SINGAPORE, 15 Oct. 2018 – Corteva Agriscience and the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) today announced a multi-year framework agreement on collaborative rice research, deployment of new breeding technologies and development of breeding programs.
“Our shared goal for this partnership is to help rice farmers to become more productive and sustainable,” said Peter Ford, Corteva Agriscience’s president, Asia Pacific. “Our collaboration will allow us to offer farmers a broader suite of high-performing products and effective science-based innovations that will optimize yield and crop quality. Partnerships such as this create the power of scale and will drive positive change for rice farmers.”
Rice is the world’s most important staple food, directly feeding more than any other crop. To meet the demand of a growing global population, rice production needs to dramatically increase by 25 percent over the next 25 years. Yet increased competition for dwindling resources such as land and water, unpredictable climates, farm labor shortages and lack of technical expertise are some of the issues threatening the future of rice.
The agreement provides both parties with access to advanced technologies, including IRRI’s germplasm, hybrid and inbred rice programs and Corteva Agriscience’s precision breeding technologies. The partnership seeks to improve the genetic outcomes of breeding programs, encourage sustainable rice cultivation, and develop new rice varieties which deliver higher yields and are more resilient against biotic and abiotic stresses.
Other areas of collaboration will include the development of holistic agronomic and crop protection programs to enhance the adoption of Direct Seeded Rice – a resource-efficient technology that overcomes limitations of traditional cultivation techniques and improves the productivity and profitability of rice farming.
“IRRI is committed to harnessing the best of agriculture innovations to build a sustainable and equitable global rice sector,” said Jacqueline Hughes, deputy director General for Research, IRRI. “We recognize the critical role private sector organizations, such as Corteva Agriscience™, can play in achieving this goal and we welcome the opportunity to forge partnerships with businesses that share our vision.”
She went on further to explain, “IRRI’s technology platform, expertise, and genetic assets combined with Corteva Agriscience’s global expertise in breeding technologies, including their gene editing technology, means we can anticipate even greater innovations in our hybrid and inbred programs. We are excited about making these innovations available to smallholder farmers through our extensive national networks.”
The agreement was formalized at the 5th International Rice Congress (IRC) in Singapore, organized by IRRI. Corteva Agriscience is a platinum sponsor of the IRC.
About Corteva Agriscience™
Corteva Agriscience™ (NYSE: DWDP), is intended to become an independent, publicly traded company when the previously announced spinoff is complete by June 2019. The division combines the strengths of DuPont Pioneer, DuPont Crop Protection and Dow AgroSciences. Corteva Agriscience™ provides growers around the world with the most complete portfolio in the industry — including some of the most recognized brands in agriculture: Pioneer®, Encirca®, the newly launched Brevant™ Seeds, as well as award-winning Crop Protection products — while bringing new products to market through our solid pipeline of active chemistry and technologies. More information can be found at www.corteva.com.
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About the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI)
The International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) is the world’s premier research organization dedicated to transforming lives through the global rice sector. The institute works to improve livelihoods and nutrition and abolish poverty, hunger, and malnutrition among those who depend on rice-based agri-food systems. IRRI promotes a sustainable and equitable global rice sector in a world challenged by climate change. An independent, nonprofit, research and educational institute, IRRI is headquartered in Los Baños, Philippines with offices in 17 rice-growing countries in Asia and Africa. It works closely with national and regional research institutes, development and civil society organizations, academia and the private sector to bring relevant research and innovations to those who will benefit the most. IRRI is a member of the CGIAR System and is bound by the CGIAR Principles on the Management of Intellectual Assets, and likewise by its own Intellectual Property and Commercialization Policy.
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