The IRRI India Office bid farewell M.S. Rao, who served as CEO for the CSISA Project until recently, with a lunch get-together on 30 January 2013.
CG Center representatives in New Delhi, IRRI staff, and colleagues of Mr. Rao in CSISA came to wish Mr. Rao and his wife well.
Norm Macdonald, IRRI deputy director general for management services, was visiting India at the time and also attended. He read a message for Mr. Rao on behalf of Robert Zeigler, IRRI director general, and presented a plaque of recognition.
J.K. Ladha, IRRI representative to India, lauded Mr. Rao's work during the early and crucial phases of the IRRI-led CSISA Project, stating that Mr. Rao’s private sector background helped CSISA forge partnerships with multi-locational and multi-sectoral organizations involved in agricultural development.
Mr. Rao, in turn, expressed hope that CSISA-promoted RCTs will make a greater impact on agriculture practices in farming communities.
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