The CGIAR Research Program on Global Rice Science Partnership (GRiSP), led by the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI), encompasses nearly all research at IRRI and brings together the mandates, previously separate, of three CGIAR Centers related to rice research: IRRI, AfricaRice and CIAT.
GRiSP’s broad objectives are to increase the production, value and quality of rice and rice products worldwide, while ensuring a healthy rice production environment for future generations. In addition to the CGIAR centers, three non-CGIAR organizations, CIRAD, IRD and JIRCAS are involved, and GRiSP engages 900 other research and development partners worldwide.
The primary purpose of this evaluation is to increase the contribution that GRiSP is likely to make toward CGIAR goals, enhancing the productivity and sustainability of rice-based farming systems, as well as the livelihoods of poor producers and consumers of rice in developing countries.
As in all CRP evaluations, the purpose of the evaluation of GRiSP is to provide essential, evaluative information for decision-making—by both CRP management and funders—on issues such as extension, expansion and structure of the program, as well as adjusting some aspects of the program.