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SRP 5th Annual Plenary Meeting and General Assembly
27-29 October 2016
Manila and Los Banos, Philippines

"World's First Rice Sustainability Standard Launch"

The SRP 5th Annual Plenary Meeting and General Assembly was held in Manila and IRRI's Headquarters at Los Banos, Philippines from 27-29 October 2015. The event's highlight was the successful launch of the SRP Standard for Sustainable Rice Cultivation, the world's first rice sustainability standard.

Coinciding with the launch of the Standard, Mars Food announced a global corporate commitment to 100% sourcing of its rice by 2020, using the Standard as a basis for monitoring corporate compliance.

The event was attended by over 120 participants and journalists from Asia and around the world. It was officially opened by Isabelle Louis, UNEP Deputy Regional Director for Asia Pacific, and Dr. Matthew Morell, IRRI Deputy Director General fro Research. Keynote addresses were given by Dr. Calixto Protacio, Director of PhilRice, Philippine Department of Agriculture, and by Atty. Analiza Rebuelta-Teh, Undersecretary and Chief of Staff at the Philippine Department of Environment and Natural Resources. Both keynote speakers expressed the alignment and shared commitment of the Philippine Government to SRP's goals and aspirations in regard to food security, livelihoods, climate change impacts and biodiversity.