Closing rice yield gaps in Asia with reduced environmental footprints (CORIGAP) is a project implemented under the Irrigated Rice Research Consortium (IRRC), along with other projects. IRRI invests in the IRRC as a partnership mechanism within the Global Rice Science Partnership (GRiSP), a CGIAR-research program on rice.
The main objective of CORIGAP is to improve food security and gender equity, and alleviate poverty through optimizing productivity and sustainability of irrigated rice production systems. This will be achieved by using science-based tools and participatory methods that would generate evidences on reduced rice yield gap through (1) increased profitability of smallholder farmers using integrated crop and natural resources management and (2) optimized integrated sustainable rice production systems. Innovative learning platforms and novel communication strategies among farmers, researchers, and extension staff from both the public and private sector will play a powerful role in the process.
The project has two phases:
Phase 2: Six granaries for 500,000 small holder farmers will have 20% more rice yield by 2022
CORIGAP is composed of a Coordination Unit, key scientists from each country and from IRRI, and an Advisory Committee.