The diverse nature and wide geographical spread of the rainfed environments make it essential that research is carried out in partnership with national agricultural research and extension systems (NARES), drawing on local scientific expertise and farmers' indigenous knowledge. CURE is a platform within which NARES and IRRI researchers can partner together with farmers and extension workers to tackle key problems in sites representative of the diverse ecosystems.
CURE works through multidisciplinary workgroups, which meet regularly to review and plan research activities, identify and test suitable technologies, prepare project proposals, monitor research activities, and report progress. The working groups cover the following critical environments: drought, submergence, salinity, upland.
The Steering Committee (SC) provides overall guidance to the research agenda of the Consortium; approves funding proposals, budgetary allocations and work plans, reviews progress, and facilitates more widespread dissemination of research outputs beyond member institutions and countries.
The Consortium Coordinating Unit represents the Secretariat Office of the Consortium. It facilitates the initiation and establishment of interdisciplinary and multi-institutional research on integrated crop and resource management across the sub-ecosystems. In coordination with the SC, the Unit provides seed funding and administers support and communication among the Workgroups.
The diverse nature and wide geographic spread of rainfed environments make it essential that research be carried out in partnership with the national agricultural research and extension system (NARES). Research activities are conducted in key sites identified by country partners and local country coordinators with matching expertise.