Last year Rikolto tested the implementation of the standard for sustainable rice cultivation with 12 farmers’ organisations worldwide. In the report that you can download on this page, we share our insights with you.
But first: is this SRP standard just another new label? And why are we convinced that complying with the standard is a major step towards a more sustainable world?
Well, one in five people on our planet earn a living from rice. These rice producers are now already one of the most vulnerable groups in terms of the impact of climate change. Droughts, floods and rising sea levels seriously affect yields. Conversely, paddy fields also contribute to climate change, as they generate large quantities of greenhouse gases: about 10% of global methane emissions come from rice paddies. At the same time, global demand for rice is rising sharply.