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's strategy involves on-site farmer-participatory research linking scientists from NARES, international research centers, and advanced research institutions using a multidisciplinary approach for technology generation, validation, and dissemination.
CURE also closely collaborates with local government units and nongovernment organizations to disseminate technologies over a wider area.
Membership comprises 26 institutions in 10 countries: Bangladesh, Cambodia, India, Indonesia, Lao PDR, Myanmar, Nepal, Philippines, Thailand, and Vietnam.