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Rice to the challenge

Sukumar Verma, Managing Director,Informa Connect, Singapore

We’ve seen new business opportunities related to the SDG sand most recently co-operated with the Sustainable Rice Platform (“SRP”) on the first Global Sustainable Rice Conference and Exhibition.

The SRP is a multi-stakeholder partnership which promotes sustainability in rice farming and throughout the entire rice value chain. Co-hosted by UN Environment and the International Rice Research Institute, we held the first ever conference bringing together research institutions, international organisations, producers and civil society groups with the aim of contributing to SDG 2 and SDG 17.

Discussions at the SRP developed many ideas for the future as well as identifying new knowledge gaps we need to fill as a sector. Participants also agreed to the Bangkok Declaration’s aims to increase collaboration across the value chain, furthering the ambitions of sustainable rice production.