Thursday, January 23, 2014

Former trustee visits IRRI

Sjarifudin Baharsjah, former chair of the IRRI Board of Trustees (BOT) chair and recent recipient of the 2013 Dioscoro L. Umali Award in agricultural development, was at IRRI on 17 January for a visit. [Photos]

Dr. Baharsjah received the Umali award on 16 January during a ceremony held in Makati, Philippines, hosted by the Dioscoro Luna Umali Foundation, the Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture, and the Philippines’ National Academy of Science and Technology.

H.E. Ade Petranto, charge d’affaires at the Indonesian Embassy, described Dr. Baharsjah’s achievements as a strong foundation for his country’s efforts toward a sustainable and secure domestic rice supply.“Considering the size of its population, Indonesia was able to maintain and sustain its rice stocks with very marginal importation from neighboring countries,” he said.

Dr. Baharsjah was minister of agriculture in Indonesia (1993-98) and was the first Indonesian elected as chair of the IRRI BOT (1996) and as independent chair of the Food and Agriculture Organization (1997).

He earned his masteral and doctoral degrees in agricultural economics at the University of Kentucky in Lexington (1965) and at the North Carolina State University in Raleigh (1974).

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