Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Laos: Workshop sums up impact of NRM technologies for rice

The impact of natural resource management technologies in rice production in Asia, as well as impact pathways, were consolidated in a workshop attended by 25 participants from Indonesia, Bangladesh, Vietnam, Laos, and the Philippines.

The four-day workshop-writeshop is the culminating activity of the social science group of the Irrigated rice Research Consortium (IRRC) and sought to document and compile lessons learned on the impact pathways and impacts of IRRC technologies on the lives of rice farmers, rice-farming households, and rice-based farming communities in Asia.

Three communication experts from the University of the Philippines Los BaƱos were invited to speak on the various aspects of writing and submitting a journal article. Throughout the course of the program, the author-participants had the opportunity to refine and improve their initial writeups, guided by the experts, during the hands-on writeshop exercises.

Florencia Palis, anthropologist at IRRI, emphasized the importance of documentation and publication, saying that "unless the research work is published, the research did not happen."

Grant Singleton, IRRC coordinator, shared publication advise from his own experiences in publishing his work.

The workshop-writeshop was held in Vientiane, Laos, on 16-19 November 2012. 

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