In intensive systems, where rice is grown two to three crops a year, rice straw is either left in the field or burned. This practice causes hazardous air pollution, increased emission of greenhouse gases, and loss of nutrients from farmers’ fields.

For decades, IRRI has been leading the charge in finding optimal solutions to sustainably manage and increase the value of rice straw.

Through collaboration and learning-based alliances, we work with different institutions and communities around the globe in crafting practical solutions that will ensure a safe, sustainable, and resilient rice farming systems through efficient and sustainable rice straw management. 

Rice straw management

A three-year project (2016-2019) about developing better rice straw management options in Cambodia, Vietnam, and the Philippines

Rice straw for energy

An initiative by different institutions who are looking for opportunities how rice straw can be used for energy and other potentially profitable uses. The project was implemented from 2013 to 2016.