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SRP 6th Annual Plenary Meeting and General Assembly
7-9 December 2016
Rendezvous Hotel, Singapore

"Upscaling SRP: Towards Rice Sector Transformation"

The Sustainable Rice Platform held its 6th Annual Plenary Meeting and General Assembly on 7-9 December 2016 in Singapore. This year's event brought together over one hundred representatives from diverse stakeholder groups from 20 countries to discuss collaborative approaches and innovative solutions to address critical sustainability challenges facing the global rice sector.

The event's theme was anchored in the Sustainable Rice Platform's vision in response to the global call to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all, in line with the UN Sustainable Development Goals. The meeting highlighted the strengths and opportunities of multi-stakeholder connections in addressing transformation of the rice sector in a sustainable way, and discussed the Sustainable Rice Platform's 5-year Strategic Plan (2017-2021).

In his keynote address, James Lomax from UN Environment- co-founder of the initiative, stressed the need for mechanisms to scale up climate-smart sustainable best practices to reach one million farmers and more, and encouraged stronger commitment from institutional members and partners.

James Lomax, SRP Advisory Committee Chairperson

With the successful launch of the SRP Standard and Performance Indicators for Sustainable Rice Cultivation last year, 2016 has been dedicated to pilot field testing and benchmarking. Multi-country field implementations were spearheaded by SRP institutional members and partners, such as Amru Rice, Battambang Rice Investment Co., Bayer Crop Science, Better Grain, Helvetas, Loc Troi Group, LT Foods, Mars Food, Natcap, GIZ-Better Rice Initiative, Olam International, Sunstar, Syngenta, Thai Rice Department, Rice Partners (Pvt) Ltd., UTZ and the Wildlife Conservation Society (Cambodia).

Delegates received the first samples of the Thai Hom Mali jasmine rice produced under Sustainable Rice Platform management in northeast Thailand, as part of a pilot field programme implemented by the Thai Rice Department, GIZ-Better Rice Initiatives and Olam International.