IRRI’s Climate Change Research assesses the interactive nature of rice production and climate change since the early 1990s. Research conducted by IRRI's Climate Change group covers various aspects of adaptation and mitigation in rice production systems. Moreover, our work on Climate Change largely capitalizes on research findings stemming from IRRI projects conceived in another thematic context—for instance plant breeding—to improve resilience in unfavorable environments or decision making for higher resource use efficiency.
Our activities cut across different disciplines under a 'two-portfolio framework' combining two Consortium Research Programs (CRPs) of the CGIAR, namely Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS) and Global Rice Science Partnership (GRiSP). Adaptation research aims to develop rice plants and crop management systems that can better cope with higher temperatures and aggravating climate extremes. Mitigation research focuses on reducing the carbon footprint of irrigated rice such as water saving technologies. Impacts and Policies are addressed across different scales, from local to international (e.g. ASEAN).