Philippines, 14 - 25 January 2013
Participants on the 30th Global Young Leaders Programme (YLP) responded to International Rice Research Institute (IRRI)’s invitation to make business and strategic recommendations on ways to commercialise its research technology and used IRRI’s Nutrient Manager for Rice as a basis for a business model. Through a combination of classroom-based discussions and onsite visits to local communities, this YLP proposed the establishment of a new company to drive an integrated ICT platform to improve rice crop management and provide farmers with access to credit, farming-related information and services. This platform would give IRRI the opportunity to reach out and significantly impact the socio-economic livelihoods of smallholder farmers, whilst contributing to more environmentally sustainable farming methods. Click here for a showcase of the business plan.
The International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) is a non-profit independent research and training organisation dedicated to developing new rice varieties and crop management techniques to improve rice yield and production in a sustainable manner. IRRI is one of 15 agricultural research centres worldwide that constitute the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR).