IRRI is a nonprofit independent research and training organization and is a member of the CGIAR Consortium. IRRI's research is being done under the framework of the CGIAR Research Program on Rice which the Institute leads.
CGIAR is a global partnership that unites organizations engaged in research for a food-secure future. CGIAR research is dedicated to reducing rural poverty, increasing food security, improving human health and nutrition, and ensuring a more sustainable management of natural resources.
IRRI is the Lead Center on the CGIAR Research Program on Rice. In addition, the Institute is a member of the following CGIAR Research Programs:
- CGIAR Research Program on Agriculture for Nutrition and Health
- CGIAR Research Program on Water, Land and Ecosystems
- CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS)
IRRI develops new rice varieties and rice crop management techniques that help farmers improve the yield and quality of their rice crop in a way that is environmentally sustainable. We work with our partners in the public and private sector and through the national agricultural research and extension systems of major rice-growing countries to do research, training, and knowledge transfer.
Our social and economic research also informs governments to guide policymakers toward a more equitable supply and distribution of rice.