Twentieth Session

Bangkok, Thailand, 23-26 July 2002


Table of contents

The Twentieth Session's Focuses

Theme and Provisional Agenda


Venue and dates



Other information

Contact addresses

The FAO Conference of the United Nations, at its Fourth Session in 1948, established the International Rice Commission (IRC), with the objective of promoting national and international action in matters relating to the production, conservation, distribution and consumption of rice. The Commission's Constitution went in force in 1949. Its Member Countries have grown from 15 in 1949 to 60 at present.

Every four years, the IRC organizes a Session to review the emerging issues and recent achievements in scientific, technical and socio-economic matters relating to sustainable rice production and rice-based farming systems. Furthermore, it assists Member Countries in orienting strategies for their national rice development programmes while encouraging an extensive interaction among national, regional and international institutions. The last 19th Session of the IRC was convened in Cairo, Egypt in 1998.

The Twentieth Session's Focuses

More than half of the world's population depends on rice to meet their daily energy requirements. About 90 percent of the world's rice is produced by small-scale farmers in low-income developing countries and consumed locally. Rice has become an important element of national food security in an increasing number of developing countries. Often rice accompanies every meal, and it is an integral part of religious ceremonies, festivals and holidays. In high-income countries in the Near East, Europe and North America, its consumption is popular because it is a healthy and tasty food.

The challenge of maintaining the productivity of rice production systems while protecting the environment and health of the people is far too great for any single country, organization, or institution to handle individually. The promotion of partnerships among stakeholders, and the coordination of national, regional and global efforts to secure sustainable rice production for food security and poverty alleviation will be the main focus of FAO in the first decade of the new millennium.

Theme and Provisional Agenda:

The main theme of the 20th Session is Rice for Food Security. During this Session, papers and reports on the following sub-themes will be presented and discussed:

After the three-day Session, a field trip will be organized in the Central Plains of Thailand for those participants who are interested in the Integrated Crop Management for Rice Production.


Venue and dates:

The Twentieth Session will be held in Conference Room 4 at the Headquarters of the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (US/ESCAP) in Bangkok, Thailand from 23 to 25 July 2002.

Organizing Committees:

The FAO Committee:

The National Committee:


Participants of the 20th Session include the Senior Officers of rice programmes in 60 Member Countries, scientists from main CG rice research centres, officers of technical units of FAO, and officers of other international and regional developmental and financial institutions, and NGOs.

Individuals interested in the promotion of Sustainable Rice Production for Food Security are welcome to participate in this 20th Session of the International Rice Commission as the observer capacity.


Other information:

MEALS: Lunch and coffee break will be provided by the Organizing Committee at the UN/ESCAP facilities.

HOTEL: The participants are recommended to stay at the Prince Palace Hotel, 488/800 Bo Bae Tower, Damrongrak Road, Klong Mahanak, Pomprab, Bangkok 10100.

Tel: (662) 628-1111; Fax: (662) 628-1000.

Room rate (including a breakfast):

Hotel will provide transport from Hotel to UN/ESCAP's meeting room (about 20 minutes) and return.


COCKTAIL RECEPTION: Participants will be invited by FAO and the Government of Thailand to a Cocktail Reception, which will be held at Prince Palace Hotel Reception Hall


Contact addresses:

For further information please contact: