From May 15 to 18, 2018, the auditorium of the Universidad Nacional de Piura in Peru will be the place that will host the participants of the XIII International Rice Conference for Latin America and the Caribbean.
The Latin American Fund for Irrigated Rice (FLAR, by its acronym in Spanish), Hacienda El Potrero (FLAR member in Peru), the International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT, by its acronym in Spanish) and the Research Program on Rice (CGIAR Rice Research Program), organize this thirteenth meeting aimed at students, producers, technicians, agronomists, plant breeders, industrialists and researchers, interested in knowing the main advances of the rice sector in the region.
The theme “Alliances for rice production sustainability” seeks to draw attention to key issues in five thematic areas: 1. Genetic Improvement for Sustainability, 2. Sustainability in Rice Production, 3. Rice Quality and Sustainability, 4. Sustainable Rice Markets and Trade and 5. Rice and Society.
This new meeting of the rice sector will include three days of conferences, panels, poster presentations, technical and commercial exposition, as well as a large field day in the rice valley of Piura.
In 1976, CIAT, with the support of IRRI (International Rice Research Institute), organized the germplasm exchange network that was named INGER-LAC, which was the vehicle for the expansion of the green revolution in Latin America and the Caribbean. From 1995 to 2001 that network was maintained by FLAR. Hundreds of varieties that increased almost two tons per hectare regional production were released from the material that distributed this network.
As part of this regional cooperation initiative, the “International Rice Conference for Latin America and the Caribbean” was created, which was held for the first time in August 1976 and was repeated ten times, becoming a fundamental area for exchange of knowledge and for the continent’s rice development. The tenth Conference, organized by FLAR, was held in 1997 in Acarigua, Venezuela.
In September 2010, FLAR made the decision to reinstate the International Conference as a space of scientific updating for the region. Thus, in that year the eleventh version of this space was held, which brought together more than 400 participants in Cali (Colombia). Five years later, IRGA, with the support of FLAR, CIAT and then GRiSP (now RICE), held the twelfth Conference in the city of Porto Alegre in Brazil, which had 460 participants from 30 countries.
On this occasion, FLAR, Hacienda El Potrero, CIAT and RICE hope to have a greater attendance, which will generate a great conversation about the sustainability of rice.
More information at www.ConferenciaArrozALC2018.org