run policy simulation for the Philippines to alleviate climate risks of rice production systems and rice markets.