6th International Rice Congress

The DA-Bureau of Agricultural Research, together with DA and its other attached agencies and bureaus, attends the 6th International Rice Congress 2023, with the theme “Accelerating Transformation of Rice-Based Food Systems: From Gene to Globe” at Philippine International Convention Center, Manila.
Happening from 16 to 19 October 2023, this year’s congress brings together scientists, experts, and decision-makers from the government, private, and public sectors to formulate evidence-based solutions to some of the biggest challenges of the global rice sector. Convened by IRRI every four years and held for the first time in the Philippines, the IRC is a scientific platform for rice-based food systems innovators to work towards shaping a food- and nutrition-secure future.
In his keynote address, Philippine President and DA secretary Ferdinand R. Marcos, Jr. recognized the congress as an effective avenue to compare and re-evaluate policies, discuss ideas for enhancing the rice value chain, and introduce better practices and technologies.
“We also work together with international financial institutions like the IRRI and foreign governments, not only to ensure a steady supply of rice but also to enhance the development and sharing of crucial technologies and strategies. We are working on our disaster preparedness and resilience so that the rice industry could correspond and adapt to the effects of El Niño and other calamities,” the President emphasized.
Previous IRC editions were held in Beijing (2002), New Delhi (2006), Hanoi (2010), Bangkok (2014), and Singapore (2018).