Message from Bob Zeigler, Director General Emeritus, International Rice Research Institute

Welcome to the World Rice Conference! I am delighted to be part of the efforts to create a holistic experience for the entire world rice sector. Jeremy Zwinger, International Commodity Institute / The Rice Trader CEO, and I are convinced that the time is right to bring the trade, industry and policy components of the rice sector together with the research community. After all, research enables the growth in rice production upon which the rice trade depends. Trade then allows the flow of food to allow the cycle to begin again. Rice is the world’s most important food staple; but the… Read More

Who should attend?

Rice scientists interested in sharing their results with the broader research community as well as those wishing to obtain the latest research findings should take advantage of this unique opportunity. We are creating the first consolidated rice sector meeting in which researchers can present their latest findings in the context of the broader rice sector.  Rice scientists from all disciplines are invited to present papers and posters summarizing the state of the art in rice research. In addition to concurrent disciplinary sessions, world research leaders will present overviews on the state of the art in research.

Plenary speakers:

Dr. Robert S. Zeigler, Director General Emeritus, International Rice Research Institute, on the intersection of rice research and policy

Dr. Mark Rosegrant, Director Emeritus, International Food Policy Research Institute, on how changing water resources may affect future rice supplies

Dr. Rod Wing, Professor University of Arizona, on the latest advances in rice genetics and genomics

Dr. Andy Nelson, Professor Twente University, on how remote sensing is changing how we manage the rice crop and adjust trade and policies to real-time events

Research session

Hybrid Rice Development Consortium – Half Day Session

Hybrid Rice Development Consortium – Half Day Session

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For the last 11 years, the World Rice Conference has brought rice traders, government officials and policymakers together to discuss and exchange information on matters directly impacting the rice trade. Other conferences have periodically assembled leading rice researchers to discuss advances in our understanding of a wide range of issues around producing the rice crop. But, until now, there has been no formal mechanism to bring together rice research – the foundation upon which reliable rice surpluses are built – and the rice trade – the means by which these surpluses reach consumers. It is long overdue that we bring together these key determinants of global food security and it remains our goal to give opportunities for the global rice industry to unite on a variety of levels.

Rice will continue to be the most important staple for half the world’s population for the foreseeable future. Demand is projected to double over the next decades as populations increase, become more urban, and consumer tastes broaden in previously non-rice consuming societies. Meeting this demand will be a major challenge as most suitable land is already under cultivation, water is becoming more and more scarce for rice cultivation and climate change and sea level rise threatens some of our most productive growing areas. And modern society demands environmentally benign agricultural production practices.

Rice science met the challenge to double food production beginning in the middle of the last century. To do this again will require discovery and innovations that dwarf earlier efforts. Dramatic advances in a wide range of scientific disciplines, communications and finance suggest that this will be possible. The fruits of research within an enabling policy environment will, if adequate and appropriate investments are made, help assure the reliable surpluses upon which global trade depends.

This conference will be organized into plenary and parallel sessions. Plenary sessions will feature world-renowned speakers and panel discussants and be designed to provide the rice trade and policy sector the means to appreciate what is happening in the very fast-moving world of rice science. Rice researchers will be introduced to the broader socioeconomic environment within which rice is traded. In-depth parallel scientific sessions over two days will provide the rice scientists with the opportunity to share their latest findings in a wide range of topics. Parallel sessions on trade and policy will allow traders to gain insights into how their trading environments may be changing.

Scientists are invited to submit abstracts in the following areas. Abstracts must be submitted electronically, ‘Submit an Abstract” September 15, although we prefer the submissions as early as possible due to the high number which are expected to be received. Authors will need to specify whether they prefer an oral presentation or poster.

Final acceptance of abstracts is contingent on completed registration for the conference.

Topic areas for abstract submission:

  1. Rice genetics and genetic resources
  2. Rice breeding
    1. Yield
    2. Stress tolerance
    3. Climate adaptation
  3. Rice grain quality and nutritional characteristics
  4. Rice crop management
    1. Soil and nutrients
    2. Water
    3. Remote sensing
    4. Effects on yield
  5. Rice pest and disease management
    1. Pest/pathogen biology and ecology
    2. Pest management approaches
  6. Sustainable rice production
    1. Tools and platforms
    2. Farmer information systems
    3. Insurance and credit
    4. Future potential advancements
  7. Rice economy
    1. Regional supply and demand trends
    2. Trade outlook and potential trade disrupters
    3. Trends in consumer demand and consumption patterns

For Abstract Submission or Information Contact:

Bob Zeigler


Jeremy Zwinger