The present review was commissioned by CIMMYT at the request of the Regional Steering Committee (RSC) of the Rice-Wheat Consortium (RWC). The goal of the review was to determine the changes in research priorities, organization and methods that will be required for the RWC to continue to make a significant impact on the livelihoods of those employed in agriculture, especially the poor, on the sustainable management of natural resources in the IGP, and on regional food security. (RSC) of the RWC.
Findings of the review show that the RWC has emerged as an innovative model for regional and international collaboration, which is now beginning to develop a credible record of achievements. It is operating as an inter-institutional and inter-center, multidisciplinary network facilitating systems based farmer participatory research in the rice-wheat ecology of the IGP. The main source of strength of RWC is the commitment of its key stakeholders to the founding principles and ownership of its work program spanning strategic, applied, and adaptive research and knowledge dissemination activities.