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World’s rice experts preparing for 6th International Rice Congress

More than 1,000 presentations, from latest research, market and future trends, including plenary keynote speeches and panel discussions on current challenges in agriculture such as food security and climate change are expected in the upcoming four-day conference – at least 1,500 attendees expected.

(DLG.) A platform for both international research on rice cultivation and practical equipment and input solutions, from seed breeding to post-harvesting, the International Rice Congress, 16-19 October, in Manila, Philippines, will deliver more than 1,000 science-based presentations, including eight plenary keynote speeches, specialized conferences and an exclusive 40-company trade show, to at least 1,500 attendees. The Congress also presents more than 500 technical summaries.

The International Rice Congress, which takes place every four years in alternating locations, will bring some 1,500 delegates coming from the entire rice value chain – from researchers and scientists, to farmer groups, non-government organizations, government agencies and private corporations. These delegates  hail from across the globe – about 60 countries, including Bangladesh, India, Japan, United States, as well as the Philippines, the host country.

“The International Rice Congress 2023 is a perfect opportunity to talk about the most pressing and most crucial issues facing the global rice sector today. International Rice Congress 2023 is a convergence of experts in the fields of genomics, microbiome research, soil health, greenhouse gas emissions, precision farming, artificial intelligence and Big Data, remote sensing tools, among others to present and discuss novel solutions and interventions that are needed now and in the future,” said Bas Bouman, Research Director – Sustainable Impact through Rice-based Systems, International Rice Research Institute. Bouman is the Chair of the Overall Organizing Committee of International Rice Congress 2023.

Meanwhile, eight cross-continental keynote speakers, all thought leaders in the rice sector, will set the tone for the conference. Representing academia, private companies and research institutions in countries across Asia, Africa and the United States, the speakers include Temina Lalani-Shariff of CGIAR; Michael Graham, Bayer Crop Science; and Sally Mackenzie, Penn State University, among other high-level speakers from research and private sectors, covering regenerative, sustainable rice systems to epigenomics for crop improvement to soil microbiomes as well as governmental requirements.

Individual sessions from plant breeding to climate change

 The more than 100 parallel sessions, each with up to seven international experts, offer in-depth analysis and research updates on technical subjects in the whole rice value chain, from plant breeding and pest, weed, soil and water management to mitigating Greenhouse Gasses (GHG) emissions and climate-risk strategies, as well as analyses of world market and trade restrictions, and particular focus on countries such as Bangladesh and Nepal.

More than 500 research projects at the exhibition hall 

With extensive technical data, graphics and explanatory images, the 512 posters set up in the reception hall as exhibition panels, offer a summary of research work from PhD students, groups of early-career scientists and public and private researchers. The dedicated poster viewing sessions allow the 1,500 participants to identify knowledge relevant to their professional lives. The highly specialized titles include as an example “Precision marker-based breeding for precise transfer of pre-harvest sprouting resistance from Indica donor to the elite Korean temperate japonica varieties.”

Trade Show presents applicable farm solutions

In-between the 1,000 presentation sessions, attendees will be exploring rice equipment and practical solutions at the International Rice Congress trade show, which is organized by the DLG (German Agricultural Society) through its Thailand-based subsidiary, DLG Asia Pacific and the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI).

“The trade show at the International Rice Congress is a practical complement to the many research discussions.  At the exhibition area in the reception hall, practitioners, like small and large-scale rice farmers, and experts will be able to discuss what is practically possible in the field right now,” said Katharina Staske, managing director, DLG Asia Pacific.

Rice transplanters, novel farm input solutions, including new seed varieties, and harvest and post-harvest offerings as well as logistics are among exhibited products.

Non-profit and founded on the principles of furthering agricultural knowledge across borders through exhibitions, professional knowledge and networking, the DLG has been a partner of IRRI since 2018.

With its central theme “Accelerating Transformation of Rice-Based Food Systems: From Gene to Globe,” the International Rice Congress 2023 will highlight solutions and innovations that could help address critical issues on agriculture and climate change, food and nutrition security, environmental sustainability, and human and economic development.

Organized by International Rice Research Institute (IRRI), and this year jointly with the Philippine Department of Agriculture, the 6th International Rice Congress is working with international partners: including the DLG (German Agricultural Society), responsible for the trade show.

The sixth edition of International Rice Congress takes place at the Philippine International Convention Center (PICC), recently declared a Natural Cultural Treasure for its richness in Filipino history, heritage and culture. Previous International Rice Congress editions have been held in Beijing (2002), New Delhi (2006), Hanoi (2010), Bangkok (2014), and Singapore (2018). This year’s congress will be the first edition held in the Philippines, the headquarters of IRRI.

For more information on the 6th International Rice Congress 2023 please visit this website. Full program here: QR Code

Published Date: October 9, 2023

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