Paddy rice production causes significant methane emissions in comparison to other cropping systems.

The Alliance’s Paddy Rice Research Group is working together to find ways to reduce the emissions intensity of paddy rice cultivation systems, while improving its overall production efficiency. Trade-offs with emissions of nitrous oxide and changes of the quantity of carbon stored in paddy soils are also being considered.

The Group’s activities are completed by two sub-Groups that focus on regional rice production systems:

  • Latin American sub-Group including CIAT as partner
  • Asia sub-Group

The Group’s work is focused on improving countries’ national inventories of greenhouse gas emissions from paddy rice cultivation systems.

It will also help provide knowledge of source/sink extents and mitigation options to paddy rice farmers, land managers and policy makers by looking at the impacts of water management, organic matter and fertilisers and cultivar selection.

The Paddy Rice Group has a particular focus on identifying good practice and gaps in current knowledge, standardising measurement techniques, and developing improved country-specific emission factors and mitigation options. Relevant literature is being compiled in a database. Over time, the Group will look at how to scale up results across countries and extrapolate solutions to the long term. A future goal is the development of an experimental protocol for a multi-site, multi-country field experiment.

Our Work Plan

Current Research Landscape

Capability Building

Good Practice Guidance and Methodologies

Research Networks

Collaborative Activities

Policy Support and Links to International Initiatives

Paddy Rice Research Group Co-Chairs

The Group is led by two Co- Chairs, representing Japan and Uruguay.

Dr Kazuyuki Yagi

NIAES

Japan

kyagi@affrc.go.jp

Mr Gonzalo Zorilla

INIA

Uruguay

gzorrilla@inia.org.uy

Participating Countries

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Africa

Americas

Asia Pacific

Europe

Argentina

Belgium

Brazil

Chile

China

Colombia

Ecuador

France

Ghana

Indonesia

Japan

Malaysia

Mexico

Netherlands

Nicaragua

Peru

Philippines

South Korea

Spain

Thailand

United States of America

Uruguay

Vietnam

Group collaborations

A key aim of the Paddy Rice Group is to increase country participation and partnerships with relevant non-government research organisations and initiatives

Monsoon Asia Agro-Environmental Research Consortium
International Rice Research Institute (IRRI)
International Centre for Tropical Research (CIAT)
The Cooperative Program for Technological Development of Agriculture and Agribusiness for the Southern Cone (PROCISUR)