Remote sensing-based Information and Insurance for Crops in Emerging economies (“RIICE”) is a public-private partnership aiming to reduce the vulnerability of rice smallholder farmers in low-income countries in Asia and beyond. The parties make use of remote sensing technologies to map and observe rice growth in selected regions in Asia (Cambodia, India, Thailand and Vietnam). Such information helps governments to make the necessary provision to meet potential food shortages given that rice is the most important crop for most Asian countries.

RIICE Vietnam presents results of rice monitoring in Vietnam. Managed by National Institute of Agricultural Planning and Projection (NIAPP), the second phase of RIICE focuses on 8 provinces in the Red River delta (Ha Noi, Ha Nam, Hai Phong, Thai Binh, Nam Dinh, Hung Yen, Hai Duong, Bac Ninh), and two to other provinces in the Mekong River delta (An Giang and Dong Thap).

RIICE Vietnam is a consortium between NIAPP, IRRI, Sarmap and Can Tho University (CTU). In this phase, RIICE is working on:

- Rice cultivation area by season at district and commune levels;
- Yield forecast and product estimation at district and commune levels;
- Damage by disease or disaster (by flood and drought).

Utilizing cutting-edged technologies of radar satellite image processing, RIICE provides timely information on rice production to policy makers and farmers. A key option at hands for governments is to establish agricultural insurance solutions to protect rice small-holder farmers. In the same way, the risks involved in agricultural lending by banks to rice small-holder farmers can be reduced through insurance that protects the farm loans against default risks due to yield losses and thus trigger more investments in agricultural production.