The Department of Agriculture-Philippine Rice Research Institute (DA-PhilRice) hosted the launching of a partnership on Jan. 20 that aims to promote a water-saving technology that will reduce methane emission from rice farming. Conducted at the Crop Biotech Center, the partnership sealed agreements between the Upper Pampanga River Integrated Irrigation Systems of the National Irrigation Authority, Ostrom Climate Solutions Inc., and three Irrigators Associations. The agreement involves the use of the only methodology approved by the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), the Alternate Wetting and Drying (AWD) technology, which generates emission reductions or carbon credits. Represented by its President and CEO, Phil Cull, Ostrom Climate Solutions – Canada’s leading carbon management firm, funds the training of the farmers on AWD.

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Philippine Rice Research Institute (PhilRice) is a government corporate entity attached to the Department of Agriculture created through Executive Order 1061 on 5 November 1985 (as amended) to help develop high-yielding and cost-reducing technologies so farmers can produce enough rice for all Filipinos.

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