Rice is a staple for almost half of the world’s population, providing food security, income and employment in developing countries. Yet current yields are growing only by 1% annually, and are insufficient to meet global demand, projected to reach 1 billion tonnes by 2050. Meanwhile, rice farming is a major contributor to greenhouse gas emissions, whilst being impacted by climate change.

SNV works at landscape level with key stakeholders: farmers, businesses and policy makers to balance climate change mitigation and adaptability with the need for food and income security.  Through sustainable production practices, we equip farmers to adapt to climate change impacts, to increase yields and to reduce post-harvest losses. Through public/private partnerships we support inclusive rice businesses and leverage innovative financing mechanisms. Working with national and regional governments, we also develop low emission and climate resilient development strategies such as Green Growth and National Adaptation Plans.

SNV is currently working with rice programmes in 11 countries: Benin, Burkina Faso, Cambodia, Ghana, Guinea-Bissau, Lao PDR, Mali, Niger, Tanzania, Vietnam, and Zambia. Partners include: IFAD, EU, Helvetas, international foundations, and private sector companies.

For more information about our work in rice, please contact us via rice@snv.org.

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