Status & Financing

What is the IRRDB?

  • The IRRDB is a voluntary association and a research and development network which brings together natural rubber research institutes from the majority of the world’s natural-rubber producing countries.  
  • It is an informal organisation without any legal status

How is it run?

  • It has a Constitution which defines its objectives and operations.
  • Its policies are determined by a Board of representatives from each member institutes.
  • Technical advice to the Board is provided by a Committee of Directors and Chief Executives.

What does it do?

  • The bulk of the work is undertaken by specialist groups, covering breeding, physiology and exploitation, pathology, technology and end uses and socio-economics.
  • Liaison Officers for each specialist group link group members, the Secretariat and the Board, and meet regularly.

How is it financed?

  • Member institutes make financial contributions according to the volume of rubber production in the members’ respective countries.
  • Additional financial support from outside are sought to undertake any projects deemed necessary for the protection and future growth of the Natural Rubber industry.

Where is it located?

  • It is located in premises belonging to one of the member institutes. It has been at the Rubber Research Institute of Malaysia (RRIM), Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia for the past 83 years.