(BOGOR, Indonesia, 19 September) - The International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) and its key partner in Indonesia, Badan Standardisasi Instrumen Pertanian Tanaman Pangan (BSIP TP), are committed to transforming rice farming through the enhancement of the Rice Crop Management (RCM) Indonesia platform, locally known as Layanan Konsultasi Padi (LKP). To measure the impact of RCM in Indonesia, a baseline survey will be conducted in West Java, South Sulawesi, and North Sumatera. As part of the preparations, a three-day training was conducted on 11 - 13 September to equip 24 BSIP TP staff and 8 IRRI Indonesia staff with a basic understanding of the concepts, processes, methods, and applications of monitoring, evaluation, learning and impact assessment (MELIA) in agricultural research, as well as full understanding and competency in using the LKP survey application for gathering baseline data.
Tuesday, September 19, 2023
Monday, September 18, 2023
Mechanized rice straw composting workshop promotes circular agriculture economy in Thua Thien Hue, Vietnam
(29 August, THUA THIEN HUE, VIETNAM) To promote a circular economy in agriculture through the recycling of rice straw as a renewable resource, the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI), in collaboration with the University of Agriculture and Forestry, Hue University (HUAF), conducted a workshop and field demonstration on mechanized rice straw composting on 29 August 2023 at the An Lo Agricultural Cooperative in Phong Dien District, Thua Thien Hue Province, Vietnam.
Friday, September 15, 2023
(Los Baños, PHILIPPINES, 13 September 2023) - The Institut de Recherche pour le Développement (IRD) and International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) conducted a hybrid seminar to update its stakeholders on ongoing research collaborations between the two organizations on 11 September 2023 at IRRI headquarters in the Philippines.
Monday, September 4, 2023
Can Tho City, Vietnam, 01 September 2023—The International Rice Research Institute (IRRI), in collaboration with Vietnam’s Institute of Policy and Strategy for Agriculture and Rural Development (IPSARD) and Department of Crop Production (DCP), conducted the Multi-stakeholder Dialogue on Carbon Markets in Agriculture Workshop on 24-25 August 2023.
Tuesday, August 29, 2023
(BOGOR, Indonesia) 24 August 2023 - The International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) and BSIP Food Crop have successfully conducted an online training program aimed at enhancing the capabilities of partners from BSIP in rainfed areas: North Sumatera and Central Java, and swampy areas: South Kalimantan, Central Kalimantan, and South Sumatera. This training focused on the Implementation of the Nutrient Omission Plot Technique (NOPT) and Layanan Konsultasi Padi (LKP) Trials, marking a significant step in advancing sustainable agricultural practices in rainfed and swampy ecosystems.
Wednesday, August 23, 2023
On 22 August 2023, the Risk Management Quality Assurance (RMQA) team of the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) held a seminar entitled “Pipette Calibration Standards and Practices”.
The recent excursion organized by the Association of Fellows, Scholars, Trainees, and Residents of IRRI (AFSTRI) marks a significant step in enriching scholars' perspectives on rice science and its cultural resonance. From August 18 to 21, 2023, AFSTRI orchestrated a captivating journey that encompassed the Philippine Rice Research Institute (PhilRice) in Nueva Ecija and the breathtaking Banaue Rice Terraces in Ifugao. This voyage was designed to provide scholars with an immersive understanding of rice science's multifaceted dimensions, combining rigorous laboratory exploration with a poignant cultural immersion.
Tuesday, August 15, 2023
Michael D. Purugganan, Silver Professor of Biology at New York University, provided insights on understanding the evolution of rice and integrating different scales of information in relation to genomics at the seminar to discuss selection on rice gene expression, inferring gene regulatory networks, and variation in 3D genomic architecture.
Wednesday, August 9, 2023
(UTTAR PRADESH, India, 8 August) - Uttar Pradesh Beej Nigam and the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) formed a partnership to expedite the production and distribution of high-yielding, climate-smart, and specialty rice varieties to bolster rice farming and productivity in the state.
(BOGOR, Indonesia, 8 August) – Badan Standarisasi Instrumen Pertanian (BSIP) South Kalimantan and BSIP South Sumatera conducted focus group discussions (FGD) and key informant Interview (KII) activities on 01 and 04 August, respectively, to enhance the digital agriculture tool Layanan Konsultasi Padi (LKP).
Tuesday, August 8, 2023
In a world where cross-cultural collaborations and cutting-edge innovations are paramount, one organization stands out as a symbol of diversity and excellence. The Association of Fellows, Scholars, Trainees, and Residents of IRRI (AFSTRI) recently launched its redesigned website that serves as a vibrant virtual hub bringing together individuals from diverse cultural backgrounds within the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI).
Thursday, August 3, 2023
The IRRI South Asia Regional Centre (ISARC) organised a two-day training session for farmers on greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, water-use efficiency, and soil health measurements in rice-based systems to make rice cultivation sustainable and increase yields and profitability of farmers.
Friday, July 28, 2023
Training women farmers in scientific fish farming to boost production and income in the Ganges Delta
Scientific fish farming is the key to enhancing the production efficiency of the aquaculture sector. However, in the Sundarbans Region in the Ganges Delta of West Bengal, India, fish farming practices are mostly traditional and labor intensive involving little pond management and feeding.
Monday, July 24, 2023
(BOGOR, Indonesia, 24 July) — The International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) took a significant step towards transforming rice farming in Indonesia with its Rice Crop Manager (RCM) Indonesia project through an online training program on the RCM Baseline Survey Questionnaire. The training, held on 20- 21 July via Zoom, aimed to equip 31 participants from both Badan Standarisasi Instrumen Pertanian (BSIP) and IRRI with the necessary skills to conduct a comprehensive baseline assessment to enhance dissemination and adoption.
CẦN THƠ, Vietnam (10 July 2023) – To develop value chain upgrading strategies for rice straw-based compost and biodegradable products in Vietnam, the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI), in cooperation with the Crop Production and Plant Protection Sub-department of Cần Thơ City, organized a Stakeholders’ Workshop.
Tuesday, July 18, 2023
IRRI Education, the educational arm of the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) in collaboration with the International Water Management Institute (IWMI) developed and launched a series of micromodules entitled “Empowering Agriculture using Solar Irrigation Resilience”.
In Assam State, India, agriculture is the backbone of the economy. The agro-climatic condition of Assam, with its highly fertile arable soils, abundant rainfall, and rich biodiversity favors the production of rice.
Wednesday, July 12, 2023
IRRI, BSMRAU, and BSA to launch seed certification course to enhance the quality and productivity of the agriculture sector in Bangladesh.
[Dhaka, 06/07/2023] – The International Rice Research Institute (IRRI), Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman Agriculture University (BSMRAU), and Bangladesh Seed Association (BSA) have entered into a strategic partnership to enhance the quality and productivity of the agriculture sector in Bangladesh.
Tuesday, July 11, 2023
LOS BAÑOS, Laguna - Dr. Torbert Rocheford, Professor and Patterson Endowed Chair in Translational Genomics for Crop Improvement in Purdue University, shared his expertise on “Biofortification Breeding for Higher ProVitamin A and Macular Carotenoids in Maize Globally for Improved Nutrition and Health’ on 6 July at the IRRI Headquarters, Philippines.
Thursday, June 29, 2023
IRRI conducts Enterprise Breeding System (EBS) Training towards increasing its adoption in South Asia
INDIA, Hyderabad (22 June 2023) – Recognizing the need to increase adoption of the Enterprise Breeding System (EBS) in South Asia, IRRI EBS Data Management Team conducted training among scientists, researchers, and technicians at the IRRI South Asia Hub, Hyderabad, India on 22-26 May 2023.
Tuesday, June 27, 2023
TANGAIL, Bangladesh (9 June 2023) – The Bangladesh Agricultural Development Corporation (BADC) and International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) jointly organized a training on rice seed production, processing, preservation, and marketing for dealers and seed growers at Tangail Bangladesh. BADC-registered members from across the value chain were invited to introduce new varieties of rice and discuss the production and development of quality seed through processing, preservation, and marketing so that they can be extension advisors within their farming communities or networks.
Friday, June 16, 2023
Nairobi, Kenya - The International Rice Research Institute (IRRI)'s Enterprise Breeding System (EBS) Data Management and Breeding Operations recently brought together scientists and researchers from various African nations for a comprehensive training program. The week-long training focused on modern breeding strategies and the utilization of EBS concepts and tools in East and Southern Africa (ESA). Participants from Tanzania, Kenya, Mozambique, Burundi, Malawi, Madagascar, and Ethiopia attended the event, representing agricultural research institutions in their respective countries.
Wednesday, June 14, 2023
The Zeigler Experiment Station (ZES) conducted its annual Refresher Training Course on Safe Operation & Maintenance of Farm Machinery for 2 half-days on May 16-17. This training course aimed to equip ZES operators and mechanics with the proper understanding of safety in operation and regular maintenance of farm machinery (e.g., tractors, implements, combine harvesters, etc) was attended by thirteen (13) ZES staff. Mr. Caling Balingbing of the Postharvest and Mechanization team under the Sustainable Impact for Rice-based Systems Platform served as a resource person.
Wednesday, June 7, 2023
The Rice Crop Manager (RCM) Indonesia Project funded by the Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (MAFRA) of the Republic of Korea aims to increase the incomes and yields of Indonesian rice farmers and contribute to the Indonesian government's goals for rural prosperity, food security, environmental sustainability and climate mitigation and adaptation through the development and dissemination of RCM.
West Java rice farmers and extension staff take part in discussion for improving Rice Crop Manager adoption
Indramayu, West Java – The Rice Crop Manager (RCM) Indonesia Project conducted a focus group discussion (FGD) and key informant interviews (KIIs) to understand the current capacities and constraints of farmers and extension workers regarding RCM on 25 May in West Java.
Sunday, May 21, 2023
The IRRI South Asia Hub at Hyderabad organized multiple sessions to strengthen the capacities of its rice breeding networks from 5th to 10th April 2023. The first event, the strategic planning workshop for Hybrid Rice Adoption was organized on 5th April in Hyderabad at the ICRISAT Campus in Hyderabad. The global hybrid rice adoption is progressing at a very slow pace, and in India, the adoption is still limited to a few specific regions. To address this issue, policymakers, hybrid rice scientists, and critical stakeholders convened to identify and overcome the challenges hindering widespread adoption.
Wednesday, May 17, 2023
Odisha, INDIA (15 May 2023)- In collaboration with the Government of Odisha, the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) launched a participatory study on the cooking characteristics and sensory attributes of rice varieties on 10 May 2023 in Bargarh. The activity aims to help the participants assess the taste, texture, aroma, and appearance of rice varieties.
A total of 56 participants attended the cooking quality test, including men and women farmers from Odisha, local government members, village heads, district and Agriculture District Officer, Bargarh, Bijay Kumar Pattnayak; Deputy Project Director, Agriculture Technology Management Agency, Rabinarayan Senapati, and Assistant Agriculture Officer, Ms. Jyotsnamayee.
In 2022, IRRI conducted varietal cafeterias and on-farm trials to evaluate and validate the performance of a large number of newly released rice varieties through the National Breeding Program. Several varieties (25–30 novel products) were subjected to a thorough participatory evaluation and measurement in order to generate performance-based rankings. These classifications were based on the yield, yield-related parameters, and other observable characteristics of the rice plant.
To advance the result of the on-farm trials, the IRRI Seed System team, led by Dr. Swati Nayak, Mosharaf Hossain, and Dillip Kumar Rout, conceptualized a “new” experiment to assess various rice characteristics that define overall cooking quality, such as overall flavor, stickiness, elongation, water absorption, cooking time, aroma, and texture.
These are the characteristics, which cannot be measured or evaluated on-farm, require a more thorough evaluation following the harvesting and milling of cereals because they are essential for farm households to determine whether or not to adopt a variety and use it for their own consumption or for sale.
Several characteristics have the potential to generate “perception” barriers among farmers, including women in agricultural households because cooking quality-related characteristics can be influenced by cultural preferences. Moreover, the said characteristics can affect consumers' willingness to purchase and the necessary demand triggers among local market actors (millers, wholesalers, and retailers).
The team believes that it is critical to evaluate these cooking characteristics with the local farmers in order to obtain evidence, perception, and demand that go beyond laboratory-based grain quality analysis.
Under the close supervision of Mosharaf Hossain and Dillip Kumar Rout, and with the assistance of Sudam Sahu and Shantunu Dash, coordinators of Agrani Janakalyan Anusthan, ten of the highest-performing varieties from the previous year’s varietal trials and cafeterias were selected for the experiment.
Ten women farmers from the Maa Kaveri Women Self-Help Group from Ainlapli Village, urban and rural consumers were chosen to take part in a cooking quality evaluation.
Some of the results of the study include DRR Dhan 47 took the least time to cook while Zinco Rice MS and Uttarsona took the longest time. DRR Dhan 48 had very good elongation, good grain separation, and less stickiness. NLR 3354 also had good elongation. Zinco Rice MS was also reported to have more stickiness than the others.
Many of these varieties are already under evaluation through laboratory analysis for trait validations, which will provide comprehensive feedback to the breeders.
"With the immense support of the Government of Odisha, this type of research can generate a very strong impact loop for the acceptance and adoption of a variety in both the seed chain and the grain markets,” said Dr. Nayak, IRRI’s South Asia Lead for Seed Systems. “It is vital that farmer households’ and consumers' perceptions of cooking quality be taken into account during variety testing and evaluation systems.”
This advanced research, which extends the impact of IRRI's successful on-farm testing models ("lab-to-farm"), has now developed an initial "farm-to-consumer" roadmap to improve the impact of its breeding program.
Following the success and attention it gained from the local stakeholders and leaders, the IRRI Seed System team plans to scale this participatory approach to other locations in India.
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VARANASI, India (16 May 2023) – A delegation from the Bangladesh Agricultural Development Corporation (BADC) visited the IRRI South Asia Regional Centre (ISARC), Varanasi to harness IRRI’s knowledge and experiences in modern rice research. This visit featured demonstrations and interactions around IRRI’s latest developments in rice technologies such as varietal development and testing protocols, quality seed production, varietal positioning methods, value chain propositions, and post-production practices. Prior to visiting ISARC, the group had a three-day exposure visit in Odisha where they learned about the progress of IRRI in rice-based agri-food systems.
VARANASI, India (16 May 2023) – A three-day visit for senior scientists and extension personnel from Assam Agricultural University (AAU) was organized at the IRRI South Asia Regional Centre (ISARC), Varanasi on May 11-13. The visit aimed to foster learning opportunities and strengthen existing linkages related to ongoing interventions of the Assam Agribusiness and Rural Transformation (APART) Project. The delegates from AAU engaged with ISARC scientists and discussed recent trends in precision agriculture, geographic information systems (GIS), mechanization, postharvest management, and seed systems. The delegation team included different Heads of the Department of AAU, scientists, and heads of Krishi Vigyan Kendras of Assam.
Monday, May 15, 2023
The Indonesian Center for Food Crops Instruments Standardization (ICFCIS) and International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) conducted an online training on on-farm trials to help upgrade algorithms and guidelines for effective fertilizer management for rice farmers of Indonesia on 11-12 April 2023. The activity trained the participants on Nutrient Omission Plot Technique (NOPT) and Rice Crop Manager (RCM) evaluation trials as part of the capacity-building activities of the RCM-Indonesia Project funded by MAFRA, Republic of Korea.
Tuesday, May 9, 2023
To discuss opportunities and challenges of using the rice fallows in Assam, the Assam Agriculture University (AAU) and International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) organized a workshop on "System intensification and harnessing rice fallows in Assam" under the Assam Agribusiness and Rural Transformation Project (APART) on 6 May 2023 at the Assam Administrative Staff College, Guwahati, India.
Tuesday, May 2, 2023
To provide technical support on identifying climate risks and adaptation planning using participatory approaches, the CGIAR Initiative on Asian Mega-Deltas (AMD) conducted a training workshop on Climate-Smart Mapping and Adaptation Planning (CS-MAP) for national and local research partners in Bangladesh. The CS-MAP will support strategic planning and investments in Khulna, Barishal, and Chattogram Divisions.
Wednesday, April 26, 2023
The IRRI South Asia Regional Centre (ISARC) successfully concluded the ISARC Coordination Committee (ICC) Meeting last April 20 in Varanasi. IRRI leaders, along with government partners took stock of project activities and lessons learned over the past year to carve a new strategic path for the Government of India and ISARC for the next five years. Dr. Jean Balié, Director General, International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) appreciated the cooperation of the Government of India and assured the active participation of the ISARC in this renewed alignment. Dr. Sudhanshu Singh, Director, ISARC shared a detailed update on successful ISARC-led research and training activities and also presented specific activities for future plans in view of IRRI’s mission to uplift the lives of farmers from the South Asia region. Dr. Ajay Kohli and other members of the ISARC Coordination Committee from India, Bangladesh, and Nepal also participated in the meeting.
Present in the meeting were Dr. Jean Balié, Director General, IRRI, the chairperson of the ISARC Coordination Committee; Ms. Wahida Akter, Secretary, Ministry of Agriculture, Government of Bangladesh; Dr. Ram Krishna Shrestha, Joint Secretary (Agri Development), Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock Development, Government of Nepal; Dr. T R Sharma, DDG - Crop Sciences, ICAR; Mr. M P Yadav, National Seed Research and Training Centre (NSRTC); Dr. Paresh Verma, Director Research of Shriram Bioseed Genetics India; and Dr. Sudhanshu Singh, Director, ISARC.
The ISARC Coordination Committee meeting was also attended by Dr. Shahjahan Kabir, Director General, Bangladesh Rice Research Institute (BRRI); Mr. P.C. Peiris, DG (Agri. Tech) Sri Lanka; and Dr. Humnath Bhandari, IRRI Representative Bangladesh as the special guests. Mr. Manoj Ahuja, Secretary, the Department of Agriculture and Farmers’ Welfare, who also co-chairs the ISARC Coordination Committee and Dr. Devesh Chaturvedi, Additional Chief Secretary, Government of Uttar Pradesh joined online.
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Tuesday, April 25, 2023
The International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) Vietnam and Can Tho Subdivision of Crop Production and Plant Protection organized a site visit for the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation, State Secretariat for Economic Affairs, and GIZ delegates to observe rice straw management technology at the New Green Farm Cooperative.
The International Rice Research Institute (IRRI), through the Market Intelligence Initiative (MII), conducted a successful online training titled "Knowledge transfer on survey app building and implementation” among IRRI’s network of National Agricultural Research and Extension Systems (NARES) partners in the East African region. Two half-day online sessions were given on the 22nd and 24th of March 2023, participated by 118 participants from the region.
Thursday, April 20, 2023
To provide a platform for knowledge sharing and discussion on carbon credits, the Institute of Policy and Strategy for Agriculture and Rural Development (IPSARD) of Vietnam, with support from the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI), organized a hybrid event in Hanoi titled ‘Short-term operating procedure for engaging in carbon credit projects in the agriculture sector in Vietnam’.
In his opening message, Dr. Tran Cong Thang, director of IPSARD, and Dr. Bjoern Ole Sander, lead climate change scientist of IRRI, emphasized the goal of the workshop, sharing that it aims to “create opportunities where stakeholders could initiate discussion about developing the policy framework for carbon markets in agriculture for Vietnam.”
Monday, April 10, 2023
To streamline and strengthen the Research Initiatives, the Seed Equal and Market Intelligence Initiatives of OneCGIAR hosted a reflection and planning workshop from 13-17 March 2023 at the ILRI Campus in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. The five-day event brought together representatives from various CGIAR centers, the Systems Office, NARES partners, universities, and private sector partners. As part of the “reflect process” in CGIAR annual reporting, the meeting aimed to identify the lessons learned from 2022, set the objectives and expectations in 2023 in terms of outputs and impact, achieve integration between the two Initiatives, and promote scientific exchange.
One of the goals of Seed Equal for 2023 is to develop strong impact assessment strategies for the Genetic Innovation (GI) Action Area. For Market Intelligence, there is a plan to operationalize the Global Market Intelligence Platform (GloMIP), which will become the priority-setting information hub for GI by integrating three levels of prioritization: global, market segment, and breeding pipeline. Both efforts are anticipated to support adoption amongst stakeholders and increase the services’ value to users.
At the reflective workshop, the group identified touchpoints between both Initiatives and was able to synchronize their strategies for targeting and prioritizing activities.
The overall goal of the CGIAR Initiatives is to create a real, lasting, and positive impact in 5 key areas: climate change and mitigation; environmental health and biodiversity; gender equality, youth, and social inclusion; nutrition, health, and food security; and poverty reduction, livelihoods, and jobs. Through cooperation, the Initiatives are positioned to contribute to the achievement of Sustainable Development Goals.
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Wednesday, April 5, 2023
VARANASI, India (29 March 2023) - The International Rice Research Institute - South Asia Regional Centre (IRRI-SARC) and Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) organized a capacity development program on grain quality analysis at the IRRI-SARC from March 29-31. In this program, a total of 21 scientists from IRRI, the National Rice Research Institute, Indian Agricultural Research Institute, and Odisha Agricultural and Technical University discussed various aspects related to paddy cultivation, yield, and grain quality, among other IRRI technologies.
Wednesday, March 15, 2023
The Annual Advancement Meeting of AGGRi Network Trials (ANT) 2023 was held from 11-12 March 2023 in Dhaka, Bangladesh. Since rice is the life of Bangladesh, the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) has played a significant role for the last six decades to improve rice research in the country. IRRI has been assisting Bangladesh in developing superior and high-yielding rice varieties by identifying novel breeding lines adapted to Bangladesh's diverse environmental conditions. Therefore, assisting farmers in boosting their production and enhancing the food security of the country. Implementing the AGGRi (Accelerated Genetic Gain in Rice) Network project stimulates the existing and new IRRI-NARES breeding networks to jointly develop sustainable breeding strategies based on carefully considered and agreed on product profiles for the replacement of old mega varieties within a target environment or market segment.
Monday, March 13, 2023
The Bangladesh Rice Research Institute (BRRI) in Gazipur hosted a workshop on 06-05 March to highlight the achievements of the Transforming Rice Breeding (TRB) project that aims to increase the rate of genetic gain for yield and improve the effectiveness and efficiency of breeding operations.
Wednesday, March 1, 2023
Soil is one of the planet's great reservoirs of vast biodiversity. It provides a habitat for plants, animals, and microorganisms and acts as a buffer against pollutants that safeguards the purity of groundwater. Additionally, because of the massive amounts of carbon, it collects and stores, the soil is essential in combating climate change and mitigating its impacts.
The Bangladesh Seed Association (BSA), the apex body of several formal and informal seed associations engaged in seed production and distribution successfully organized the Bangladesh Seed Congress on 11-13 February 2023 in Dhaka.
Monday, February 20, 2023
15 February 2023, ISARC, Varanasi - As a part of the ongoing collaboration between IRRI and Bihar Agriculture University (BAU) under the Climate Resilient Agriculture (CRA) Initiative of Government of Bihar, a three day capacity development training program centered around rice production practices was conducted at the IRRI South Asia Regional Center (ISARC), Varanasi from 9th-11th February 2023.
Wednesday, February 15, 2023
Promoting science-based nutrient management system for achieving sustainable food systems in the Indo-Gangetic Plains
Tuesday, February 14, 2023
The International Rice Research Institute, together with the Philippine Department of Agriculture- Philippine Rice Research Institute (PhilRice) and the University of the Philippines Los Baños (UPLB), organized the OneRicePH validation workshop last January 31 to February 2, 2023 in Los Baños, Laguna. The activity entitled, “Stakeholders’ Workshop on Validation of Market Segments for Selected Priority Provinces”, aimed to validate the results of OneRicePH’s Module 1 baseline data collected, where all aspects of rice from production to market are identified and prioritized.