The Young Researchers' Lunch for October hosted Uma Shankar Singh, a plant pathologist and the South Asia Regional Coordinator of the Stress Tolerant Rice for Africa and South Asia (STRASA) Project on 23 October 2014. STRASA has successfully developed and delivered climate-smart rice varieties to millions of farmers in unfavorable rice-growing environments.
Dr. Singh discussed the challenges and successes with the dissemination of stress-tolerant varieties with participants Prasad Senadheera, Ebna Rashid, Julius Ver Sagun, and Walter Israel. He emphasized that the success of the project was partly because it allowed for flexibility in its strategies and shifted its approaches when original plans did not work. He also gave examples of how dynamic leaders can speed up project development.
The Young Researchers Lunch is a monthly meeting for NRS and AFSTRI scientists who are in the early stages of their career. The purpose is to provide an opportunity for discussions with senior scientists on a range of topics including science and career paths
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