Wednesday, September 28, 2022

IRRI organises an orientation among farmers and extension workers for sustainable rice production system in India



The International Rice Research Institute (IRRI)- South Asia Regional Centre (ISARC) organized a capacity development activity on 5 July to promote a sustainable rice production system in India. Farmers and extension workers from Sonbhadra, Uttar Pradesh participated in an orientation which focused on the best agronomic management practices and digital tools. 

ISARC organizes training on conservation agriculture for rice-based systems to improve paddy production in Madhya Pradesh



The International Rice Research Institute South Asia Regional Centre (ISARC) in  Varanasi, India organized a capacity development training program on conservation agriculture on 25-26 July. The training, Regenerative Agriculture Program, was organized for Bayer Crop Science Limited for farmers and technical staff from Madhya Pradesh.

Women farmers and extension agents from Grameen Mitra learn about sustainable rice production systems



Small scale entrepereneurs, farmers and extension agents, including a majority of women leaders from Grameen Mitra Initiative of Grameen Foundation India, participated in a capacity development training, The topics centered around digital innovation, sustainable production technology, and best management practices for rice, which aims to transform the agriculture system in Eastern Uttar Presdesh, India.

KVK-CSISA Network plan next initiatives



The Cereal Systems Initiative for South Asia (CSISA) and Division of Agricultural Extension, Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) jointly convened the KVK-CSISA network annual workshop at the NASC Complex, New Delhi on September 23. In the workshop, policymakers, scientists, and experts from the Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR), Department of Agricultural Research and Education (DARE), Krishi Vigyan Kendras (KVKs), International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA),  International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT), International Rice Research Institute  (IRRI), International Food Policy Research Institute  (IFPRI), and Department of Mission Shakti, Government of Odisha discussed and reviewed the KVK-CSISA activities and planned landscape diagnostic survey (LDS) activities for pulses and oilseeds in rice-pulse/rice-oilseed cropping system across India under the network.

Facilitating the adoption of new rice varieties in Nepal to benefit farmers, consumers, and national economy



Farmers, consumers, rice-based agri-food system stakeholders, and, ultimately, Nepal’s national economy would benefit from the faster adoption of new climate-resilient, high-yielding rice by the country’s farmers. To facilitate the adoption of new rice varieties, the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI), Nepal Agriculture Research Council, Agriculture and Forestry University, Agriculture Knowledge Centers, and the Prime Minister Agriculture Modernization Program arranged a field visit  and roundtable discussion on 6 September 2022 in Chitwan.

Tuesday, September 20, 2022

MSc Sandwich Research Program Opportunities are now offered to Filipino students



As part of the 6-year capacity building for Higher Education program implemented by the University of the Philippines, Los Banos (UPLB), the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI), and the Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA), UPLB now offers Sandwich Research Scholarships for incoming and continuing Filipino MS students that are presently enrolled in the university.

Wednesday, September 14, 2022

Women farmers from Bihar participate in modern rice production training at IRRI South Asia Regional Centre


Forty women from different districts of Bihar, India participated in a modern rice production training designed to equip them with skills and knowledge and empower progressive women engaged in rice-based agri-food systems. Modern rice production technologies was organized by the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) in partnership with Bihar Agricultural University, Sabour under the Climate-Resilient Agriculture Project of the Bihar State Government.

Held on 24 to 26 August at the IRRI South Asia Regional Centre in Varanasi, the training and capacity development and exposure visit recognizes the contribution of women who make up more than 50% of the total workforce in farming activities in Bihar. However, women farmers often lack the knowledge and skill sets and need to be capacitated to accelerate production, increase their productivity and income, and hasten climate change adaptation and disaster risk management in agriculture.


Through the training, the participants learned best-bet packages for climate-resilient and sustainable rice production, quality seed production and storage, direct-seeded rice as an alternative crop establishment method, site-specific nutrient management, water management strategies in rice cultivation, harvesting and post-production practices for rice, rice-value addition, and the role of women in agriculture and rural development. 

The women also acquired knowledge in mechanization and postharvest practices, natural farming, and multiple low-cost bio inputs for improving soil carbon and fertility. 

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IRRI Nepal and FWU train young scientists to strengthen research design and data analytics in the face of climate change



Participants and dignitaries of the training program at the inaugural session in front of Faculty of Agriculture, FWU, Tikapur, Kailai

A five-day training entitled “Robust experimental designs and smart statistical tools for rice research in the face of climate change” was held from August 29 to September 2 at the Faculty of Agriculture, Far Western University (FWU), in Tikapur, Kailali, Nepal. The event was co-organized by the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) and FWU with the objective of transferring critical skills on research design, data handling, processing, analysis and scientific writing.

Monday, September 12, 2022

One IRRI-NARES Rice Breeding Network launches in India to enhance genetic gains in South Asia


South Asia, for years, has been trying to tackle different challenges in their agrifood system. Some of these challenges are identifying genetic resources, mapping traits for drought, salinity, and submergence tolerance, as well as identifying grain quality requirements based on the market demand in South Asia. As a response, plant breeders at the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) and national agricultural research and extension systems (NARES) convened to launch the One IRRI-NARES Rice Breeding Network Team-South Asia in India.

Tuesday, September 6, 2022

IRRI Education opens three courses on rice research, breeding, and sustainable cultivation


The International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) Education opened on rice research and production, rice breeding, and sustainable rice cultivation.

The Rice Research to Production (RR2P) face-to-face course kicked off on 05 September at the IRRI headquarters with 69 research and extension staff of the Department of Agriculture (DA), DA attached agencies, local government units, and state universities and colleges participating in the 5-day training. The program is part of the fourth rollout of the RR2P course, which started on 27 June, where the participants will get to apply what they have learned from the online component of the course under the guidance of IRRI’s resource experts. This RR2P program is under the DA-IRRI project, Strengthening the capability of the national research for development and extension partners for research, development, and extension of information and technologies to improve productivity and resilience of rice-based farming communities in the Philippines.

Wednesday, August 24, 2022

Expanding the DSRC horizons in Andhra Pradesh


Under “Precision Direct-Seeded Rice-based Diversification Systems for Transforming Labour Requirement, Yields and Profitability of Smallholder Farmers in Odisha” (IRRI-GoO-DSR-Odisha Project), a 5-day interstate exposure visit of lead farmers and potential Service Providers (SPs) from Odisha was organized from 3-7 August 2022. This project is supported by the Government of Odisha and is being implemented by IRRI in close coordination with the Department of Agriculture and Farmers Empowerment (DAFE), Government of Odisha. A total of 25 participants representing 3 lead farmers and 2-DSR- SPs each from Bargarh, Ganjam, Kalahandi Mayurbhanj and Puri districts of Odisha were involved in the event.

Monday, August 22, 2022

Modern rice breeding training kicks off in Bangladesh


More than 60 scientists from Bangladesh Rice Research Institute (BRRI) participated in a virtual training on modern rice breeding organized  by the Rice Breeding Innovations Platform (RBI) of the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI).The training, Statistical genomics and quantitative genetics applications in modern rice breeding, aims to improve the capacity of BRRI scientists in cutting-edge breeding approaches to enhance genetic gains and help institutionalize genomic selection at the institute.

Tuesday, August 9, 2022

IRRI hosts breeding optimization workshop


The  CGIAR’s Excellence in Breeding (EiB) team convened to discuss product concepts and how different breeding tools and technologies can be used to optimize and strengthen breeding programs during the “Breeding Scheme Design and Optimization Methods Workshop” on 1-5 August at the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI).

Tuesday, August 2, 2022

Bihar Minister of Agriculture lauds ISARC capacity development programs


Honorable Minister of Agriculture, Government of Bihar, Shri Amarendra Pratap Singh inaugurated a Three-Day Capacity Development Training and Exposure Visit Program organized by IRRI South Asia Regional Centre (ISARC) at Varanasi on 27 July 2022 for associate professors and scientists of Bihar Agriculture University (BAU). Dr. Arun Kumar, Vice-Chancellor, BAU, Sabour, Bihar; Dr. Anil Kumar Singh, Vice-President, National Academy of Agricultural Science (NAAS), New Delhi; and Dr. Sudhanshu Singh, Director, ISARC, Varanasi were also graciously present in the inaugural ceremony. This training event is being undertaken in collaboration with the BAU under its Climate-Resilient Agriculture (CRA) Program funded by the Government of Bihar.

Friday, July 29, 2022

IRRI holds digital innovation and crop management training to help Grameen Foundation improve rice production in Uttar Pradesh



Extension agents from Grameen Foundation participated in a capacity development training centered around digital innovation, sustainable production technology, and best management practices for rice to help transform the agriculture system in Uttar Presdesh, India.

Friday, July 8, 2022

Dr. Randolph "Randy" Barker, noted economist, passes at 92

Randy Barker (left) engages with Chu Thai Huanh of IWMI


Respected agricultural economist Randolph Barker passed at age 92 in Utah, USA.

Wednesday, June 8, 2022

Bayer Delegation visits ISARC




Varanasi, 22 May - A delegation from Bayer Crop Science led by Dr. Amit Trikha, Global Crop Strategy Lead, and Dr. Sangeeta Mendiratta, Lead Government Affairs met with the IRRI team at IRRI South Asia Regional Centre (ISARC), Varanasi.

Wednesday, April 20, 2022

Collaboration with IRRI can be key to increasing farmers’ income and addressing climate change issues in agriculture: The World Bank




Delegates from Water Resources Group (WRG) of the World Bank visited the IRRI South Asia Regional Centre (IRRI SARC) in Varanasi on 8th April 2022 to discuss possible collaboration in the AgWater Project and other initiatives in the Indian State of Uttar Pradesh (U.P.).

Thursday, April 7, 2022

BIC Director Dr. Gururaj Guddappi Kulkarni welcomed at ICBA Dubai





Last 22 March, Dr. Gururaj Guddappi Kulkarni, Global Head of Research Infrastructure & Regulatory Compliance of the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) and Director of the IRRI Bio-Innovation Center (IRRI BIC), was invited to give a guest lecture at the International Center for Biosaline Agriculture (ICBA) in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.

Dr. Kulkarni talked to ICBA leads and staff about best practices in institutional stewardship and regulatory compliance, as well as about the Bio-Innovation Center, an initiative that allows private and public sector partners to leverage IRRI's world-class research infrastructure, expertise, and resources for the development or scaling up of their own products or research solutions.

Established in 1999 as an international non-profit organization focused on applied agricultural research for marginal environments, ICBA scientists were very receptive to Dr. Kulkarni's lecture, as the organization is open to collaborative opportunities and is moving forward on its own journey for stewardship and other regulatory areas.

Dr. Kulkarni was invited by Dr. R.K. Singh, ICBA Principal Scientist for Plant Breeding and Program Leader on Crop Diversification and Genetics. Dr. Singh was a senior scientist and rice breeder at IRRI from 2005 to 2018, leading and coordinating rice research, breeding, and trait development activities in Africa, South Asia, and Southeast Asia for stresses such as salinity, drought, heat, and problem soils.


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Thursday, March 31, 2022

Dr. Kulkarni honored with Outstanding Leadership Award in Food 2.0 Conference



Dr. Gururaj Guddappa Kulkarni, Director of the IRRI Bio-Innovation Center, Global Head of Research Infrastructure & Regulatory Compliance, and Research Support Platform Representative for Asia & Africa, was recently honored with the Outstanding Leadership Award at the Food 2.0 / Health 2.0 International Conference at Dubai Festival City, UAE.

The award was given for Dr. Kulkarni's contributions to the field of Food and Beverage, adjudged on parameters such as reputation, educational background, professional experience, creative thinking, and decisive leadership.

Congratulations, Dr. Kulkarni!


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Thursday, March 24, 2022

Remembering David Shires



IRRI is saddened to hear of the passing of David Shires on March 21. Hailing from Australia, David was a training consultant at IRRI HQ since the early 2000s, and was a major player in the development of IRRI's Rice Knowledge Bank. He was well-liked by his colleagues for his friendly demeanor, his wisdom, and dedication to his work. The institute sends our deepest condolences to David’s family, friends, and loved ones. 

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Wednesday, March 16, 2022

Remembering Mina Swaminathan (1933-2022)



On March 14, Mina Swaminathan, educator and wife of IRRI’s fourth Director-General M.S. Swaminathan, died due to natural causes in their home in Teynampet, Chennai. She was 88.

Thursday, February 24, 2022

One CGIAR to hold in-country consultation workshops to help transform food systems in the ASEAN region

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The workshop series seeks to identify the research for development needs and priorities of each ASEAN member state’s agri- and aquatic-food systems to help design a cross-ASEAN research for development program

In March 2022, One CGIAR will hold a series of virtual consultation workshops across Southeast Asia and begin to co-design and co-create an ASEAN-One CGIAR research for development program which addresses national needs and priorities in the food sector.