A three-year project titled “Scalable straw management options for improved livelihoods, sustainability, and low environmental footprint in rice‐based production systems” was launched in 2015 to conduct research on different rice straw management options. Experts from IRRI and its national partners in Cambodia, Philippines, and Vietnam aims to introduce practical and viable technology options to optimize the use of rice straw and bring income opportunities in an environmentally sustainable manner.
The project has five research output-oriented packages that will come up with economic and environmentally viable solutions to manage rice straw in small and large scale farms.
Output 1. Innovative technologies, management options, and farmer business models for conventional rice straw management.
Output 2: Carbon footprint of conventional straw management options under different mechanization levels of harvest/postharvest operations
Output 3: Carbonization of straw (biochar) as a pioneering approach for lowering footprint and increasing income
Output 4: Methodologies for and results from sustainability assessment for promising rice straw management options
Output 5: Communication and outreach strategies for dissemination of results