Friday, February 16, 2024

IRRI Burundi turns over seeds of improved rice variety to INERA to boost seed production in the Democratic Republic of Congo

03 September 2023 (South Kivu, Democratic Republic of the Congo) – The International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) in Burundi transferred 300 kilograms of pre-basic seeds of Mugwiza rice to the National Institute for Agronomic Study and Research (INERA) to boost the production of quality foundation seed in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC).

Promoting sustainable rice farming in Burundi through high-quality seeds and good agricultural practices

Bujumbura, BURUNDI (14 November 2023) – The International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) conducted a training of trainers (ToT) on quality rice seed production and Good Agricultural Practices (GAP) to improve rice production and promote sustainable practices among farmers in Burundi, The program was a significant opportunity to enhance the trainees' skills and empower them to impart valuable knowledge to more farmers.

Tuesday, February 13, 2024

Women farmers in Bangladesh trained on quality seed production to build a pool of instructors for peer-to-peer learning

by Muhammad Ashraful Habib, Swati Nayak, & Md. Ahadat Hossain

The International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) and its partners hosted quality rice seed production training for women farmers to facilitate peer-to-peer learning among women-led groups in Bangladesh. 

Held on 07 February 2024 at the Bangladesh Rice Research Institute Regional Station in Barisal, the program trained 40 women from the Maddha Rakudia IPM Club Women’s Group and the Islampur Women Development Cooperative on rice seed production, processing, storage, and certification. The objective was to enable the participants to become master trainers who will coach new women trainers with less experience in quality rice seed production. 

The training was created with the help of several women-focused initiatives to provide women farmers with a conceptual and practical understanding of the various aspects of rice seed production, marketing, seed licensing, and seed registration. 

The participants also visited the seed conditioning system and lab equipment and received hands-on training in the use of power tillers in the field.

Because women are involved in rice production, training them is an effective way of developing entrepreneurship and promoting seed security. Building on this, IRRI initiated the Community-based Rice Seed Entrepreneurship Model (CBRSEM) in Bangladesh to develop their communication skills, social relationships, and decision-making abilities as well as rice production.  

CBRSEM helps women’s farming groups pool their resources and use their expertise to create resilient community-level seed systems that increase their access to quality seeds that lead to higher yield, better livelihood, and empowerment. A noteworthy accomplishment in the dissemination of better varieties through informal or semi-formal women-led social networks is the successful seed-production enterprises by women farmers’ organizations

Additionally, IRRI Bangladesh and complimenting initiatives will promote new varieties through farmer networks conduct seed production of promising varieties, and organize cluster demonstrations through women farmers' groups formed by IRRI's networking partners in Bangladesh. 

The activities are supported by the CGIAR Seed Equal Initiative and IRRI’s One Rice Breeding Strategy. 

For more information, please contact:

Muhammad Ashraful Habib is the Lead Specialist in seed System & Product Management at IRRI Bangladesh. Email:;  Md. Ahadat Hossain is a Field Technician Barisal region at IRRI Bangladesh. Dr. Swati Nayak is a Scientist and South Asia Lead for Seed Systems in IRRI and Global Lead for cereal seed systems in the CGIAR initiative, SeedEqual.


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Monday, January 8, 2024

IRRI and Thailand Rice Department collaborate to promote sustainable straw composting technology in country

To promote the mechanization of rice straw collection and handling in Thailand, the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) and Thailand Rice Department organized a training workshop and field demonstration on mechanized rice straw-based composting at Thailand Rice Science Institute (TRSI) in Suphanburi province, Thailand on 20 November 2023.

Tuesday, December 12, 2023

IRRI Seed Health and Logistics Unit Awareness Week highlights its critical role in the safe distribution of germplasm for R&D

The IRRI Seed Health and Logistics Unit (SHU) showcased its activities and available services involving the exchange of seed and non-seed biomaterials during its 2023 Awareness Week on November 24-30, 2023.

Thursday, December 7, 2023

IRRI collaborates with Chuka University to advance agricultural research in Kenya

In a bid to nurture the next generation of agricultural researchers, scientists from the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) and the management of Chuka University, Kenya discussed activities for advancing agricultural research on 20 November 2023.

Friday, December 1, 2023

Nepal’s stakeholders choose new rice varieties during the Farmer’s Field Day

Scientists and farmers in Nepal have identified promising new rice varieties that could significantly boost rice productivity and production in the country's diverse agroecologies. These new varieties, which were evaluated through participatory rice variety evaluation  through varietal cafeteria  conducted by the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) and the Nepal Agricultural Research Council (NARC), offer the potential to address Nepal's growing food security needs.