Our history

  IRRI has had a long and lustrous history that spans some 54 years. Since its inception, IRRI has provided a home to innovative scientists who had made it their lives' work to reduce poverty through rice research. Significant advancements in rice science and technologies would not have been possible had it not been for IRRI's commitment.

IRRI DGs 1960-2006

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  • Higamot Hill 1960 before leveling begins to make way for Chandler, Harrar, and Hill Halls.
  • Higamot Hill 1962 with the finished Chandler, Harrar, and Hill Halls.
  • Higamot hill today.

Below is a growing collection of IRRI’s milestones from 1959 to 2014. Also access a set of 122 videos, which includes more than 11 hours of historical clips and excerpts from the IRRI Pioneer Interview series by IRRI historian Gene Hettel. 

9 June 1959
Rockefeller and Ford Foundation representatives discuss the feasibility of establishing IRRI and its possible location at the University of the Philippines at Los Baños.
27 September 1959
Robert F. Chandler, Jr., arrives as IRRI’s first director general. 
9 December 1959
A Memorandum of Understanding is signed in New York that establishes IRRI “as an organization to do basic research on the rice plant and applied research on all phases of rice production, management, distribution and utilization.” 
8 March 1960
IRRI’s Articles of Incorporation are approved by the Philippine Securities and Exchange Commission. 
13 April 1960
The IRRI Board of Trustees gets together for the first time, chaired by J. George Harrar to kick off a 3-day meeting.
14 April 1960
IRRI is officially organized as the bylaws are adopted and approved in Manila, Philippines.
15 April 1960
The IRRI Program Committee meets for the first time. 
25 April 1960
A copy of the land title, in the name of the University of the Philippines (purchased through a Ford Foundation grant), for 37.63 hectares of experimental land, is delivered to IRRI management; Certificate of Registration #265, certifying that IRRI is registered as a "trust for charitable uses," is issued by the Philippine Office of the Insurance Commissioner.
30 April 1960
University of the Philippines President Vicente Guzman Sinco signs a lease for all the University-owned land made available to IRRI for both buildings and experimental fields.
7 September 1960
Higamot Hill awaits leveling to make way for construction of the first buildings of IRRI on the campus of University of the Philippines Los Baños (see photo montage above). 
4 January 1961
Construction of the first eight units of IRRI staff housing begins.
15 January 1961
Construction of Administration Building (Chander Hall), Laboratory Building (Hill Hall), and Cafeteria-Dormitory Building (Harrar Hall) begins.
1 June 1961
Sterling Wortman initiates the world rice germplasm collection at IRRI.
31 July 1961
IRRI closes its first offices located in the Trinity Building in Manila and opens a new office in the Manila Hotel. IRRI Director General Robert F. Chandler moves his office from Manila to the new Los Baños headquarters, temporarily in the Service Building.
October 1961
Peter Jennings, IRRI's first rice breeder, and T.T. Chang, the Institute's first geneticist, arrive. Read Robert Chandler's account of their arrival and their roles in the breeding of IR8.
31 October 1961
U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Orville Freeman visits IRRI. 
12 November 1961
James Moomaw, IRRI's first agronomist, arrives. Read Robert Chandler's account of his arrival
7 February 1962
Philippine President and Mrs. Diosdado Macapagal and Mr. and Mrs. John D. Rockefeller III attend the formal dedication of IRRI as an institution.
9 February 1962
Robert Chandler, F.F. Hill, and J.G. Harrar attend a breakfast at Malacanang Palace in honor of Mr. and Mrs. John D. Rockefeller III.
10 March 1962
Construction of the multi-purpose Service Building is completed. 
1 April 1962
IRRI's first plant physiologist, Akira Tanaka, arrives.
24 May 1962
The first crop of IRRI's Maximum Yield Experiment is seeded. Later called the Long-Term Continuous Cropping Experiment (LTCCE) and growing three consecutive crops annually during most years, it is to become the longest-running field trial on rice in the world. Read Rice Today feature about the experiment | View 4:43 YouTube video description | View 2:20 timelapse across two seasons | View 8:01 ceremonial harvest during IRRI's 50th anniversary celebration
30 August 1962
Philanthropist Laurance Spelman Rockefeller, son of John D., visits IRRI. 
23 November 1962
Princess (later Queen) Beatrix of Netherlands visits IRRI. 
4 February 1963
The first IRRI symposium (5 days) opens, covering the subjects of rice genetics and cytogenetics. The event marks the first get-together in history for the world’s experts in genetics and cytogenetics.
7 April 1963
Forrest "Frosty" Hill, Ford Foundation vice president of overseas development and co-founder of IRRI, suceeds George Harrar as the Institute's second BOT chair, a post he would hold for the next 15 years. View 3:43 YouTube video of daughter Peggy Hill reminiscing about her father.
10 July 1963
His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej and Her Majesty Queen Sirikit of Thailand visit IRRI.
20 September 1963
The International Bibliography of Rice Research is first published. 
17 October 1963
Hank Beachell, IRRI's second rice breeder arrives. Read Robert Chandler's account of his arrival and his role in the breeding of IR8.
30 March 1966
IR8 is included for the first time in the plantings of the Long-Term Continuous Cropping Experiment (LTCCE), in which it produces the best yields across all varieties and lines being evaluated.
14 September 1966
At a White House dinner in honor of Philippine President Ferdinand Marcos, U.S. President Lyndon B. Johnson, says of IRRI: "The dramatic work of the International Rice Research Institute, which is located in your country, is proving that our capacity for discovery is really unbounded. Read more 
26 October 1966
U.S. President Lyndon B. Johnson visits IRRI to see especially IR8 growing in the field. View 1:48 YouTube video that includes the inspirational closing of his speech | Read full text of LBJ's remarks
29 November 1966
IRRI officially announces the name of its first rice variety, IR8. IR8 was to tropical rices what the Model T Ford was to automobiles… a rugged variety that could go almost anywhere, View a feature on IR8 that appeared in Rice Today magazine.
5 June 1967
IRRI kicks off its first 6-month international rice production training course with 35 participants from 6 countries. 
12 August 1967
John D. Rockefeller III visits IRRI to see for himself the miracle rice, IR8. See photo in Rice Today article.
8 April 1968
The first week-long International Rice Research Conference (IRRC) begins at IRRI.
18 April 1968
Because he was so impressed with the performance of the rice variety that ushered in the Green Revolution, Indian farmer K.N. Ganesan names his newborn son IR8--IR-ettu in Tamil. 
23-25 April 1969
Robert Chandler attends the Bellagio I Meeting in Italy as part of a delegation of 15 national and international donor organizations. This 3-day meeting started a series of conferences that resulted in the formation of the CGIAR.
31 August 1969
IRRI receives the Ramon Magsaysay Award for International Understanding
31 December 1969
U.S. Vice President Spiro Agnew visits the Institute.
5 March 1970
With a devaluation of the peso against the dollar, national staff go on a 1-day strike to request a salary increase and to be paid in dollars. A modest salary increase is granted, but not the request to be paid in dollars. 
9 April 1970
UN Secretary General U. Thant visits IRRI.
24 May 1971
IRRI announces the naming of its fifth variety, IR24.
6 September 1971
A 5-day rice breeding symposium kicks of at IRRI, which is billed as providing the most comprehensive treatment of rice breeding activities in major rice-producing countries of the world.
18 April 1972
The Institute begins a week-long 10th anniversary celebration attended by Ralph Cummings, Sr. who would on 1 June 1972 become IRRI's second director general for a brief 4-month period before becoming the first director general of ICRISAT. The year 1972 is the 10th anniversary of the start of IRRI's research program. In subsequent celebrations of IRRI's founding, the date will be set from 1960, the year of the Institute's first Board Meeting.
20 April 1972
Sterling Wortman, A. Colin McLung, Hank Beachell, Jose Drilon, Forrest Hill and Robert Chandler, IRRI's so-called "Magnificent Seven", gather during IRRI's 10th anniversary celebration.
31 May 31 1972
Chandler Hall (at the time housing Administrative offices, the Library, and Communication and Publications Services) is dedicated. 
1 June 1972
Ralph W. Cummings, Sr. , arrives as IRRI’s second director general, but departs in September to become the first director general of ICRISAT
1 July 1973
Nyle C. Brady arrives as IRRI’s third director general. 
10 April 1974
US Secretary of Agriculture Earl Butz visits IRRI.
23 September 1974
The IRRI phytotron, a gift of the Government of Australia, is dedicated.
3 April 1975
The Maitim Bridge is opened for access to new experimental farm land.
12 April 1975
Romanian President and Mrs. Nicolae Ceausescu visit IRRI.
2 March 1976
IRRI holds its first official Employees Recognition Day.
27 September 1976
The largest addition to IRRI’s research and training operation, the Laboratory and Training Conference Center, and the D.L. Umali Laboratory (housing entomology, plant pathology, and computer services) are dedicated. 
1 October 1976
The first issue of the International Rice Research Newsletter (IRRN) is distributed to rice scientists worldwide. 
10 October 1976
An IRRI group led by Director General Nyle Brady travels to China for a 3-week trip that takes them to most of the institutions conducting rice research as well as rice-growing communes where they interview actual farmers. Others in the group are economist Randy Barker, agronomist S.K. De Datta, breeder G.S.Khush, and pathologist S.H. Ou.
1 January 1977
The Philippines becomes a member of the Consultative Group on International Rice Research Institute (CGIAR).
12 March 1977
Forrest F. Hill Laboratory (now housing Administrative offices) is formally dedicated. 
12 December 1977
The Genetic Resources Laboratory is formally dedicated. 
13 March 1978
Li Hsien-nien, vice premier of the People’s Republic of China, visits IRRI.
19 April 1979
IRRI's status, prerogatives, and privileges as an international organization in the Philippines is enacted as PD (presidential decree) 1620.
10 September 1979
The USSR’s All-Union Academy for Agricultural Research in Krasnodar and IRRI sign a Memorandum of Agreement for scientific and technical cooperation. 
21 April 1980
As part of IRRI's 20th anniversary celebration, Harrar Hall (housing Food and Housing Services, cafeteria, and the mail and radio rooms) is dedicated in honor of J. George Harrar of the Rockefeller Foundation who developed the concept of an international center in Asia devoted to rice.
4 May 1980
B.S. Vergara, IRRI plant physiologist, receives the Philippine’s Pro Patria Medal.
30 January 1981
Principles and practices of rice production is published by John Wiley and Sons, Inc., the first of many IRRI books picked up by reputable science publishers in the coming years.
26 May 1981
Sterling Wortman, 58, who co-founded IRRI, passes away in Greenwich, Connecticut.
24 October 1981
The N.C. Brady Laboratory (housing social sciences, plant breeding and genetics, and the Genetic Resources Center) is dedicated to IRRI’s 3rd Director General (1973-81). View YouTube video by Klaus Lampe referring to this.
1 April 1982
M.S. Swaminathan arrives as IRRI’s fourth director general.
12 April 1982
One hundred and twenty-five tons of Korean rice seeds grown in the Philippines are airlifted to Korea.
18 April 1982
J. George Harrar, Rockefeller Foundation official who conceived IRRI, passes away in Scarsdale, New York.
5 May 1982
IRRI co-sponsors the first International Agricultural Research Center (IARC) book exhibition in China.
16 October 1982
Philippine President Ferdinand Marcos visits IRRI to give an address on World Food Day.
19 October 1982
IRRI receives the first biennial King Baudouin International Agricultural Research Award of the CGIAR for its development of IR36.
6 December 1982
N.C. Brady, former IRRI director general, receives the Philippine Golden Heart Presidential Award. 
15 January 1983
Canadian Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau visits IRRI.
10 April 1983
Premier Zhao Ziyang, People’s Republic of China, presents IRRI with the 1982 Third World Prize.
23 July 23 1983
James Curtis Moomaw, IRRI's first agronomist (1961-69), passes away. He established IRRI's long-term cropping experiment in 1963, which continues to this day. Read his wife Carolyn's account of the experience of being an IRRI rice widow.
23 April 1984
IRRI kicks off a 5-day inter-center seminar on International Agricultural Research Centers (IARCs) and Biotechnology to bring together crop breeders to look at the potential of this very young science. View proceedings
27 April 1984
The Electron Microscope Facility is dedicated.
27 May 1985
IRRI kicks off the first of four symposiums over the next 2 weeks to commemorate its 25th anniversary: the International Rice Genetics Symposium (IRGS), the International Rice Research Conference (IRRC), the 25th Anniversary Symposium, and the FAO International Rice Commission (IRC) meeting. It is also the 1st day of issue in the Philippines for IRRI's 25th anniversary postage stamps | Read Impact of Science on Rice (on the occasion of IRRI’s 25 anniversary) | Read the book, International Rice Research: 25 years of Partnership
5 November 1985
With encouragement from IRRI, the Philippines founds the Philippine Rice Research Institute (PhilRice)
22 January 1986
The Macro-microphotography Laboratory is dedicated.
16 April 1986
M.S. Swaminathan, IRRI director general, is given the Krishi Ratna Award by India’s President Giani Zail Singh.
13 June 1986
A.U. Khan, IRRI agricultural engineer, receives the International Inventor’s Award for Industry from King Carl Gustaf of Sweden at ceremonies held in Stockholm. 
12 July 1986
D.L. Umali, IRRI’s part-time liaison scientist for China, is conferred the rank and title of National Scientist of the Philippines by President Corazon C. Aquino.
15 October 1986
As part of her visit to IRRI during World Food Day, Philippine President Corazon C. Aquino dedicates IRRI’s new Biotechnology and Seed Health Building to the rice scientists and farmers of the world. View YouTube video.
17 October 1986
R.F. Chandler, Jr., IRRI’s first director general, receives the US Presidential End Hunger Award in Washington, DC.
15 December 1986
S.K. De Datta, principal scientist and head of IRRI’s Agronomy Department, receives the first International Soil Science Award from the Soil Science Society of America. 
14 January 1987
IRRI's Makati office transfers to the 20th floor of the BPI Family Bank Center.
14 April 1987
H.M. Beachell, former IRRI plant breeder, and G.S. Khush, head of IRRI’s Plant Breeding Department, share the Japan Prize in Tokyo.
5 February 1987
IRRI, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and the Indian National Science Academy kick off a 3-day symposium in New Delhi on Climate Variability and Food Security, a couple of decades before climate change became the "buzz word" that it is today. View proceeedings.
25 May 1987
IRRI and the International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT) in Mexico jointly receive the USAID-US National Research Council Science and Technology Development Award. 
6 October 1987
The First World Food Prize is awarded to M.S. Swaminathan, IRRI director general, in Washington, DC.
16 October 1987
Swaminathan Hall (housing IPMO and the Training Center) is dedicated. 
10 November 1987
President Corazon C. Aquino presents the Golden Heart Presidential Award to M.S. Swaminathan, IRRI director general. 
21 December 1987
M.S. Swaminathan Hall (housing the Training Center) is formally dedicated (plaque photo).
1 February 1988
K.L. Lampe arrives as IRRI’s fifth director general.
12 March 1988
T.T. Chang, IRRI principal scientist, and with P.R. Jennings, former IRRI rice breeder, share the Rank Prize for Agronomy and Nutrition. 
7 June 1988
Robert F. Chandler, Jr. , IRRI’s first director general, receives the 1988 World Food Prize. View YouTube video on the occasion of Dr. Chandler receiving this award.
14 July 1988
Thomas Hargrove, head of Communication and Publications Services, receives the Professional Award and the Award of Excellence in International Affairs from the Agricultural Communicators in Education (ACE). 
20 October 1988
IRRI co-founder Forrest "Frosty" Hill passes away. View 3:43 YouTube video of daughter Peggy Hill reminiscing about her father.
5 January 1989
Hubert G. Zandstra, former director, Agriculture, Food, and Nutrition Science Division,International Research Development Centre, Canada, arrives as IRRI's deputy director for research.
10 January 1989
Members of the German parliament visit IRRI.
25 April 1989
Gurdev S. Khush, IRRI breeder, is elected Foreign Associate, US National Academy of Science.
16 October 1989
K.J. Lampe, IRRI director general, accepts Indonesia’s Bintang Jasa Utama, or Highest Merit Award during the World Food Day ceremonies in Wonogiri, Central Java. 
14 May 1990
The 2nd International Rice Genetics Symposium (Rice Genetics II) begins, attracting 300 scientists from 24 countries. 
1 August 1990
IRRI donates 10 tons of rice to the Philippine government through Secretary of Agriculture Senen Bacani to help victims of the earthquake in the Philippines on 25 July 1990. 
20 September 1990
During IRRI’s 30th anniversary celebration, founding Director General Robert Chandler recognizes 21 pioneer staff members currently serving the Institute at the time. 
1 October 1990
HRH Prince Richard, the Duke of Gloucester, visits IRRI.
5 April 1991
M.S. Swaminathan, former IRRI director general, receives the Tyler Prize for Environmental Achievement.
10 May 1991
Fire breaks out and severely damages the 30-year-old Chandler Hall, which houses administration, the Library, and Communcation and Publications Servces. 
1 July 1991
Michael Jackson arrives as the first head of IRRI's Genetic Resources Center (GRC).
29 August 1991
HRH Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhom of Thailand visits IRRI to witness the signing of a Thailand-IRRI Memorandum of Understanding for regional research on deepwater rice.
15 November 1991
M.S. Swaminathan, former IRRI director general, is awarded the 1991 Honda Prize in Tokyo.
9 April 1992
IRRI names new US$4.9 million biofertilizer laboratoryfor Kenzo Hemmi, an outstanding Japanese agriculturist.
1 January 1993
The Asian Rice Biotechnology Research Network (ARBN) is established.
6 May 1993
M. LaRue Pollard, IRRI editor in Communication and Publications Services, wins the 1993 International Award of Excellence from the Agricultural Communicators in Education (ACE) in the United States.
31 August 1993
Vo-Tong Xuan, IRRI Board member and former research fellow, wins the prestigious Ramon Magsaysay Award for government service.  
17 September 1993
The D.L. Umali Laboratory is dedicated; among those present are Philippine Senate President Eguardo Angara, IRRI Board Chair Walter Falcon, IRRI Director General Klaus Lampe, and Dr. Umali's widow, Zenaida Umali.
28 October 1993
Philippine President Fidel V. Ramos visits IRRI to open the third session of the Environmental Committee of the International Federation of Agricultural Producers.
1 May 1994
Rice is featured prominently in the May issue of National Geographic, featuring a significant portion of IRRI’s work.
6 May 1994
 The Friendship Order of the Vietnamese Government is awarded to IRRI during the Vietnam-IRRI Rice Conference. View proceedings of this conference.
18 August 1994
The massive 7.5-ton MOMI sculpture of renowned Japanese artist Mitsuaki Tanabe is unveiled at the future site of the IRRI Riceworld Museum. View photos on Flickr.
22 September 1994
IRRI Riceworld, a visitor and learning center located in Chandler Hall, opens its doors.
December 26, 1994
Time Magazine selects IRRI’s new rice plant type as one of the five best environment stories of 1994.
13 February 1995
Philippine President Fidel V. Ramos opens the International Rice Research Conference, Fragile lives in fragile ecosystems.
9 March 1995
Gurdev Khush, IRRI principal plant breeder, is elected a Fellow of the Royal Society (London).
3 April 1995
George Rothschild arrives as IRRI’s sixth director general.
19 May 1995
(1) IRRI is recognized as an international organization through an international agreement signed by Philippine President F.V. Ramos and representatives of 10 countries; (2) President Ramos confers the Golden Heart Presidential Award on K.J. Lampe, former IRRI director general. 
2 June 1995
Rudy Aquino, IRRI senior assistant scientist, is named one of “20 great Asians” by Asiaweek Magazine
16 July 1995
IRRI's Communication and Publications Services wins the Gold Award and the Outstanding Professional Skill Award in the area of Graphic Design for a set of posters depicting rice activities including planting, harvesting, and distributing at the annual international ACE Conference in Burlington, Vermont, USA.
13 September 1995
More than 600 farmers attend the first Farmers’ Day, which is held at IRRI as part of the Institute’s 35th Anniversary celebration.
14 September 1995
The K.J. Lampe Laboratory (housing the transgenic greenhouse) is dedicated to IRRI's 5th Director General, K.J. Lampe (1988-95).
16 October 1995
The 3rd International Rice Genetics Symposium (Rice Genetics III) begins in Manila, attracting around 500 scientists from around the world.
3 November 1995
Super Typhoon Rosing inflicts considerable damage to infrastructure at IRRI headquarters.
10 March 1996
The Cabinet of Philippine President Fidel V. Ramos meets at IRRI.
20 March 1996
The IRRI Library launches its automated catalogue.
5 June 1996
In Bangkok, IRRI presents the International Rice Award in the form of a Gold Medal to His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej. 
26 June 1996
IRRI website (www.irri.org) is launched. Upgrading and improvement of the site has continued throughout the years.
14 August 1996
The International School Los Baños (ISLB) opens it doors to children of international staff members, grades kinder through 6th grade.
18 October 1996
During ceremonies in Des Moines, Iowa, G.S. Khush, IRRI principal plant breeder, and H.M. Beachell, former IRRI plant breeder, share the 1996 World Food Prize. View YouTube video of John Denver performing at the ceremonies.
16 November 1996
Peruvian President Alberto Fujimori visits IRRI. 
7 February 1997
More than 500 nationally recruited staff participate in IRRI's restructuring program.
27 June 1997
More than 250 former IRRI scientists, scholars, and dependents kick-off the 3-day 3rd IRRI Alumni Reunion in Gainesville, Florida.
13 July 1997
In Cleveland, Ohio during the annual international Conference of the Agricultural Communicators in Education (ACE), IRRI’s 1995-96 Corporate Report, Listening to the Farmers, wins an Outstanding Professional Skill Award, two Gold Awards and one Silver Award for writing, design, photograph, and cover.
14 July 1997
Ramiro Cabrera wins the 1997 International Award of Excellence from the Agricultural Communicators in Education (ACE) in the United States. 
7 September 1997
H.E. Sheikh Hasina Wajed, prime minister of the People's Republic of Bangladesh, visits IRRI. 
1 December 1997
K.S. Fischer, IRRI's deputy director for research, begins a brief stint as acting director general, while awaiting the arrival interim Director General Robert Havener
18 December 1997
H.E. Khamtay Sikphandone, prime minister of the Lao People's Democratic Republic, visits IRRI.
22 January 1998
Robert Havener arrives as interim director general.
17 February 1998
H.E. Sailas Atopare, governor general of Papua New Guinea, visits IRRI.
1 September 1998
Ronald P. Cantrell arrives as IRRI’s seventh director general.
4 September 1998
International Rice Research Notes (IRRN) goes online with an electronic version of its issues via the IRRI website. 
22 October 1998
IRRI is awarded a Silver award in the region’s first Asian Innovation Awards conducted by The Far Eastern Economic Review.
8 December 1998
G.S. Khush, IRRI principal plant breeder, receives the Rank Prize for Nutrition in London.
23 March 1999
Robert F. Chandler, 91, IRRI's first director general, passes away in Florida. Read New York Times obit.
1 April 1999
A new overhauled International Rice Research Notes (IRRN) debuts with an editorial board of scientists overseeing the content.
16 April 1999
T.T. Chang, former head of International Rice Germplasm Center, accepts Tyler World Prize for Environmental Achievement in Los Angeles.
30 April 1999
Nobel Peace Prize Laureate (1970) Norman Borlaug visits IRRI.
15 June 1999
IRRI receives three Gold Awards and Bronze award for its work on the 1997-98 Corporate Report on Biodiversity: Maintaining the Balance, 1999-2000 Publications Catalog, the Riceworld Web site, and photography depicting germplasm conservation in Bhutan. The Publications Catalog also receives an Outstanding Professional Skill Award.
2 August 1999
The IRRI Hour radio program debuts on DZLB 97.4 FM. 
16 August 1999
M.S. Swaminathan is named among the 20 most influential Asians of the 20th century by Time magazine.
2 September 1999
Fire breaks out in Chandler Hall, severely damaging the auditorium and temporarily closing the Riceworld Museum.
28 January 2000
Gurdev Khush, IRRI principal scientists, is named the winner of the 2000 Wolf Prize in Agriculture for his extraordinary contribution to theoretical research in plant genetics, evolution, and breeding. He received the award from Izar Weizman, President of Israel .
4 April 2000
Philippine President Joseph Estrada delivers keynote speech on "Rice research and poverty alleviation" at Malacanang Palace on the occasion of IRRI's 40th anniversary.
15 June 2000
A major 3-day scientific gathering honoring the memory of Dr. Robert F. Chandler, Jr. kicked off at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York. Read the proceedings
17 June 2000
More than 150 scientists, scholars, and dependents attend the IRRI alumni reunion held at Cornell University, Ithaca, New York, including Loyd Johnson (Engineering); Randy Barker (Economics); Ben Vergara (Plant Physiology); Akira Tanaka (Plant Physiology); Lina Vergara (Library); Kwanchai Gomez (Statistics); Colin McClung (Deputy Director); S.K. De Datta (Agronomy); Ronnie Coffman (Plant Breeding); Harold Kauffman (Plant Pathology); Hank Beachell (Plant Breeding); and Amir Khan (Engineering). 
19 June 2000
Genoveva Loresto retires after 37 years of outstanding and valuable service to IRRI in many capacities including training and from senior associate scientist to project scientist in the Genetic Resources Center.
13 July 2000
Gurdev S. Khush receives an Honorary Degree of Doctor of Science (Honoris Causa) from the University of Cambridge, England. 
1 August 2000
The Information Center, made up of Communication and Publications Services (CPS); Visitors, Exhibition, and Conference Services (VECS); and Library and Documentation Services (LDS), is dissolved. 
17 August 2000
Cambodian Prime Minister Samdech Hun Sen visits IRRI headquarters.
19 September 2000
Bienvenido O. Juliano, chemist and former head of IRRI's Cereal Chemistry Department, is named a Philippine National Scientist by President Joseph Estrada.
21 September 2000
R.K. Singh, IRRI's representative and liaison scientist in India, receives the Millennium Award for the promotion of the Hindi language. 
22 October  2000
IRRI hosts and kicks off the 5-day 4th International Rice Genetics Symposium (Rice Genetics IV) with more than 500 participants from 28 countries, the largest meeting ever held at headquarters.
26 October 2000
Senior associate scientist Alberto Barrion is named Outstanding Local Scientist for 2000 by the CGIAR, in Washington, D.C. 
17 November 2000
To mark the 40 years of strong partnership between the Institute and Thailand, the IRRI Liaison Office in Bangkok sponsors and kicks off 2 days of events in the country. 
21 November 2000
The Cambodian Agricultural Research and Development Institute (CARDI) in Phnom Penh is inaugurated, which is the fruit of many years of work involving the Cambodia-IRRI-Australia project (CIAP).
11 December 2000
T.T. Chang, former principal geneticist and head of the Genetic Resources Center, is named a member of the Pontifical Academy of Science by Pope John Paul II . 
1 January 2001
With retirement, Gurdev Khush completes 29 years as head of the Plant Breeding, Genetics, and Biochemistry Division and leader of various research programs.
19 January 2001
Seeds of genetically modified Golden Rice, which contains beta-carotene and other carotenoids, is delivered to IRRI by its co-inventors, Drs. Ingo Potrykus and Peter Beyer.
8 March 2001
Gurdev Khush, former IRRI principal plant breeder, is among Chinese and foreign scientists to be named a recipient of The China International Scientific and Technological Cooperation Award for 2001.
17 April 2001
Shu-Huang Ou, former head of the IRRI Department of Plant Pathology (1962-78) and author of the classic book, Rice Diseases, passes away in California
19 April 2001
David J. Mackill takes over as head of the Plant Breeding, Genetics, and Biochemistry Division.
1 May 2001
After nearly 10 years as head of IRRI’s Genetic Resources Center, Michael Jackson is named to the newly created management position of Director for Program Planning and Coordination (DPPC). 
1 June 2001
Muhammad Yunus, founder and managing director of the Grameen Bank in Bangladesh, winner of the 1994 World Food Prize, future winner of the 2006 Nobel Peace Prize, and former member of the IRRI Board of Trustees (1988-94), visits the Institute and gives a seminar on The role of technology in poverty alleviation. 
5 June 2001
More than 100 participants from PhilRice, IIRR, ADB, PCARRD, the IRRI Collaborators' Center, and the Los Baños Science Community attend an Inter-institutional Communication Workshop at IRRI. 
13 June 2001
In Beijing, the China State Council presents Gurdev Khush, former IRRI principal plant breeder, with the International Scientific and Technical Cooperation Award of the People's Republic of China.
25 June 2001
IRRI's second director general, Ralph W. Cummings, Sr., passes away at the age of 90. He was director general only briefly in 1972 before becoming the first director general of ICRISAT. Read obituary.
2 August 2001
Philippine President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo visits IRRI.
4 September 2001
The Philippine Department of Science and Technology and the National Academy of Science and Technology award Benito Vergara, former plant physiologist and director for administration of IRRI, the rank and title of national scientist.
7 September 2001
IRRI signs a new 25-year lease with the University of the Philippines (UP) for the approximately 230 hectares of land housing its headquarters and experimental station in Los Baños. 
8 October 2001
With more than 5,000 images available, IRRI’s Rice Photo Bank debuts online (later moved to Flickr). 
15 October  2001
A long tradition of technical reporting on rice research at IRRI comes to an end with the publishing of the last Program Report (for 2000)
23 October 2001
IRRI soil scientist Roland Buresh is selected as a Fellow of the Soil Science Society of America (SSSA) and IRRI plant breeder Sant Virmani is selected as a Fellow of the Crop Science Society of America (CSSA).
30 October 2001
IRRI is the only CG center to pick up two Excellence in Science Awards during the CGIAR’s Annual General Meeting in Washington. The Institute’s hybrid rice breeding team wins the award for the Outstanding Scientific Support Team, and the paper, Genetic diversity and disease control in rice, published in Nature, is chosen as the Outstanding Scientific Article. 
15 November 2001
Vietnamese President Tran Duc Luong visits IRRI.
7 December 2001
IRRI hosts the very first Microarray and bioinformatics training workshop attended by 70 national NARES collaborators from China, India, Indonesia, Vietnam, Thailand, Philippines, Korea, Japan, and Iran. 
12 December 2001
IRRI management announces the freezing of eight vacant—or about to be vacated—internationally recruited staff positions tied to expected budget cuts in 2002.
14 December 2001
The IRRI-Korea Office (IKO) is formally inaugurated.
3 February 2002
The Honorable Warren Truss, Australian Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries, and Forestry, visits IRRI.
6 February 2002
Sant Virmani, IRRI plant breeder, is elected as a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS).
18 March 2002
Calvin Qualset, director of the Genetic Resources Conservation Program at the University of California-Davis and IRRI BOT member, receives the 2002 Charles A. Black Award for his life's work in germplasm preservation and enhancement. 
1 April 2002
The first issue of Rice Today magazine is printed and distributed. View subsequent issues through July 2013.
3 April 2002
The Collaborators' Center building is renamed Gurdev S. Khush Hall during the BOT meeting. View YouTube video.
9 April 2002
Due to impending budget cuts, the staff reduction program for nationally recruited staff begins.
11 April 2002
For developing improved rice varieties and for his contributions to increasing rice production in the Philippines, Gurdev Khush, former IRRI principal plant breeder, is awarded a Presidential Citation from President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo.
25 April 2002
IRRI plant breeder Darshan Brar is named an Honorary Fellow of the Crop Science Society of the Philippines (CSSP).
30 April 30 2002
Lao PDR Prime Minister Boun-nhang Vorachith visits IRRI.
8 May 2002
The University of London confers the Doctor of Science degree on K.L. Heong of the Entomology and Plant Pathology Division, the first such academic award to an IRRI scientist based on his or her research work at the Institute. 
9 May 2002
The collaboration of IRRI and the Visayas State College of Agriculture with Vietnam to persuade a million rice farmers in Asia to stop spraying harmful and unnecessary insecticides wins the 2002 St. Andrews Prize for the Environment , the only international environmental prize in the UK. 
21 June 2002
The Indian Council of Agricultural Research hosts the first Steering Committee Meeting of the Consortium for Unfavorable Rice Environments (CURE) in New Delhi, India.
24 June 2002
IRRI cross number IR80000 is seeded.
28 July 2002
Tom Mew, IRRI plant pathologist and head of the Entomology and Plant Pathology Division, is named a Fellow of the American Phytopathological Society (APS). 
1 August 2002
Nigel Ruaraidh Sackville Hamilton assumes his duties as the second head of IRRI's Genetic Resources Center (GRC).
5 August 2002
The IRRI Training Center launches the Rice Knowledge Bank (RKB).
6 September 2002
IRRI and PhilRice find that the transgenic rice variety IR72 with the Xa21 gene (TT103) shows good agronomic performance in Muñoz, Philippines.
16 September 2002
The 1st International Rice Congress (IRC) begins in Beijing, attracting more than 1,000 delegates from 20 countries.
29 September 2002
The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and IRRI cosponsor an Asia and the Near East Agriculture and Food Security Workshop in Manila. 
20 October 2002
EPPD Head Tom Mew wins the Friendship Prize 2002 awarded by the Jiangsu Provincial Government for his contribution to rice protection and production in China.
29 October 2002
IRRI Day, one of the early events of the 2002 CGIAR annual general meeting (AGM), brought more than 280 visitors—led by CGIAR chairman Ian Johnson—to IRRI Headquarters. 
30 October 2002
During the CGIAR’s Annual General Meeting in Manila, the Institute’s biodiversity project team wins the award for the Outstanding Scientific Support Team. 
10 November 2002
During its 20th anniversary celebration in Manila, the Pilipinas Shell Foundation Inc. (PSFI) presents IRRI with an award for working jointly in the formidable task of enabling disadvantaged farmers to become responsible and productive members of society, aided in part through salt-tolerant and tungro-resistant rice lines.
22 November 2002
J.K. Ladha, soil nutritionist, is named a fellow of the American Society of Agronomy (ASA) and Sant Virmani, plant breeder, receives International Service in Crop Science Award from the Crop Science Society of America (CSSA).
6 December 2002
The project to motivate rice farmers in Vietnam to reduce insecticide use, known as the No early insecticide spray project, receives the Golden Rice Award in Vietnam.
19 December 2002
IRRI enters into a landmark research and capacity-building agreement with Japan's National Institute for Agro-Environmental Sciences (NIAES), paving the way for the next stage of discovery revealing the genetic makeup of rice.
25 January 2003
In New Delhi, the achievements of agronomist Virendra Pal Singh are recognized as he departs IRRI after serving the Institute for 30 years where he worked to improve the rice-farming systems in unfavorable environments.
24 February 2003
With the largest number of participants for a single course in the history of IRRI training (38), Developing integrated nutrient management options for delivery (DINMOD), starts. The participants from China, Myanmar, Bangladesh, Indonesia, Vietnam, Laos, Nepal, and IRRI share their experiences during the 2-week course.
30 March 2003
K.L. Heong of the Entomology and Plant Pathology Division is the recipient of the 2003 Charles A. Black Award for his contributions to the advancement of science in the public policy arena. 
14 April 2003
Fazle Hasan Abed, founder and chair of the Bangladesh Rural Advancement Committee (BRAC) and member of the IRRI BOT, is awarded the 2003 Gleitsman Foundation International Activist Award for the Eradication of Poverty. 
15 April 2003
T.P. Tuong is named the head of the Crop, Soil, and Water Sciences (CSWS) Division.
1 May 2003
Editorial in the journal Nature (Volume 423 Number 6935) states that "it is essential for financial support for IRRI to be mobilized."
7 May 2003
Fazle Hasan Abed, member of the IRRI Board of Trustees and founder and chairperson of the Bangladesh Rural Advancement Committee (BRAC), receives an Honorary Doctorate of Education from the University of Manchester in the UK.
13 May 2003
Website of the International Rice Functional Genomics Consortium (IRFGC) is launched. 
27 May 2003
IRRI agronomist Vethaiya Balasubramanian receives the 2003 International Fertilizer Association (IFA) International Award. 
9 June 2003
Harold John Nesbitt is appointed a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) on the Queen's Birthday Honours List for "Service to agriculture as project manager and agronomist for the Cambodia-IRRI-Australia Project (CIAP)."
15 July 2003
IRRI’s first storybook on rice for children, Graindell, is launched at the Museo Pambata in Manila. 
9 August 2003
IRRI plant pathologist Hei Leung is named a Fellow of the American Phytopathological Society (APS).
11 August 2003
The Malaysian Plant Protection Society (MAPPS) selects K.L. Heong, IRRI entomologist, to receive its inaugural Award of Excellence in Plant Protection. 
20 August 2003
IRRI, represented by William Padolina, Deputy Director General for Partnerships, attends its first-ever ministerial meetings of the Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN).
4 October 2003
An exhibition, with IRRI contributions, on the Art of Rice: Spirit and Sustenance in Asia opens a 7-month run at the Fowler Museum of Cultural History on the UCLA campus in California, USA.
29 October 2003
Filipino researchers at IRRI (this time in the Genetic Resources Center) win, for the third consecutive year, the CGIAR Excellence in Science Award for a scientific support team during the CGIAR’s Annual General Meeting in Nairobi. 
31 October 2003
FAO Director General Jacques Diouf launches The International Year of Rice 2004 at the United Nations.
6 November 2003
The Vietnam-IRRI insecticide reduction initiative receives the International Green Apple Environment Award from the Green Organization based in the United Kingdom.
11 November 2003
IRRI's online publications archive is launched  containing rice research topics found in more than 480 historical scientific books (approximately 90,000 pages via 4,350 searchable pdf files) published by IRRI and/or collaborators since 1960. These files were transferred to Google Book Search in 2008.
23 November 2003
David J. Mackill, head of the Plant Breeding, Genetics, and Biochemistry Division, is selected as a fellow of the Crop Science Society of America (CSSA). 
29 January 29, 2004
Paul (Pao-chi) Ma, 97, a member of the first IRRI Board of Trustees (1960-62), passes away in Kunming, China.
13 February 2004
A number of IRRI staff members present papers during the FAO Rice Conference in Rome, the first major event during the International Year of Rice 2004. Among them, IRRI Director General Ron Cantrell gives a presentation on New challenges and technological opportunities for rice-based production systems for food security and poverty alleviation in Asia and the Pacific.
24 February 2004
In collaboration with the Municipal Office of Los Baños, IRRI launches the International Year of Rice (IYR) mobile exhibit at the Los Baños National High School (LBNHS) and the Los Baños Central Elementary School. 
3-4 March 2004
IRRI holds two special days to celebrate the International Year of Rice 2004: the Araw ng Magsasaka (Farmers' Day) on and International Day (4 March) for ambassadors and donor representatives.
11 March 2004
Glenn B. Gregorio, international research fellow in the Plant Breeding, Genetics, and Biochemistry Division, receives the 2004 Achievement Award for Crop Science Research from the Crop Science Society of the Philippines (CSSP).
15 March 2004
IRRI stalwarts Tom Mew and Sant Virmani are appointed principal scientists in recognition of their many years of contributions to the Institute pathology and breeding, respectively.
24 March 2004
Richard Flavell, chair of IRRI’s External Program and Management Review (EPMR) panel, urged all staff to "celebrate" the Institute's achievements and to be proud to work at such an important and successful organization. 
28 April 2004
Philippine President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo honors S.K. De Datta , former IRRI agronomist and principal scientist (1964-91), with a Presidential Citation Award. In 1981, Dr. De Datta published Principles and Practices of Rice Production with John Wiley and Sons, which is recognized as a major contribution to the rice science literature.
7 June 2004
Dr. Mutsuo Iwamoto, president of the Japan International Research Center for Agricultural Sciences (JIRCAS), visits IRRI.
7 July 2004
A soap opera series designed to communicate integrated pest management (IPM) principles and practices to rice farmers in Vietnam is launched in Vinh Long, Vietnam.  
13 July 2004
The PETRRA Project, in partnership with the Bangladesh Rice Research Institute (BRRI) and funded by DFID, UK, organizes a 1-day closing program to officially close and celebrate its successful 5-year run in the country.
14 July 2004
The National Academy of Science and Technology, Philippines, names Glenn Gregorio, former IRRI international research fellow (and now IRRI's rice breeder for Africa), as the 2004 Outstanding Young Scientist in the field of genetics. 
20 July 2004
IRRI scientists begin a 1-week visit to the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) to assess the country’s rice R & D needs and explore possible opportunities for technical cooperation.
11 August 2004
The 10-nation Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) agrees to establish formal relations with IRRI, the beginning of the first-ever official ties between the Institute and the world's largest formal grouping of rice-producing nations. 
25 August 2004
IRRI BOT Chair Keijiro Otsuka, Director General Ron Cantrell, and Spokesperson Duncan Macintosh pay a courtesy call on His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej of Thailand  in Bangkok and recognize his life-long commitment to improving the lives of poor rice farmers and consumers.
15 October 2004
IRRI's Rice Knowledge Bank passes 5 million hits since its launching in September 2002. 
28 October 2004
During the CGIAR annual meeting in Mexico, the Rice-Wheat Consortium for the Indo-Gangetic Plains receives the King Baudouin Award and a team of IRRI scientists led by Marta Vasconcelos wins the Science Award for Outstanding Scientific Article for Enhanced iron and zinc accumulation in transgenic rice with the ferritin gene published in Plant Science.
5 November 2004
During the Word Rice Research Conference (WRRC) in Japan, IRRI launches its Environmental Agenda to renew focus on the development of sustainable strategies to feed half of the world’s population that depends on rice. About 1,200 participants from 42 countries attend the WRRC, the culminating event of the International Year of Rice 2004. 
18 November 2004
In celebration of the International Year of Rice 2004, Host Country Day held at IRRI attracts approximately 125 officials from various branches of the Philippine Government.
23 November 2004
(1)  Shaobing Peng, senior crop physiologist, is named a fellow of the American Society of Agronomy (ASA). (2) Director General Ron Cantrell announces the establishment of the IRRI Environmental Council (IEC), with the mandate of providing a mechanism to ensure the long-term implementation, continued development, and evolution as well as success of the IRRI Environmental Agenda (IEA).
24 November 2004
J.K. Ladha, soil nutritionist, is selected as a fellow of the Soil Science Society of America (SSSA). 
7 December 2004
More than 300 bags of relief goods and supplies worth P75,000 are transported by IRRI to Infanta, one of the municipalities in Quezon Province hardest hit by recent typhoons Unding, Violeta, Winnie, and Yoyong. 
9 December 2004
Long-time IRRI Consultant Gelia Castillo receives one of five 2004 Outstanding Filipino (TOFIL) Awards given to pioneering Filipinos by the Philippine Jaycee Senate.
13 December 2004
(1) CPS 1 & 2 are named the Ronald P. Cantrell Building, which was part of the farewell program for IRRI's eighth director general. View YouTube video(2) William Padolina begins a stint as acting director general until the next director general assumes responsibilities in March 2005. 
15 December 2004
(1) IRRI officially opens its new Grain Quality and Nutrition Research Center (GQNRC). (2) Fazle Hasan Abed, IRRI BOT member and founder and chairperson of BRAC, is awarded the 2004 United Nations Development Programme Mahbub ul Haq Award for Outstanding Contribution to Human Development.
7 January 2005
Sant Virmani, IRRI principal scientist, is named a recipient of the Pravasi Bharatiya Samman Award, which recognizes the contributions made by nonresident Indians (Pravasi Bhartiya) for the development of India and the world in general.
9 January 2005
IRRI and CIMMYT announce the details of a new IRRI-CIMMYT Alliance aimed at boosting international efforts to fight rural poverty and strengthen food security in the developing world.
10 January 2005
IRRI uses its Rice Knowledge Bank to provide essential information on growing rice in the aftermath of the 26 December 2004 Asian tsunami.
5 February 2005
In recognition of his contributions to hybrid rice breeding, genetics, and seed production, IRRI Principal Scientist Sant Virmani receives the International Koshihikari Rice Prize in Fukui City, Japan.
7 February 2005
IRRI staff members Mark Bell and Joe Rickman begin a week of surveying the tsunami-affected areas of Sri Lanka.
21 March  2005
Robert Zeigler arrives as the eighth director general of IRRI.
23 March 2005
IRRI awards a plaque of honor to the Bangladesh Rice Research Institute (BRRI) to recognize its partnership and outstanding contribution to food security and health of the people of Bangladesh for more than three decades.
5 April 2005
Two success story entries with IRRI ties win major awards—Three Reductions, Three Grains, program to improve environment and livelihood of millions of rice farmers in Vietnam and Genuinely Lao, the story of the project that revolutionized rice production in Laos—in a competition sponsored by the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) for countries in its East Asia Division.
7 April 2005
Four members of the House of Commons from the Netherlands and staff members from the Royal Netherlands Embassy visit IRRI.
18 April 2005
The IRRI Environmental Council holds its inaugural meeting to begin implementing the Institute's Environmental Agenda.
20 April 2005
The Rural Development Administration (RDA) of Korea and IRRI continue collaboration in implementing the training workshop on Rice Technology Transfer Systems (RTTS)—the first of its kind in Asia. Training Center Head Mark Bell is presented with a Gratitude Plate in recognition of his outstanding contributions to the successful implementation of the RTTS and the further strengthening of the collaboration between Korea and IRRI. Past IRRI winners of this award are Ben Vergara, Gurdev Khush, and Ronald Cantrell.
25 April 2005
CIMMYT(Interational Maize and Wheat Improvment Center) research committee members arrive at IRRI headquarters to, in part, meet with their counterparts for moving forward with the four Alliance Programs proposed by the two centers’ boards.
2 May 2005
IRRI is the first CGIAR center on the Access Grid (for multi-point videoconferencing) as a new 6-Mbps connection to the Asia Pacific Advanced Network (APAN) is commissioned with a new "local loop" to the national termination point at the Advanced Science and Technology Institute (ASTI) at the University of the Philippines Diliman campus in Quezon City. 
3 May 2005
Vethaiya Balasubramanian, senior scientist, agronomy, is named IRRI's Africa Coordinator.
9 May 2005
IRRI kicks off a 3-day workshop on Research Prioritization on Genetic Diversification to Sustain Rice Productivity with 70 participants from China, Vietnam, Nepal, Indonesia, and the Philippines. 
10 May 2005
IRRI hosts a 3-day international workshop on Research Prioritization on Genetic Diversification to Sustain Rice Productivity. 
25 May 2005
Environmental Radio Soap Opera for Rural Vietnam, an IRRI-Vietnam project, wins a World Bank Development Marketplace Award
31 May 2005
Gene Hettel of Communication and Publications Services receives the Service Award of the Association for Communication Excellence (ACE).
19 July 2005
IRRI donates 70 computers to the Los Baños National High School (LBNHS) under a Memorandum of Agreement signed between the Institute and the school.
26 July 2005
Haruhiko Kuroda, the new president of the Asian Development Bank, one of IRRI’s most important and committed donors, visits the Institute.
3 August 2005
Robert Havener, interim IRRI director general in 1998, passes away in California.
10 August 2005
William G. Padolina , IRRI Deputy DG for Partnerships, is selected as one of the joint winners of the 2005 ASEAN (Association of South East Asian Nations) Science and Technology Meritorious Award for his “qualifications and significant contributions to the development and application of science and technology in the ASEAN region." 
11 August 2005
In this issue of Nature, the participants in the International Rice Genome Sequencing Project (in which IRRI has played a role, specifically IRRI bioinformatics specialist Richard Bruskiewich who as a co-author of the paper provided annotation and analysis) present a map-based, finished quality sequence that covers 95% of the 389-megabase genome.
29 September 2005
IRRI presents two important proposals during the 5th ASEAN Ministers of Agriculture and Forestry Plus Three (AMAF Plus Three) Meeting in Tagaytay City, which is an historic event in that it was the first time ever that IRRI participates in an ASEAN meeting.
19 November 2005
More than 700 rice scientists and researchers from 20 countries arrive for the 5-day 5th International Rice Genetics Symposium (Rice Genentics V) at the Edsa Shangri-La Hotel in Manila, which is the largest scientific meeting that IRRI has ever hosted in the Philippines. 
1 December 2005
The U.S.-based magazine Popular Mechanics cites IRRI's IR8 (released in 1966) to be among the top 50 inventions that have "rocked the world" during the past half-century.
24 January 2006
The new Crop Research Informatics Laboratory (CRIL) is jointly launched in Mexico and the Philippines. CRIL is the new scientific program of the IRRI-CIMMYT Alliance that unites key databases and research on the planet’s three most important crops: rice, wheat, and maize.
5 February 2006
His Excellency Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam, President of the Republic of India, and party visits IRRI headquarters.
18 February 2006
Hei Leung, senior scientist, plant pathology, is elected as a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS).
28 February 2006
The IRRI print shop in Communication and Publications Services closes after producing hundreds of millions of impressions over a 43-year period.
1 March 2006
New IRRI copy center opens replacing the old analogue IRRI print shop.
24 March 2006
Te-Tzu (T.T.) Chang, 79, passes away in Taiwan. He was IRRI’s principal geneticist for more than 30 years and head of the International Rice Germplasm Center when he retired in December 1991.
26 March 2006
The Chinese Minister of Agriculture Qinglin Du visits IRRI. 
2 April 2006
As part of the Korean Seed Multiplication Project (KSMP), 25 tons of high-quality rice seed multiplied under IRRI's controlled conditions are airlifted to the National Institute of Crop Science in Korea. Korea’s achievement in rice self-sufficiency through the “Green Revolution" of the 1970s was made possible through similar past arrangements. The first KSMP for rapid dissemination of the popular Tongil variety was accomplished during the 1969-70 dry season.
7 April 2006
(1) The auditorium in Chandler Hall is officially dedicated as the Robert D. Havener Auditorium; (2) Florencia “Flor” Palis (with BOT chair Kei Otsuka and DG Robert Zeigler), postdoctoral fellow in the Entomology and Pathology Division, and the IRRI Emergency Brigade are presented with, respectively, the Director General’s 2005 Award for Outstanding Scientific Achievement and the 2005 IRRI Award for Outstanding Support of IRRI’s Mission; (3) IRRI and the International Potato Center (CIP) make CGIAR history by becoming the first two CG Centers to have a video conference using the Access Grid, which is a technology for enabling multiple locations, even dozens, to participate simultaneously in a video conference.
17 April 2006
Starting today and throughout the rest of the week of 17-21 April, almost 2,000 staff and dependents received the seasonal flu vaccination to ward off the looming avian flu threat.
24 April 2006
Nineteen students from Thailand and the Philippines begin the first-ever, week-long rice camp hosted by IRRI, in conjunction with the Thai Rice Foundation and the Philippine Rice Institute. The students work in the rice fields, listen to various lectures, and participate in fun-filled learning activities. See YouTube video.
25 May 2006
DG Robert Zeigler unveils to staff IRRI’s new, BOT-approved strategic plan, Bringing Hope, Improving Lives
1 June 2006
The Crop, Soils, and Water Sciences (CSWS) Division and the entomology part of the former Entomology and Plant Pathology Division (EPPD) officially integrate to become the Crop and Environmental Sciences (CES) Division. 
2 June 2006
IRRI, in collaboration with the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MARD) of Vietnam and the World Bank, formally launches the Environmental Radio Soap Opera for Rural Vietnam and announces an environmental initiative in conjunction with the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN).
15 June 2006
A. Colin McClung, former IRRI assistant director (1964-1966) and associate director (1967-1971) shares the 2006 World Food Prize
10 August 2006
A gene (Sub1a) that enables rice to survive complete submergence for up to 17 days is identified by a team of researchers at IRRI and the University of California and announced in the journal Nature (Vol. 442, 705-708). On YouTube: view a 50-second time-lapse video over the period of 14 June-16 August to see the effect of the gene placed in an IR64 background.
4 September 2006
The Council of the Academy of Sciences for the Developing World names K.L. Heong the recipient of the prestigious TWAS Prize in Agricultural Sciences for 2006 in Angra dos Reis, Brazil during the Third World Academy of Science 10th General Conference.
21 September 2006
H.M. "Hank" Beachell (with Norman Borlaug), IRRI rice breeding pioneer and 1996 World Food Prize Laureate, celebrates his 100th birthday at home in Texas.
28 September 2006
Powerful and rain-laden Typhoon Milenyo (international name: Xangsane) makes a direct hit on IRRI with the eye passing over in the late morning. While this storm did not pack the winds of Super Typhoon Rosing on 3 November 1995 (which many use as a benchmark of recent times), it carried much more rainfall, which made it particularly destructive.
9 October 2006
The week-long 2nd International Rice Congress brings to New Delhi, India, 1,383 rice researchers, traders, millers, farmers, and agriculture ministers, including 400 delegates from 45 countries other than India. This largest gathering ever of rice workers deliberate on various aspects of rice production, commerce, and international cooperation with a special focus on the latest research, science, and technology. 
18 October 2006
IRRI participates in the 5th World Rice Commerce Conference (WRC2006) in  Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam, attracting a record crowd of  more than 200 paying delegates from around the world.
30 October 2006
IRRI contributes to a major report published by the British government on the economics of climate change, authored by Sir Nicholas Stern, which suggests that global warming could shrink the global economy by 20%. 
16 November 2006
Rice production in Southeast Asia, arguably the region’s most important industry, receives a major boost with the endorsement of three new strategies by the agricultural ministers of the ten-nation Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN). Implemented and coordinated by IRRI, the new measures are aimed at three major challenges facing rice production in ASEAN. 
20 November 2006
IRRI’s YouTube site debuts.
4 December 2006
IRRI DG Robert Zeigler gives a major keynote presentation on Climate Change and Agriculture in the Tropics and Subtropics: Preparing for the Worst with a Winning Approach
5 December 2006
The CGIAR gene bank community, which includes IRRI's T.T. Chang Genetic Resources Center, receives the CG's Science Award for Outstanding Partnership at the CGIAR Annual General Meeting in Washington, DC. 
13 December 2006
H.M. "Hank" Beachell , IRRI rice breeding pioneer and 1996 World Food Prize Laureate, passes away at his home in Texas. He had celebrated his 100th birthday on 21 September 2006. See YouTube video clip on his contributions.  
9 January 2007
The Cambodian Agricultural Research Institute (CARDI) in Phnom Penh officially inaugurates all of its new facilities with the completion of the last major structure, the Plant Breeding Center. More than 4,000 people attend . During the event, Prime Minister Hun Sen presents the Royal Government of Cambodia’s Sahametrei Medal (right) to former IRRI directors general M.S. Swaminathan and Ronald Cantrell in recognition of their contributions to the revival of rice research and development in the country.
12 January 2007
IRRI DG Robert Zeigler and Lao Minister for Agriculture and Forestry Sitaheng Rasphone sign a memorandum of understanding for the establishment of IRRI’s office for the 6-country Greater Mekong Subregion (GMS) in Vientiane. Later this day, IRRI’s GMS office is formally opened with a ribbon-cutting ceremony led by Dr. Zeigler and Gary Jahn, IRRI representative to Laos and GMS coordinator.
22 January 2007
Ronald L. Phillips, IRRI BOT member , is named a co-recipient of the 2007 Wolf Prize for Agriculture.
24 January 2007
Visitors and Information Services (VIS) is renamed Events, Visitors, and Information Services (EVIS).
3 February 2007
IRRI DG Robert Zeigler receives a Doctor of Science (Honorus Causa) from Sardar Vallavh Bhai Patel University of Agriculture and Technology, Modipuran, Uttar Pradesh, India.
7 February 2007
The Luang Prabang (Laos) branch of the IRRI-Greater Mekong Subregion office is officially opened at a ribbon-cutting ceremony.
12 March 2007
In a special dedication ceremony, IRRI's Genetic Resources Center is named in memory of  Te-Tzu (T.T.) Chang, who passed away 24 March 2006. Video of the dedication ceremony.
26 March 2007
More than 80 scientists from 14 countries in Asia, Australia, Europe, and North America attend an international workshop on Cool Rice for a Warmer World held at the Crop Physiology and Production Center (CPPC), College of Plant Science and Technology, Huazhong Agricultural University (HZAU), Wuhan, Hubei, China. The workshop is sponsored by IRRI and HZAU, with partial financial support from the National Natural Science Foundation of China. 
11 April 2007
Central Luzon State University (CLSU) awards a plaque of recognition to IRRI as one of its international partners that contributed significantly to CLSU's growth and development.
17 April 2007
A workshop on "Clearing Old Hurdles with New Science: Improving Rice Grain Quality" includes the first meeting of the International Network for Quality Rice (INQR); the Philippine Society of Agricultural Engineers (PSAE) names Eugene Castro as Most Outstanding Agricultural Engineer (Maramba Awardee) for 2007
18 April 2007
(1) Evangelina F. Salcedo-Ella , Edgar Amoloza, the PBGB Rice Genetics V Secretariat, and the IRRI-India Office staff are presented with, respectively, the 2006 IRRI Awards for Outstanding Scientific Achievement, Outstanding Research Support, and Outstanding Administrative Support. (2) a delegation from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation led by Bill Gates , co-founder of the Foundation and chairman and CEO of Microsoft Corp., and Dr. Raj Shah, director of the Agricultural Development Program of the Foundation, visit the Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences (CAAS)-IRRI Joint Lab on Rice Molecular Breeding and Genetics headed by IRRI molecular geneticist Zhi-Kang Li.
23 April 2007
Twenty high school students from Thailand and the Philippines attend IRRI’s Rice Camp 2007—the 2nd one-week training course that exposes the participants to the basics of agriculture as well as the new frontiers that await young rice scientists in the future.
26 April 2007
Mahabub Hossain, economist and head, Social Sciences Division, gives a farewell summary of social science research at IRRI since 1992. Wrapping up his 15 years with a dual role as a researcher and administrative head in SSD, he presents a synthesis of socioeconomic studies on rice supply and demand trends in Asia and discusses constraints to increasing rice productivity, understanding rural livelihood systems, and the impact of improved rice technologies on poverty reduction. Dr. Hossain is retiring from IRRI to become the executive officer of the Bangladesh Rural Advancement Committee (BRAC).
2 May 2007
The Temperate Rice Research Consortium (TRRC) is launched during an international planning workshop on temperate rice in Suwon, Republic of Korea. 
14 May 2007
An exciting new course at IRRI, Rice: research to production, kicks offs for its initial 3-week run to encourage some of the world’s best and brightest young scientists to consider careers helping developing nations, instead of taking jobs focused on the developed world. Twenty-six participants are from Bangladesh, Egypt, France, Greece, India, Indonesia, Japan, Philippines, Rwanda, Thailand, UK, and USA.
7 June 2007
Ren Wang, deputy director general for research, gives his farewell seminar. He departs IRRI to become CGIAR director on 23 July 2007. He gives an overview of the major developments and achievements in IRRI’s research and product portfolio that he has witnessed in the past 7-1/2 years.
13 June 2007
The project, Implementation plans to disseminate submergence-tolerance rice varieties and associated new production practices to Southeast Asia, is launched during a planning workshop at IRRI.
17 June 2007
Gene Hettel of Communication and Publications Services , receives the 2007 International Award of Excellence from the Association for Communication Excellence in Agriculture, Natural Resources, and Life and Human Sciences in the United States.
22 June 2007
IRRI is awarded a certificate for ISO 14001, which is an internationally recognized standard for environmentally sustainable systems, and as such demonstrates IRRI’s commitment to environmental sustainability.
27 June 2007
Thailand's Ministry of Agricultural and Cooperatives and IRRI sign an agreement to expand their existing bilateral cooperation in the field of rice variety development to add increased value to Thailand's important staple. The agreement was signed by Minister Thira Sutabutr (right) and IRRI DG Robert S. Zeigler .
11 July 2007
IRRI is one of more than 110 institutions that participates in the First International PKP Scholarly Publishing Conference held at Simon Fraser University in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. A paper presented by communications staff members is titled "Scholarly Publishing Initiatives at IRRI: Linking Users to Public Goods via Open Access."
28 July 2007
For the first time, IRRI is featured on the front page of the prestigious Wall Street Journal newspaper in New York and the front page of the Asian Wall Street Journal in Asia, Feeding Billions, One Grain at a Time. View online version
1 September 2007
IRRI DG Robert Zeigler announces the creation of the IRRI Golden Jubilee Committee to prepare for the activities that will take place during IRRI's 50th anniversary in 2010.
7 September 2007
To celebrate the Cuu Long Delta Rice Research Institute's (CLRRI) 30th anniversary, six IRRI staff members are awarded medals in recognition of their many contributions to rice research in Vietnam: Grant Singleton, Abdelbagi Ismail, Darshan Brar, Robert Zeigler, Il-rong Choi, and T.P. Tuong. 
20 September 2007
As a part of the IRRI Board of Trustees meeting in Laos, Chair Keijiro Otsuka and DG Robert S. Zeigler visit Lao Prime Minister Bouasone Bouphavanh at his office in Vientiane.
12 October 2007
IRRI is awarded the 6th Iue Asia Pacific Culture Prize during the Asia Pacific Forum of the Awaji Conference in Kobe, Japan. The prize certificate states: "Your institute has made many great contributions to reduce poverty and solve environmental problems, and through your efforts, we expect that in the future you will further lead the way to a multicultural society in the Asia Pacific Region."
15 October 2007
(1) Gary C. Jahn, entomologist and IRRI coordinator for the Greater Mekong Subregion, is honored at the International Plant Protection Congress in Glasgow, Scotland, for his major contributions to the promotion of global plant protection; (2) Why IRRI scientists believe they can create climate change-proof rice appears on CNN TV as part of the series on Eco Solutions. Robert Zeigler and David Mackill are interviewed. Watch YouTube video.
26 October 2007
IRRI DG Robert S. Zeigler is awarded the distinction of AAAS Fellow.  
30 October 2007
Darshan Brar, head of Plant Breeding, Genetics, and Biotechnology, is chosen as one of two winners of the Koshihikari International Rice Prize for 2007. The Prize recognizes rice researchers working in universities and international, national, and local agricultural research stations.
5 November 2007
IRRI DG Robert Zeigler discusses IRRI's research agenda with HRH Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn during the opening ceremonies for BioAsia 2007 in Bangkok.
7 November 2007
Roland Buresh, IRRI principal scientist, is awarded the 2007 International Soil Science Award by the Soil Society of America (SSSA) for his leadership in formulating and disseminating practices of site-specific nutrient management (SSNM) through partnerships with national research and extension organizations and the private sector in Bangladesh, China, India, Indonesia, Myanmar, the Philippines, and Vietnam.
4 December 2007
At the CGIAR Annual General Meeting (AGM) in Washington, DC, Darshan Brar receives the group's 2007 Outstanding Scientist Award, which honors original work by a senior scientist whose contributions have actual or potential regional or international significance that furthers CGIAR goals. View YouTube video, which summarizes Dr. Brar's research and achievements. Also during the AGM, the team of scientists from IRRI and the University of California (Riverside and Davis) win the CGIAR Outstanding Scientific Article Award for 2007. The article, Sub1A is an ethylene response factor-like gene that confers submergence tolerance to rice, appeared in the 10 August 2006 issue of the prestigious journal Nature. See a time lapse video on YouTube that dramatically shows the results of this work. And K.L. Heong receives the $10,000 CGIAR COM+ Award for communicating science for people and the planet through the Environmental Soap Opera for Rural Vietnam.
7 December 2007
The Luang Prabang Branch of the IRRI-Greater Mekong Subregion Office is officially opened at a ribbon-cutting ceremony.
10 December 2007
Reiner Wassmann, coordinator of IRRI’s Rice and Climate Change Consortium, is formally recognized by the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) for having made substantial contributions to the IPCC’s 2007 Nobel Peace Prize award. 
4 January 2008
L. Dale Haws, 81, former crop production specialist at IRRI (1974-85), passes away.
21 January 2008
After months of preparation by staff of the Genetic Resources Center, a replicate set of the Global Rice Collection from 123 countries held by IRRI leaves for the Svalbard Global Seed Vault (SGSV), or Doomsday Vault. View YouTube video.
25 January 2008
(1) The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation announces a grant to IRRI for US$19.9 million over three years to initially help place improved rice varieties and related technology into the hands of 400,000 small farmers in South Asia and sub-Saharan Africa. (2) Sant Virmani, former IRRI plant breeder, is conferred with the Padma Shri Award by Indian President Smt. Pratibha Devisingh Patil.
31 January 2008
Beth Woods, newly appointed IRRI BOT chair is interviewed on ABC Radio Australia. She says that a good rice crop means so much more than the simple act of ensuring that people have enough to eat.
8 February 2008
Gurdev Khush, former IRRI principal plant breeder, receives the Khwarizmi International Award for Agriculture, which he shares with Sanjaya Rajaram, former CIMMYT wheat breeder, from Iranian President Mohamad Khatami.
13 February 2008
Cary Fowler, executive director of the Global Crop Diversity Trust, reports that he was at the airport in Svalbard when the cargo plane arrived carrying the IRRI seed consignment. “It was a great sight to behold,” he says, “with the boxes coming down the conveyor belt from the belly of the plane. Box after box, the Seed Vault with its light turned on glowing in the background up the mountain.” View 4:33 YouTube video of IRRI' seed preparation for Svalbard.
19 February 2008
During a luncheon meeting at the Asia Society’s Hong Kong Center, IRRI DG Robert Zeigler discusses the end of cheap, plentiful rice. He points out that rice is as fundamental to Asia’s success as the oil that drives its industries and the dollars that power its economies.
21 February 2008
(1) Rosendo K. Palis, who served as IRRI's agronomist and liaison scientist in Burma (now Myanmar) from 1980 until his retirement in 1993, died of a heart attack in California; (2) IRRI DG Robert Zeigler visits BBC Studios in London and gives an interview about the world's rising rice prices and the implications for the world's poor. View YouTube video version.
26 February 2008
The Svalbard Global Seed Vault or Doomsday Vault is officially opened. IRRI is the biggest contributor of all gene banks, shipping some 70,000 different accessions of rice from 123 countries. Svalbard is north of the Arctic Circle about 1,000 km from the North Pole. Along with heads of state, fellow CGIAR directors general and other officials, and the media, IRRI DG Robert Zeigler is on hand during the opening ceremonies to watch 2004 Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Wangari Maathai of Kenya and Norwegian Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg cere- moniously deposit IRRI's rice packet container #1 into the vault as the first crop of any species to be placed there. View a feature on the Doomsday Vault produced by the CBS news program 60 Minutes.
5 March 2008
National and international rice specialists begin a 3-day meeting at the Africa Rice Center (AfricaRice), Cotonou, Benin, to launch the African component of the project on Stress-tolerant rice for poor farmers in Africa and South Asia. The project, which is being carried out by IRRI and its partners, was approved for funding by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation through a grant to IRRI announced in January 2008. 
16 March 2008
The project, Stress-tolerant rice for poor farmers in Africa and South Asia (STRASA), funded by a grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF), is inaugurated in South Asia at the beginning of a 4-day meeting at the NASC Complex in New Delhi attended by 150 senior scientists, researchers, and representatives of NGOs, private companies, and seed producers from Bangladesh, India, and Nepal . 
18 March 2008
The International Rice Research Notes (IRRN), IRRI’s long-running journal of 32 years, which has expedited communication among scientists concerned with development of improved technology for rice and rice-based cropping systems, goes open access using Open Journal Systems (OJS). There will be no more printed copies of the publication.
26 March 2008
Thirty participants from various agencies and organizations in the Philippines begin a 3-day workshop and planning meeting on the Adoption and impact of water savings in rice production.
30 March 2008
A 2-day project planning workshop on Stress-tolerant rice for poor farmers in Africa and South Asia, funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, is held in Bangladesh to map out the strategies and develop the work plans of the project with Bangladeshi partners . 
1 April 2008
(1) Achim Dobermann assumes the position  of deputy director general for research. (2) The Steering Committee of the Consortium for Unfavorable Rice Environments (CURE) endorses David Johnson as the leader of the CURE Coordinating Unit.
2 April 2008
IRRI DG Robert Zeigler appears on BBC's Asia Business Report to say that there is a need for another Green Revolution. He also discusses the rice shortage in Asia and the tightening of supplies. View YouTube video of the interview.
3 April 2008
IRRI convenes and hosts the inaugural meeting of the Hybrid Rice Research and Development Consortium (HRDC). View Achim Dobermann's comments on the HRDC's goals in a YouTube video.
8 April 2008
In the ongoing effort to acknowledge the contributions of outstanding performers and role models among the national staff and to recognize those who have shown extraordinary involvement in activities that contribute to the overall improvement in effectiveness and efficiency of the Institute, the 2007 NRS awardees are announced: Alice Laborte, associate scientist in the Social Sciences Division (IRRI Award for Outstanding Scientific Achievement), Norberto T. Quilloy, Research Technician III in plant breeding (IRRI Award for Outstanding Research Support); and the Rice Today Production and Distribution Team IRRI Award for Outstanding Administrative Support).
10 April 2008
IRRI DG Robert Zeigler is quoted in Time magazine cover story on Asia's rice crisis: "Rice isn't just another commodity. In Asia, rice has cultural, social, and, in many places, even a religious role, so it carries much more psychological weight." On the same day, Dr. Zeigler appears on the NPR's Morning Edition to discuss the situation of rice-producing nations cutting exports amid shortages. Listen to the 5-minute program.
11 April 2008
Following the BOT meeting, DG Robert Zeigler, BOT Chair Elizabeth Woods, Philippine Secretary of Agriculture (and IRRI BOT member) Arthur Yap and BOT members Mutsuo Iwamoto (Japan), Ruth Oniang'o (Kenya), Seong-Hee Lee (Korea), Achmad Suryana (Indonesia), and M. Syeduzzama (Bangladesh); and PhilRice Executive Director Leo Sebastian hold a press conference on the rice price and availability with the major Philippine media, which came down from Manila for the specially arranged event. View YouTube video of the opening remarks.
14 April 2008
The 5th International Crop Science Congress (ICSC) starts at Jeju, Korea with the theme of Recognizing Past Achievements, Meeting Future Needs!. A 24-member IRRI delegation is in attendance, headed by DG Robert Zeigler, who gives a keynote presentation, Rice Science: Key to Food Security and Environmental Health in a Changing World. He prefaces his remarks with the developing crisis on rising rice prices and shortages that are sparking concerns across Asia and the world.
17 April 2008
In the 19-25 April issue of The Economist, in which the feature is, The new face of hunger, IRRI DG Robert Zeigler is quoted: “Yields cannot be switched on and off like a tap. Spreading extra fertilizer or buying new machinery helps. But higher yields also need better irrigation and fancier seeds. The time lag between dreaming up a new seed and growing it commercially in the field is ten to 15 years, Even if a farmer wanted to plant something more productive this year, and could afford to, he could not—unless research work had been going on for years. It has not.”
29 April 2008
Elizabeth Woods, IRRI BOT chair, is featured on ABC Radio Australia and discusses the causes of the rapidly increasing price of grains and rice and related food security and the issue of increasing hectares of land in Indonesia being used to grow palm oil for fuel instead of food. Listen to the archived program on the website of ABC Radio Australia.
30 April 2008
In the 2008 Critique & Awards Program of the Association for Communication Excellence (ACE), Rice Today staff members in CPS won three Gold Awards and one Silver Award for material in the four issues of the magazine published in 2007 (No. 1, No. 2, No.3, No.4). Accumulating 98 out of a possible 100 points in the overall Magazines and Periodicals Category, the judges commented that the Rice Today team took often difficult and sometimes technical subjects and made them interesting to the reader. The outstanding photography highlighted a good balance between text and graphics. The Rice Today team includes CPS staff members Adam Barclay (managing editor), George Reyes, Ariel Javellana, Gene Hettel, Meg Mondoñedo, Juan Lazaro IV, Bill Hardy, Jose Raymond Panaligan, Emmanuel Panisales, and Chris Quintana.
2 May 2008
Philippine President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo visits IRRI to witness the signing of an MOA between IRRI and the country's Department of Agriculture. The agreement focuses on irrigation, technology, extension services, and credit support for farmers in the Philippines to address the ongoing rice crisis.
8 May  2008
On a segment of ANC's Prime News (Philippines), IRRI senior scientist Bas Bouman discusses the Institute's collaborative plan with the Philippines' Department of Agriculture to look for ways to meet the future rice needs of the country. View on YouTube.
10 May 2008
DG Robert Zeigler and Program 1 leader David Mackill discuss IRRI's work on rice that thrives despite climate change on a segment of CNN's Spirit of Survival series. View the YouTube video.
12 May 2008
IRRI begins its first regional Plant Breeder Workshop in Mozambique. Eighteen plant breeders (photo above) from Burundi, Tanzania, Rwanda, Kenya, Uganda, and Mozambique come together at Chokwe in southern Mozambique to make selections from more than 1,000 advanced breeding lines being grown at the Institute Investigation of Agriculture Mozambique (IIAM) research station.
13 May 2008
Federico V. Ramos, former superintendent of the IRRI Farm (now the Experiment Station) from 1961 to 1985, and father of University of the Philippines President Emerlinda Roman (ex officio BOT member and future BOT chair), passes away.
15 May 2008
During a special 45-minute program on Bloomberg Television, IRRI DG Robert Zeigler talks with Bloomberg's Michael McKee about the rise in food prices and its impact on the global economy. View the YouTube video.
18 May 2008
Major article above the fold in the Sunday New York Times appears about the world's poor paying the price as crop research is cut. IRRI DG Robert Zeigler states that "Cutting back on agricultural research today is pure folly." 
19 May 2008
Over 3 weeks, 19 May-6 June, 28 participants from around the world are attending the second Rice Research to Production training course. This course began as an idea of Susan McCouch of Cornell University and IRRI's Robert Zeigler and Hei Leung. It is funded by the National Science Foundation USA, the United Kingdom’s Gatsby Foundation, and IRRI.
20 May 2008
Deputy DG for Research Achim Dobermann is the recipient of the 2008 IFA International Crop Nutrition Award. He is recognized for his pioneering research to raise yields and reduce nutrient losses.
21 May 2008
The 14th Inter-Institutional Communication Workshop (ICW) is held at IRRI attended by more than 50 communications specialists from Philippine institutions in the region and IRRI. 
23 May 2008
Acting IRRI Director General Michael Jackson meets with the Prime Minister of Thailand, H.E. Samak Sundaravej at the Dusit Thani Hotel in Manila. Among many issues they discussed are new technologies for rice production, including varieties and hybrids that IRRI can share with Thailand.
27 May 2008
An external surveillance audit team awards the ISO 14001:2004 to the IRRI Experiment Station in recognition of its commitment to environmental, safety, and health standards.
5 June 2008
China gives one of its most prestigious scientific awards, the International Science and Technology Award of the People’s Republic of China, to IRRI for making an “important contribution to improve grain output, agricultural efficiency, and the income of farmers.” China State Councilor Liu Yandong presents the award to IRRI Director General Robert Zeigler at a special award ceremony in Beijing.
13 June 2008
IRRI and the Institute for Investigation of Agriculture Mozambique (IIAM) conduct the first-ever Farm Mechanization Field Day in southern Mozambique.
23 June 2008
IRRI hosts a 3-day International Conference on Rice Plant Hoppers, which have devastated millions of acres in southern China and Vietnam in recent years where increasing insecticide resistance has become a concern.
1 July 2008
Reiner Wassmann, coordinator of IRRI’s Rice and Climate Change Consortium, is formally recognized by the United Nations Inter-governmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) for having made substantial contributions to the IPCC’s 2007 Nobel Peace Prize award.
7 July 2008
IRRI conducts a groundbreaking 2-day Regional Plant Breeder Workshop in Tanzania.  
18 July 2008
(1) IRRI Director General Robert Zeigler assumes the presidency of the Los Baños Science Community Foundation, Inc. (LBSCFI) from Luis Rey I. Velasco, chancellor of  University of the Philippines, Los Baños, during a turnover ceremony in conjunction with the R&D Symposium celebrating SyenSaya, the Philippines’ first science tourism event at UPLB; (2) Science magazine features the importance of rice research and IRRI's work in an article, Re-inventing rice to feed the world. View article in Science
21 July 2008
President of the Republic of Indonesia, Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono graces the third Indonesian Rice Week at the Indonesian Center for Rice Research (ICRR), Sukamandi, West Java. Seven IRRI scientists, six from headquarters, also attended.
31 July 2008
The start of the Second Green Revolution as suggested by IRRI Director General Robert Zeigler because this is when Uttar Pradesh farmer Asha Ram Pal decided not to plow up his long-flooded rice field and would wait to see if IRRI's flood-tolerant rice would actually survive. Read Zeigler's account of this in an article in the Economist
12 August 2008
H.E. President and Madame Pascal Couchepin of the Swiss Confederation visit IRRI. The group also visits the International Rice Genebank and the Long-term Continuous Cropping Experiment. Switzerland has been a long-time supporter of IRRI's research through its Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC). 
30 August 2008
In a Newsweek article, The price of survival, IRRI DG Robert Zeigler reacts to the Manila-based Asian Development Bank (ADB) new Asian poverty line. The revised poverty lines don't reflect a sudden drop in conditions. Instead, they represent an attempt by development economists to, as Dr. Zeigler puts it, get their "arms around the definition of poverty and articulate it in a way that [policymakers] can use effectively." To accomplish that, ADB proposed scrapping the $1-per-day poverty measure popularized by the World Bank in 1990 as an estimate of the per-person cost of procuring the 2,100 calories a day deemed necessary for human health.
7 October 2008
Achim Dobermann and Marco Wopereis, the deputy directors general for research for IRRI and the Africa Rice Center (AfricaRice), respectively, discuss how the two centers are working together to improve rice production in sub-Saharan Africa (SSA). After their presentations, WARDA DG Papa Seck and IRRI DG Robert Zeigler join them in a panel discussion and answer questions from the audience. View the YouTube video.
9 October 2008
IRRI and the National Taiwan University (NTU) reach a research cooperation agreement that establishes a partnership in rice-related research to boost global rice production. The agreement, signed by NTU President Lee Si-chen and IRRI DG Robert Zeigler, comes at a time when global rice stocks are at their lowest in a quarter of a century.
21 October 2008
(1) At a meeting of the 10-nation Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) in the Vietnamese capital of Hanoi, ministers of agriculture unanimously endorse the seven-point action plan presented by IRRI Development Director Duncan Macintosh. ASEAN includes two of the world’s largest rice exporters, Thailand and Vietnam, and several importing nations as well. (2) Rice Today magazine—the voice of rice—becomes even stronger with a new partnership announced in Thailand between IRRI and The Rice Trader, Inc. (TRT), publisher of the world’s premier publication on rice trade issues.
27 October 2008
The first phase of IRRI's 7th External Program and Management Review (EPMR) begins.
1 November 2008
A 9-day tour of research stations and farms in Bangladesh and India begins led by David Mackill, IRRI senior rice breeder, and marks the successful completion of the project, From genes to farmers’ fields: enhancing and stabilizing productivity of rice in submergence-prone environments, funded for the past 5 years by Germany’s Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ). View the YouTube video of the ceremonial harvest of a Sub1 rice plot in Bangladesh. Read the Rice Today feature about the trip.
24 November 2008
IRRI is featured on NBC Nightly News. View transcript.
2 December 2008
(1) DG Robert Zeigler attends the first meeting of the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) to be held outside the United States in Hong Kong. He is on hand to witness the announcement of an IRRI commitment, Rice power: Using rice residues for bio-energy and climate change mitigation. (2) During the CGIAR annual general meeting in Maputo, Mozambique, IRRI's revitalized International Network for Genetic Evaluation of Rice (INGER) wins the 2008 CGIAR Science Award for Outstanding Scientific Support Team.
5 December 2008
For their landmark research leading to the development of flood-tolerant rice that can benefit farmers in flood-prone areas worldwide, Julia Bailey-Serres of UC Riverside, Pamela Ronald of UC Davis, and IRRI's David Mackill were honored by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) with the 2008 USDA National Research Initiative Discovery Award. The three scientists are, or have been, principal investigators on grants the USDA has awarded them for rice research. Their research achievements were celebrated at a ceremony at UC Riverside on 5 December.
7 January 2009
Prof. Jeffrey Sachs, director of The Earth Institute and professor of health policy and management at Columbia University, visits IRRI to learn more about the Institute.
20 January 2009
An international agreement is signed between IRRI and Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) to support and facilitate India's rice research for the next 3 years helping the nation's rice production at a time of unprecedented price volatility and subsequent need for revitalization of food production.
26 January 2009
During ceremonies opening Sri Lanka's new Rice Technology Training Center at the Rice Research and Development Institute, an award iss presented to IRRI, which was accepted by Deputy DG for Research Achim Dobermann. Agriculture minister Hemakumara Nanayakkara gives the award to the Institute for the cooperation it has extended in rice breeding activities in Sri Lanka.
5 February 2009
Gene Hettel, Communication and Publications Services, and Atty. Ildefonso Jimenez, Legal Services Office, participate in the Regional Conference on Creative Commons (CC) in Manila and share their experiences with CC, following the Institute's recent change in copyright policy from “all” rights reserved to “some” rights reserved.
9 February 2009
Kari's garden is dedicated in a moving ceremony in memory of Kari Otsuka, spouse of Kei Otsuka, former chair of IRRI's Board of Trustees (2004-07). View the YouTube video.
10 February 2009
IRRI's fundraising arm, the Foundation for the International Rice Research Institute Ltd., is renamed becoming the International Rice Research Institute Fund Ltd. as decided during the first meeting of the Foundation's Board of Directors at IRRI headquarters.
13 February 2009
The final phase of IRRI's EPMR7 concludes with a summary of the final report to IRRI staff presented by review panel chair Greg Edmeades, the bottom line of which is that IRRI meets high standards in the conduct and management of science, partnerships with NARES and ARIs, financial management, and leadership within and outside, and that overall the Institute does things well.
14 February 2009
J.K. Ladha, senior scientist and coordinator of the of the Rice-Wheat Consortium and IRRI representative for India, is elected as a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS).
20 February 2009
IRRI Director General Robert Zeigler joins a panel discussion in New York City, jointly sponsored by the Asia Society and Oxfam America, which asks the question: is it time for another Green Revolution?
27 February 2009
The Uttar Pradesh State Varietal Release Committee officially releases Swarna Sub1 (Improved Swarna), the first such variety to be released in India. Read more
7 March 2009
IRRI Director General Robert Zeigler, accompanied by BOT member Mohammed Syeduzzaman and IRRI scientist Abdelbagi Ismail, meet with leaders from the government and private sectors in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA). Dr. Zeigler gives a presentation on how IRRI's work could make a difference in nation's efforts to secure a rice supply and take part in international efforts on food security and poverty elimination. 
16 March 2009
During the Reuters Food and Agriculture Summit, IRRI Director General Robert Zeigler estimates that billions of dollars a year need to be invested in infrastructure such as new irrigation systems and new technology to boost yields in rice fields. 
25 March 2009
Monsanto Company announces a $10 million grant to establish Monsanto's Beachell-Borlaug International Scholars Program, which will help identify and support young scientists interested in improving research and production in rice and wheat, two of the world's most important staple crops, through plant breeding techniques. 
27 March 2009
Gene Hettel, Communication and Publications Services, discusses IRRI's experiences in adopting and using Creative Commons to facilitate the dissemination of rice knowledge and technology during a symposium in Taiwan on common use licensing of publicly funded scientific data and publications.
30 March 2009
Prime Minister Michael Somare of Papua New Guinea visits IRRI.
5 April 2009
The C4 Rice Project, supported by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, is launched at IRRI. The project involves a consortium of scientists who will work together to discover the cassette of plant genes responsible for the greatest known efficiency of solar energy conversion in plant photosynthesis.
17 April 2009
IRRI recognizes nationally recruited staff: Anita "Annie" Boling and Alvaro "Varoy" Pamplona for Outstanding Scientific Achievement in 2008, Anicio Macahia for Outstanding Research Support, and the Program Planning and Coordination Team for Outstanding Administrative Support.
21 April 2009
The permanent exhibit, The Grain That Sustains a Nation: Rice in China, opens at the IRRI Riceworld Museum.
22 April 2009
IRRI's Rice Thesaurus goes live on the Internet via the website of the National Agricultural Library (NAL), Agricultural Research Service, United States Department of Agriculture.
27 April 2009
The ADB-funded IRRI project to reduce vulnerability of crops to preharvest losses caused by planthopper pest outbreaks inaugurates a network of researchers to develop standard protocols in monitoring insecticide resistance of rice pests. Read more
29 April 2009
The Executive Board of the Global Crop Diversity Trust meets at IRRI to discuss strategic issues relating to genetic resources.
18 May 2009
Twenty-eight participants from 16 countries in Asia, Africa, Oceania, Europe, and North America are at IRRI for the third offering of the Rice: Research to Production (RR2P) course of the Training Center.
25 May 2009
A new decision tool, Nutrient Manager for Rice, which helps rice farmers in the Philippines optimize their use of nutrient inputs, is made available on the Web.
28 May 2009
IRRI Director General Robert Zeigler receives the 2009 E.C. Stakman Award for outstanding achievements in and contributions to plant pathology.
30 May 2009
IRRI's 2007 Annual Report on DVD wins the Outstanding Professional Skill (OPS) Award in the 2009 Critique and Awards Program of the Association for Communication Excellence (ACE) in Agriculture, Natural Resources, and Life and Human Sciences.
1 June 2009
IRRI and the CGIAR are featured in the June issue of National Geographic Magazine in its feature, The global food crisis: The end of plenty.
15 June  2009
The keys to the new office of the IRRI Fund Singapore (IFS) are formally handed over by a representative of Singapore’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
22 June 2009
Gurdev Khush, former principal plant breeder at IRRI, begins a 5-year stint as eminent professor at the Graduate School of Biotechnology of Kyung-Hee University in Suwon, South Korea.
14 July 2009
IRRI's Rice Database, maintained by the IRRI Library, is the 2009 recipient of the Association of College and Research Libraries Science and Technology Oberly Award for Bibliography in the Agricultural or Natural Sciences.   
15 July 2009
In partnership with Asia Congress, IRRI begins a 3-day Postharvest Rice Conference and Exhibition in Bangkok at the Queen Sirikit National Convention Center .
18 July 2009
Former IRRI Board of Trustees member (2001-2003) Mike Gale passes away. Dr.Gale was a John Innes Foundation Emeritus Fellow, a Professorial Fellow in the School of Biological Sciences, University of East Anglia, and a Member of the CGIAR Science Council.
29 July 29 2009
A research team led by IRRI publishes in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS) findings that emanate from the scrutiny  of the genomes of 20 different types of genetically diverse rice used in international breeding. View article.
26 August 2009
IRRI Director General Robert Zeigler and Spokesperson Duncan Macintosh have a royal audience with His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej of Thailand at the King's Klai Kangwan Palace in the coastal city of Hua Hin. They discuss the International Rice Genebank and IRRI's work in Thailand.
7 September 2009
A memorandum of understanding is signed in Singapore between IRRI and Syngenta to closely collaborate in undertaking rice research, build scientific capacity, and establish a Scientific Know-how Exchange Program (SKEP).
28 September 2009
(1) Gurdev Khush, former IRRI principal breeder, receives the 2008 Mahathir Science Award from Mohd Najib, Prime Minister of Malaysia. It is Malaysia's most prestigious award for the tropical sciences. (2) IRRI begins to assist affected families in the Los Baños and Bay areas in the aftermath of Typhoon Ondoy.
8 October 2009
During a book launch at the headquarters of the Asian Development Bank in Manila, IRRI Director General Robert Zeigler reviews the importance of the long-term IRRI-ADB partnership in conducting rice research. View the YouTube video clip.
11 October 2009
A workshop organized by IRRI on rice and drought begins as a satellite event of the 3rd International Conference on Integrated Approaches to Improve Crop Production Under Drought-prone Environments in Shanghai, China.
13 October 2009
In Yangon, Myanmar, U Ohn Myint, deputy minister of the Myanmar Ministry of Agriculture and Irrigation; Carmen Thoennissen of the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation; and Noel Magor, head of IRRI Training Center officially launch the website Good Agricultural Practices (GAP) for Irrigated Rice developed by IRRI through the Irrigated Rice Research Consortium
25 October 2009
US Secretary of Agriculture Thomas Vilsack, US Ambassador to the Philippines Kristie Kenney, and Philippine Agriculture Secretary Arthur Yap visit IRRI to discuss rice production in the Philippines and how rice research can help improve the health and welfare of farmers and consumers, result in a better environment, and cope with climate change. View the YouTube video.
26 October 2009
The Municipality of Los Banos, Laguna, Philippines, unanimously approves a council resolution that extends to IRRI "our deepest gratitude and thanks for helping and giving  their all-out support in the form of financial/medical assistance and other materials/goods to our constituencies as victims of Typhoon Ondoy on 26 September 2009." IRRI photos on Flickr of the disaster garnered around 1 million views.
16 November 2009
Her Royal Highness Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn of Thailand officially opens the 6th International Rice Genetics Symposium at the Manila Hotel. The 3-day conference is being attended by 777 scientists, researchers, exhibitors, and members of the media is the largest gathering of scientists ever hosted by IRRI in the Philippines. View the YouTube video.
17 November 2009
IRRI embarks on its 50th anniversary celebrations to acknowledge how rice science has helped address food security, and to emphasize the ongoing need for rice science to tackle the challenges of poverty and climate change. Her Royal Highness Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn of Thailand formally launches IRRI's 50th anniversary at IRRI’s headquarters in the Philippines, which will include 12 months of special activities to draw the world’s attention to rice—the crop that feeds half the world—and opportunities to achieve global food security. View YouTube video.
20 November 2009
(1) The 3rd Foundation Day Lecture of the KIIT School of Rural Management, a constituent of KIIT University, is delivered by IRRI Director General Robert Zeigler. (2) Around 370 out of the 777 participants in the 6th Rice Genetics Symposium held in Manila come to IRRI for a tour of the research complex and experimental plots.
25 November 2009
In the face of unrelenting pressure on Asian rice production, IRRI launches a US$300 million fund-raising campaign during a special program held in Singapore to support rice research to help find sustainable solutions. Via a special video prepared ahead of time for the event, Jeff Raikes, CEO of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, gives a message of support for the campaign. The IRRI Fund and its website are unveiled.
10 December 2009
To celebrate the 50th birthday of IRRI, a significant event in the history of agricultural research, a party was held at the Ramon Magsaysay Center in Manila. Joining the celebration were Philippine President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo; former Philippine President Fidel V. Ramos; ambassadors to the Philippines from Asia, Europe, and North America; Philippine government officials; donors; the private sector; and IRRI staff. View the YouTube video of President Arroyo's arrival and comments from IRRI Director General Robert Zeigler.
13 December 2009
IRRI celebrates is 50th birthday with a fiesta for all staff and families at headquarters in Los Baños, Philippines. View YouTube video clip of the fireworks grand finale. View YouTube playlist of 39 videos featuring the various activities tied to IRRI's 50th anniversary starting on this date and continuing through 2010.
1 January 2010
Roland Buresh, Jagdish Ladha, Hei Leung, David Mackill, and To Phuc Tuong are promoted to principal scientist status.
5 March 2010
Serving various rice dishes prepared by volunteers, IRRI features a booth for the first time at the annual Food Festival of the Brent International School in Manila where many students of IRRI families attend. View YouTube video.
14 April 2010
(1) Two historical markers (one in English and one in Tagalog) are unveiled at IRRI headquarters, which designate that IRRI is a national historical site in the Philippines, as recognized by the National Historical Institute (NHI; view the YouTube video). (2) Also during its 50th anniversary celebration, IRRI unveils two large plaques designating 332 pioneers who worked at IRRI with its first director general, Robert F. Chandler, during the period from December 1959 to February 1962. Mr. Faustino Salacup, guest of honor and former IRRI assistant treasurer; executive officer; controller; director, protocol and liaison (1961-89), responds on behalf of all the pioneers listed (view the YouTube video). (3) Following a busy day of 50th anniversary activities,fireworks breaks out over the IRRI rice plots (view the YouTube video). (4) The Philippine Postal Corporation (PPC) issues a set of four stamps celebrating the Institute's important work in rice research for the world, much of it done in IRRI's host country. View the YouTube video shown during the stamp issuing ceremony and view the YouTube video of Postmaster General Hector Villanueva's comments and the signing of the first-day cover.
27 September 2010
A task force report, Never an Empty Bowl: sustaining Food Security in Asia, is jointly released by the Asia Society and IRRI during a special event at the Ford Foundation in New York City. View a YouTube video produced by the Asia Society especially for this event.
30 September 2010
Give2Asia, in collaboration with the Asia Foundation and the Asia Society, host an event in San Francisco to introduce the Asia Society-IRRI task force report mentioned above in 27 September. Discussed were the current findings in rice research will affect food security and sustainability in Asia. See two YouTube video clips (15:01 and 10:20) that feature the question-and-answer session between the guest speakers and the audience.
13 October 2010
During a luncheon at the World Food Prize (WFP) events in Des Moines, Iowa, IRRI is recognized for its five decades of achievement and it is also noted that nine WFP laureates have worked, served, or studied at IRRI or have partnered with the Institute over the years. View a 22-video playlist on YouTube featuring IRRI's activities at this week-long event, 11-14-October.
14 October 2010
During the World Food Prize ceremonies at the Iowa State Capitol, Ms. Lauren Schefter of Mount Vernon, Iowa, is presented with the Elaine Szymoniak Award for her work as an IRRI intern in the Grain Quality, Nutrition, and Postharvest Center. View the YouTube video.
9 November 2010
Director General Robert Zeigler gives his welcoming remarks during the opening ceremonies of the 3rd International Rice Congress that will run through 12 November. View the YouTube video. (2) During the opening ceremonies of the 3rd IRC, the Vietnamese Government bestows upon IRRI its First Class Friendship Order on the occasion of the Institute's 50th anniversary. (3) During the opening ceremonies of the 3rd IRC, Vietnam awards nine Merit Medals to IRRI scientists "for the cause of Science and Technology development of Vietnam" (Robert Zeigler, Achim Dobermann, Gurdev Khush, Darshan Singh Brar, Roland Buresh, Tô Phúc Tường, Kong Luen Heong, Abdelbagi Ismail, and Grant Singleton) and "for the cause of agriculture and rural development of Vietnam by a decree signed by the minister of science and technology. (4) Also during the IRC opening ceremonies, six IRRI scientists are recognized with Merit Awards for their agriculture and rural development work: William Padolina, David Mackill, Sushil Pandey, David Johnson, Martin Gummert, and Julian Lapitan. View a set of 45 videos on YouTube which includes highlights from the opening ceremonies, two book launchings, and selected sessions of the first-ever International Rice Policy and Investment Conference (IRPIC) and the 28th International Rice Research Conference (IRRC28), both held as part of the Congress.
10 November 2010
(1) The first-ever International Rice Policy & Investment Conference kicks off as part of the 3rd International Rice Congress (IRC2010). View a playlist of 21 videos of selected presentations on YouTube. (2) Carlos Perez del Castillo, chair of the CGIAR Consortium Board, formally launches the Global Rice Science Partnership (GRiSP) during a gala dinner held as part of the International Rice Congress in Hanoi, Vietnam. View the YouTube video.
3 January 2011
The Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel University of Agriculture and Technology in Meerut honors IRRI Director General Robert Zeigler by naming its new soil- and plant-testing laboratory after him.
13 January 2011
David Mackill, IRRI principal scientist and long time rice breeder at the Institute (1982-91 and 2001-10), gives his exit seminar during which he discusses 35 years of progress in developing stress-tolerant rice. Watch video of seminar. Also watch excerpts from his Dr. Makill’s pioneer interview.
18 January 2011
Illumina, Inc., a developer of life science tools, announces the Illumina Agricultural Greater Good (AGG) initiative to help spur critically needed research in identifying and breeding plants and animals that will increase the sustainability, productivity, and nutritional density of agricultural and livestock species. 
20 January 2011
(1) Senior officials and scientists of the Indonesian Agency for Agricultural Research and Development (IAARD), other agencies of the Ministry of Agriculture, and other institutions of the national agricultural research and extension systems (NARES) of Indonesia met with IRRI representatives in Jakarta and Bogor to review and assess the progress of the 2007-10 collaboration. (2) Gurdev Khush, member of the U.S. National Academy of Sciences; adjunct professor, University of California, Davis; and former head of IRRI’s Plant Breeding Genetics and Biotechnology division, received the Doctor of Science (honoris causa) degree from Indira Gandhi Agricultural University.
23 January 2011
Tom Hargrove, 66, long-time IRRI editor and head of Communication and Publications Services (1973-91), passes away unexpectedly because of a heart attack on Sunday afternoon in Texas. He turned his 1994-95 experience as a kidnap victim in the Colombian mountains into a best-selling book, Long March to Freedom, which was one source of the major Hollywood movie, Proof of Life. Read more.
30 January 2011
The Voice of America features IRRI Senior Scientist Jauhar Ali and IRRI Adjunct Scientist Jan Leach, who is a rice researcher based at Colorado State, who discuss Green Super Rice project, which involves the development of rice varieties that require much less water, fertilizer, and pesticide than modern types of rice do. Read more and listen to broadcast on the VOA site.
4 February 2011
In the journal Science, via the article, With Reforms Under Way, International Centers Ask: Where Is the Money?, IRRI Directore General Robert Zeigler, says of GRiSP (the Global Rice Science Partnership) that: “It is the first time there is a global research approach to address issues relevant to rice. It's a big step forward.” Approved by the CGIAR Fund Council last November, it is expected to be a 5-year, $600 million endeavor to shave 13% off the expected rise in rice prices by 2035 and lift 150 million people out of poverty. Read full article in Science; subscription only.
11 February 2011
Marcos R. Vega, former IRRI deputy director general who served the Institute for 15 years (1971-86), passes away.
15 February 2011
Robert "Bob" Huggan, 79, head of IRRI’s Information Center/CPS (1993-97) and a senior advisor, External Operations (1997-98), passes away in Montpellier, France, after a lengthy illness. He was an expert in public awareness, donor relations, appropriate dissemination of scientific research results, R&D communications, cross-cultural communications, and information management. Related tribute.
16 February 2011
IRRI Director General Robert Zeigler visits the Tamil Nadu Rice Research Institute (TRRI) in Aduthurai. He inspected various IRRI-TRRI collaborative research activities under the Cereal Systems Initiative for South Asia (CSISA) and discusses with scientists techniques for extending rice research in this partnership to benefit rice farmers. Read more in The Hindu.
28 February 2011
The 2010 BBVA Foundation Frontiers of Knowledge Award in the Development Cooperation category is awarded to IRRI for its contribution to “reducing poverty and hunger in the world by means of rice research and farmer training,” in the words of the jury’s citation. Read more.
5 March 2011
Noel Magor, head of IRRI Training Center, is recognized during the 7th International Integrated Rice Duck Farming Conference in Sylhet, Bangladesh. 
7 March 2011
The TTC Genetic Resources invites research staff on its first-ever field tour. There is an amazing turnout of visitors, who are given an opportunity to view the wonderful world of rice genetic resources, particularly of the cultivated varieties. 
18 March 2011
P. Stephen Baenziger, Eugene Price Distinguished Professor in the Department of Agronomy and Horticulture, University of Nebraska-Lincoln and IRRI BOT member, wins the university’s Outstanding Research and Creative Activity Award.
21 March 2011
(1) The 3-day fourth annual meeting of the Hybrid Rice Research and Development Consortium (HRDC) is kicks off at IRRI headquarters. (2) The Department for International Development (DFID) launches Climate Week with its inaugural awards to celebrate the UK’s most innovative, effective, and ambitious organizations, communities, and individuals and their efforts to combat climate change. IRRI’s Scuba Rice project (flood-tolerant rice) wins the award for “Best Initiative by a Governmental or Statutory Body.”
22 March 2011
Lloyd Le Page, the first chief executive officer of the new CGIAR Consortium, begins a 3-day visit to IRRI headquarters during which time he tours the Institute’s facilities and attends the GRiSP Monitoring and Evaluation Workshop and portions of the 4th annual meeting of the Hybrid Rice Development Consortium. Read more.
23 March 2011
Bill and Melinda Gates, co-chairs of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF), and party visit the research farms of the Indian Council of Agricultural Research in Patna. They receive briefings on the ongoing activities of Stress-tolerant rice for poor farmers in Africa and South Asia (STRASA) and the Cereal Systems Initiative for South Asia (CSISA), two important projects supported by BMGF. Read more on CSISA Web site
28 March 2011
(1) In the journal Nature, IRRI Director General Robert Zeigler states that “Collaboration can boost citation impact, spread costs and broaden research horizons. It has, for example, enabled IRRI researchers to tackle scientific questions on a scale once thought impossible.” Read story in Nature News. (2) A workshop, 12 steps to successful rice production, kicks off a 5-day rice production workshop at the Umbeluzi Research Station in southern Mozambique, the first of its kind in the country. 
5 April 2011
(1) The Stress-tolerant rice for poor farmers in Africa and South Asia (STRASA) Project completes its Phase 1 activities banking on a strong base with advances made in developing varieties tolerant of abiotic stresses and their widespread dissemination and adoption in the last 3 years and with a 3-day inception meeting and planning workshop that officially launches Phase 2 (through December 2013). (2) David Mackill, former IRRI plant breeder, who has signed up as IRRI consultant for 3 years, is given a plaque of appreciation for his contributions to rice research and development in South Asia (India, Bangladesh, and Nepal) and Africa.
7 April 2011
Through an AusAid contribution of A$15.4 million to IRRI, Australia is extends the capacity of IRRI’sresearch by supporting the construction of a new state-of-the-art Plant Growth Center and upgrades of IRRI’s experimental farm. Each plays an important role for research into increased productivity and improved management practices to produce more rice for a growing global population against a backdrop of increasing pressures on production.
9 April 2011
Addressing the 46th Annual Rice Research Group Meeting held by ICAR’s Directorate of Rice Research (DRR), IRRI Director General Robert Zeigler says investments in agriculture have been far too low and need to be doubled in the next couple of decades to maintain what the global community has achieved so far in terms of food security. Read more in India’s Business Standard.
14 April 2011
IRRI and national rice research institutes in Bangladesh and the Philippines join with Helen Keller International (HKI), a leading global health organization that reduces blindness and prevents malnutrition worldwide, in a new effort to further develop and evaluate Golden Rice as a potential tool to reduce vitamin A deficiency.
26 April 2011
Sushil Pandey, senior scientist in IRRI's Social Sciences Division, is recognized by the Nepal Agricultural Research Council (NARC) for his contributions to rice research.
26 April 2011
The project aiming to develop novel Multiparent Advanced Generation Intercross (MAGIC) populations in rice held a field tour at the IRRI farm to showcase the wide array of genetic variation being expressed for important traits in advanced MAGIC materials. Read more.
17 May 2011
Staff members in IRRI’s Communication and Publications Services (CPS) win two Gold Awards (first place) in the Publishing Category of the 2011 Critique and Awards (C&A) Program of the Association for Communication Excellence (ACE). IRRI’s 2009 Annual Report won in the Electronic Publishing Class and The IRRI Pioneer Interviews, conducted by Gene Hettel, won in the Editing Class. Read more.
20 May 2011
DG Robert Zeigler is one of three persons of eminence conferred the honorary degree (honoris causa) of doctor of science by the Govind Ballabh Pant University of Agriculture and Technology (GBPUA&T) in Pantnagar, Uttarakhand, India, during the 27th Convocation of the University. Read more.
24 May 2011
Roland Buresh, IRRI principal scientist, is named a laureate of the 2011 Norman Borlaug Award of the International Fertilizer Industry Association. He is recognized for his work in "transforming the scientific concept of site-specific nutrient management to innovative knowledge transfer tools based on decision-support software, the Internet, mobile phones and field practices readily usable by rice growers.”
31 May 2011
Kshirod K. Jena, senior scientist for plant breeding and IRRI representative to the Republic of Korea, is presented a most prestigious award by the Rural Development Administration (RDA) for his outstanding contributions and service to the development of agricultural research and cooperation between RDA and IRRI.
6 June 2011
The IRRI community bade farewell to To Phuc Tuong, principal scientist in the Crop and Environmental Sciences Division, who for more than 20 years served the Institute in different capacities: as water scientist, theme leader of the Challenge Program on Water and Food, division head, and acting deputy director general for research. View the YouTube video.
15 July 2011
After a global search, IRRI announces the appointment of Eero A. J. Nissilä as its Head of Plant Breeding, Genetics, and Biotechnology (PBGB) and leader of GRISP Theme 2: Accelerating the development, delivery, and adoption of improved rice varieties.
16 July 2011
Sam Mohanty, IRRI economist and SSD head, is presented with the prestigious Glory of India Award in New Delhi.
5 August 2011
IRRI and the Asia Rice Foundation sponsor readings of the children's book, The Adventures of Gabby Ghas, at local elementary schools in Laguna Province. Read more
7 August 2011
The International Association for the Plant Protection Sciences (IAPPS) pays tribute to IRRI Director General Robert Zeigler by presenting him with an International Plant Protection Award of Distinction on Sunday during its annual meeting in Honolulu, Hawaii. He was recognized for his outstanding contributions to international plant protection; first for his research, then for his work in agricultural development and research leadership and management contributions.
22 August 2011
IRRI is one of the recipients of the first Mobile Bayani Awards in Manila for its development of the Nutrient Manager for Rice application, which enables farmers and extension agents to obtain site-specific fertilizer advice using a simple mobile phone.
24 August 2011
J.K. Ladha is awarded the 2011 International Service in Agronomy Award from the American Society of Agronomy.
30 August 2011
Southeast Asian rice farmers are harvesting an extra US$1.46 billion worth of rice a year as a result of rice breeding—he science that brings new rice varieties to farmers—by IRRI, according to an Australian report. View related animated YouTube video.
5 September 2011
(1) A 4-day fourth steering committee meeting of the Temperate Rice Research Consortium (TRRC) kicks off at the All-Russian Rice Research Institute (ARRRI) in Krasnoda, Russia. The meeting is unique as it is being attended by 85 scientists from 16 TRRC member countries, including scientists from IRRI and ARRRI. (2) The Zhejiang Academy of Agricultural Sciences (ZAAS) and the Rice Planthopper Project, headed by IRRI's K.L. Heong, jointly organize a workshop at ZAAS in Hangzhou, China, in which several advanced methods for insecticide resistance research and monitoring are discussed and planned.
28 September 2011
One-hundred twenty staff members of IRRI's Crop and Environmental Sciences Division (CESD) and 21 from other IRRI units participate in the first PestEval. The event showcases management practices for common pests at the IRRI farm and greenhouses.
7 October 2011
(1) Members of the Global Rice Science Partnership (GRiSP) meet at IRRI headquarters for a review of all GRiSP work in Asia and for the GRiSP Global Forum (photo). View an overview video by Achim Dobermann. (2) M.A. Hamid Miah, retiring IRRI liaison scientist for Bangladesh, is recognized for 10 years of service to the Institute. View the YouTube video.
10 October 2011
Joyce Kikafunda, member of the IRRI Board of Trustees, is presented with a Council Award as an outstanding scientist by the African Crop Science Society (ACSS).
11 October 2011
Members of the IRRI Board of Trustees, led by Chair Emerlinda Roman, Director General Robert Zeigler, Deputy Director General for Research Achim Dobermann visit Orissa to tour flood-hit areas. The group also stops at the Central Rice Research Institute (CRRI) in Cuttack. Dr. Zeigler mentions the release of many rice varieties, including Swarna-Sub1 and Sahbhagi Dhan, as among the good outcomes of the long-term partnership of IRRI and CRRI.
17 October 2011
In conjunction with World Food Day 2011, the Science Centre Singapore and the International Rice Research Institute Fund, Singapore (IRRI Fund) team up to present a thought-provoking exhibition titled “9 Billion Mouths to Feed.” The exhibition and accompanying series of educational programs (at the Science Centre, 17 October-14 November, takes a hard look at food security, in particular Asia’s rice supply.
27 October 2011
A partnership spanning almost half a century is the backdrop of the visit by the president of Vietnam, Truong Tan Sang, to IRRI headquarters. IRRI Director General Robert Zeigler, officials of the Laguna provincial government, and Philippine Agriculture Secretary Proceso Alcala receive President Sang and his delegation, with Dr. Zeigler briefing the Vietnamese officials about IRRI’s work with Vietnam.
21 November 2011
K.L. Heong, IRRI entomologist, is inducted into the Third World Academy of Science (TWAS) at Academy headquarters in Trieste, Italy. The honor is conferred to Dr. Heong for his contributions to the agricultural sciences and sustainable development.
29 November 2011
The Sustainable Rice Platform (SRP), which aims to make rice production and consumption more sustainable, is launched at an international forum held at IRRI. The SRP is a multistakeholder platform to promote resource efficiency and sustainable trade flows, production and consumption operations, and supply chains in the global rice sector. It is co-convened by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and IRRI.
9 December 2011
(1) The IRRI community bid farewell to Darshan Brar, IRRI plant breeder, 1987-2011, who devoted more than 25 years of dedicated service to the Institute, spanning rice research to administration, education, and supporting national programs in developing countries. View the YouTube video. (2) The community also bids farewell to Sushil Pandey, long-time senior agricultural economist, Social Sciences Division, 1993-2011, who conducted socioeconomic research on constraints to the adoption of direct seeding in lowlands and many other projects. View the YouTube video.
5 January 2012
Deputy Director General for Research Achim Dobermann and experiment station head Leigh Vial begin the IRRI Agronomy Challenge, a unique project in which they demonstrate how to grow a productive rice crop in a 25 x 100-meter field on IRRI's research farm. View the YouTube video where they set the stage. View 19-video playlist of the entire project, which runs through 22 June. Also see Rice Today feature.
9 January 2012
A ribbon-cutting ceremony officially reopens the Riceworld Museum after several months of renovation and installation of new exhibits. View the YouTube video.
10 January 2012
Rice Today celebrates its milestone 10th anniversary.
27 January 2012
IRRI's Crop and Environmental Sciences Division (CESD) holds the 1st Paddy Fest—a half-day of games that allows staff members to experience rice production processes right in the mud. The event involves 148 CESD staff, divided into 4 color teams led by CESD scientists Bas Bouman, Liz Humphreys, Krishna Jagadish, and Sarah Beebout.
1 February 2012
Rice research now has a major documented impact in Southeast Asia compared with other agricultural research investments, according to a report published in the February issue of the science journal Agricultural Systems. The report shows that around 90% of total documented benefits of agricultural research over the last 5 decades in Southeast Asia was due to rice research. “This means that if you want to help people in SE Asia increase the amount of food they produce-which can lead to reduced hunger, better nutrition, higher returns, and better lifetime prospects for farmers, their families, and communities-then rice research is a good choice,” says IRRI DG Robert Zeigler.
14 February 2012
Michael T. Jackson and John Sheehy, two former IRRI scientists from the UK, are included in the 2012 Honours List by Queen Elizabeth II. They are each awarded an OBE, in a formal investiture held at Buckingham Palace, making them Officers of the Order of the British Empire. The dynamic duo is awarded for services to international food science and agricultural research and development, including for their work in helping countries address food security by developing climate-resilient crops at IRRI.
15 February 2012
A new project in India, Improved Rice-based Rainfed Agricultural Systems in Bihar (IRRAS), is launched by the Catholic Relief Services (CRS) and IRRI. Supported by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the project will build and interconnect an integrated adaptive research pipeline with a knowledge exchange system by leveraging stakeholders in order to generate and disseminate agronomic technologies to 50,000 smallholder farmers in rice-based rainfed lowlands in Bihar, targeting drought-prone and submergence-prone environments.
2 March 2012
More than 500 rice farmers from 22 municipalities across Laguna—the province that hosts IRRI's headquarters—spend the day learning and providing feedback on rice technologies being tested and developed by the Institute.
21 March 2012
IRRI DG Robert Zeigler inaugurates new and added office space for the IRRI India Office in New Delhi on 21 March 2012 in a simple ceremony. The new office facility is located at Rajendra Place, opposite the Indian Agricultural Research Institute (IARI) campus and 4 kilometers from the IIO in Pusa.
27 March 2012
The Hybrid Rice Development Consortium (HRDC) holds its 5th annual meeting at IRRI headquarters attended by 95 participants, composed of 83 HRDC members and 12 observers.
10 April 2012
Bruce Tolentino arrives as IRRI’s new deputy director general for communications and partnerships (DDG-CP). Dr. Tolentino replaces William Padolina, who retired from IRRI in November 2011 after 12 years of service to the Institute. Before joining IRRI, Bruce Tolentino previously worked with The Asia Foundation.
11 April 2012
Stress-tolerant rice for poor farmers in Africa and South Asia (STRASA) is recognized by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF) as a flagship project for investment in agriculture by Richard Caldwell, senior program officer for monitoring and evaluation for the agricultural sector of the BMGF the inaugural session of STRASA’s 3-day review and planning workshop held at the Central Soil Salinity Research Institute (CSSRI) in Karnal, India.
12 April 2012
The IRRI community bids Willy and Tina Padolina a fond farewell at a dinner on Thursday evening. View YouTube video in which Director General Robert Zeigler highlights Dr. Padolina's contributions to the Institute since 1999 and Dr. Padolina responds.
13 April 2012
The sixth annual NRS Awards ceremony recognizes the important contribution of nationally recruited staff (NRS) to IRRI’s work and formally rewards outstanding performance. The 2011 NRS Awards include Outstanding Scientific Achievement: Pup1 Team (Plant Breeding, Genetics, and Biotechnology Division, working on candidate genes for tolerance of abiotic stress) composed of Sheryl C. Catausan, Anthony M. Cruz, Cheryl O. Dalid, Rico L. Gamuyao, and Eraño G.Ramos; Outstanding Research Support: Marlon C. Guerra, Specialist (applications programmer) of the Crop and Environmental Sciences Division; and, Outstanding Administrative Support: Anilyn D. Maningas, Assistant Manager II at the Training Center. View the video onYouTube.
25 April 2012
IRRI formally unveils the new home for its Center for the Social Sciences in Drilon Hall with a ribbon-cutting ceremony and open house. View YouTube featuring the ribbon cutting ceremony and comments from IRRI DG Robert Zeigler and SSD Head Sam Mohanty and view YouTube video featuring the sequential progress of the building renovation that took place between February and December 2011.
26 April 2012
The Consortium for Unfavorable Rice Environments (CURE) holds its 11th annual steering committee meeting in Bangkok as it marks its 10 years of delivering solutions to low productivity in fragile rice environments in Asia.
12 June 2012
IRRI's 2010 annual report wins the 2012 Outstanding Professional Skill Award (best of the best) in the Publishing category of the Critique and Awards Program of the Association for Communications Excellence after already winning the Gold Award in the Electronic Publishing Class. The Gold Award is the IRRI annual report's third such distinction in the last 4 years. View the YouTube video.
9 July 2012
The IRRI South Asia Rice Breeding Hub at the International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT) in Hyderabad, India, is inaugurated by IRRI DG Robert Zeigler and ICRISAT DG William Dar. The hub is part of IRRI's strategy of targeted breeding efforts for South Asia, done in collaboration with national partners in various countries in the region, and is a step toward achieving the objectives of the CGIAR Research Program on Rice-Based Production Systems through GRiSP. Read more.
1 August 2012
Research by Tufts University and others published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition shows that the beta carotene produced by Golden Rice is as good as beta carotene in oil at providing vitamin A to children. The study demonstrates that children, who are among those most vulnerable to vitamin A deficiency, could benefit from Golden Rice as a steady source of the nutrient.
1 September 2012
Bas Bouman, formerly head of IRRI’s Crop and Environmental Sciences Division, assumes the directorship of the Global Rice Science Partnership (GRiSP)—the CGIAR research program for rice. Read more. Also see.
7 September 2012
Three IRRI scientists are among the recipients of the 2012 Ho Chi Minh Medal Prize, awarded during the 60th anniversary of the Vietnam Academy of Agricultural Sciences of the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development. They are Reiner Wassmann (senior scientist and coordinator, Rice and Climate Change Consortium), Gerard Barry (leader, Golden Rice Project, and coordinator, Golden Rice Network) and Romeo Labios (consultant, CLUES project).
10 September 2012
The 3-day 6th International Hybrid Rice Symposium kicks off in Hyderabad, India, gathering scientists and policymakers from around the world to discuss developments and issues on hybrid rice. Addressing about 450 delegates from 32 countries are China's Yuan Longping, the "Father of Hybrid Rice;" IRRI DG Robert Zeigler, S. Ayyappan, director general, Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR), and secretary for agricultural research and education; and Ashish Bahuguna, Indian secretary for agriculture and cooperation. Read more.
17 September 2012
Temperate rice research takes on a new direction as the Temperate Rice Research Consortium (TRRC) revises research strategies during its 3-day steering committee meeting at the Trakya Agricultural Research Institute in Edirne, Turkey. Read more.
8 October 2012
A busy week of activities kicks for the Global Rice Science Partnership (GRiSP) Asia Review and the 2nd Global Science Forum held at IRRI headquarters through 12 October. View the  YouTube video.
15 October 2012
IRRI and the Asian Development Bank (ADB) celebrate World Food Day 2012 at ADB headquarters in Manila during a 2-day food bazaar and exhibition. As part of the vent, IRRI stages a brown and white rice-tasting activity for ADB staff and visitors. Read more. View the YouTube video.
5 November 2012
The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF), the UK government, and IRRI put $14 million behind the C4 rice project for the next three years.
7 November 2012
A brief ribbon-cutting ceremony opens a month-long exhibit with the theme, Building the next generation of rice scientists: Beyond 50 years of IRRI scholarships, at IRRI headquarters. [Posters on exhibit] The exhibit celebrates the 50th anniversary of the arrival of the first scholar at IRRI in April 1962 and is sponsored by the IRRI Training Center and the Association of Fellows, Scholars, Trainees, and Residents of IRRI (AFSTRI). View the YouTube video. Also view a video of the recollections of Reynaldo Lantin, one of the Institute's first scholars (1 June 1962-1 June 1964).
8 November 2012
The first IRRI Young Scientists Conference (IYSC), Sustaining excellence in rice research, is held at IRRI Headquarters with more than 300 IRRI staff and researchers from other countries (Australia, Bangladesh, Benin, Bhutan, India, Iran, and Tanzania) attending. View YouTube video.
10 November 2012
Shri Ashish Bahuguna, secretary of the Ministry of Agriculture and Cooperation, Government of India, signs a memorandum of agreement with IRRI to further strengthen the Institute’s collaboration with one of the largest rice-producing and -consuming countries in the world. Read more.
11 November 2012
After many hours of intense hacking to produce apps for rice research over the weekend at IRRI, the first SMART-supported BigAs Hackathon successfully culminates with the announcement of winners. Read more. View YouTube video playlist showing demonstrations of the winners and comments of supporters.
12 November 2012
Planning for the project on diversification and intensification of rice-based systems in lower Myanmar is done in Maubin township, Ayeyarwady. The 4-year project includes research on cropping options to increase and sustain productivity of both rice-rice and rice-pulse cropping systems in the Ayeyarwady Delta and is one component of a program on improving food security and farmer livelihoods in Myanmar. Read more.
19 November 2012
The Rice Book for Kids by Norma O. Chikiamco is launched before a wide-eyed audience of children from schools near IRRI, which hosted the event. The 32-page book is a visual and colorful collection of facts about rice—how it is produced and processed, and how it is an important part of many cultures—written in simple and exciting language. Read more. View the YouTube video.
26 November 2012
The global rice research agenda is the focus of a plenary talk given by IRRI Director General Robert Zeigler during theThird International Agronomy Congress held at the Indian Agricultural Research Institute in New Delhi. Read more.
28 November 2012
In his Coromandel lecture, Cutting-Edge Rice Science for Food Security, Economic Growth, and Environmental Protection in India and Around the World, IRRI DG Robert Zeigler notes that IRRI and India have been working together since 1967 to develop and deliver ways to help Indian rice farmers improve the productivity of their rice crops. Climate change-ready rice varieties, water-saving technologies, more nutritious rice, better access to rice market information, and mobile apps to deliver advice to farmers are just some of the technologies he forecasts to help reduce poverty and improve food security.
29 November 2012
Rice breeding at IRRI marks a milestone in the Institute's mission to help feed the world—its 100,000th cross. A simple yet meaningful gathering marks the breeding milestone at the N.C. Brady Laboratory. Read more. View YouTube video playlist. Listen to podcast. Read Rice Today feature. Photos on Flickr.
3 December 2012
An agreement to help Filipino rice farmers produce more rice under the Philippines' Food Staples Sufficiency Program (FSSP) is signed by DA secretary Proceso Alcala and IRRI DG Robert Zeigler.
5 December 2012
Deputy DG for Research Achim Dobermann and Experiment Station Head Leigh Vial begin IRRI Agronomy Challenge 2, the continuation of a special project in which they demonstrate how to grow a productive rice crop in a 25 x 100-meter field on IRRI's research farm. View the YouTube video.
11 December 2012
IRRI Radio debuts via Soundcloud with an inaugural broadcast about the start of the Rice Survivor project.
23 December 2012
Dennis J. Greenland, former IRRI deputy director (1979-87), passes away in the UK. An internationally renowned soil scientist, Dr. Greenland contributed more than 180 papers to scientific journals and wrote three books, including Cherish the Earth (1994) and the IRRI book, The Sustainability of Rice Farming (1997). Read more.
24 December 2012
Yujiro Hayami, agricultural economist at IRRI (1974-77), passes away in Tokyo. A large part of the achievements of Yujiro, an internationally recognized agricultural economist, came from his experience at IRRI, including his intensive investigation over four decades of one village in eastern Laguna. Among his many works is the classic, A Rice Village Saga: Three Decades of Green Revolution in the Philippines, co-authored with Masao Kikuchi. Remembering Professor Yujiro Hayami.
25 January 2013
During the culmination event of the 30th Global Young Leaders Program (YLP) held in Makati, Philippines, the participants, who are professionals from different companies and non-profit organizations, present their recommendations on how to commercialize research outputs, like the Nutrient Manager for Rice, in a bid to reach a larger number of beneficiaries. Read more.
2 February 2013
Robert (Bob) Eugene Evenson passes away in New Haven, Connecticut. He was a visiting professor at the University of the Philippines and a longtime friend and partner of IRRI’s Social Sciences. Read more.
19 February 2013
Sarah Beebout, a soil chemist at IRRI, has made the list of Devex's recent Manila 40 Under 40 awards—a global program that recognizes 40 international development leaders under the age of 40 in cities around the world. Read more.
14 February 2013
Philippine President Benigno S. Aquino III visits IRRI to celebrate the National Year of Rice and to get a personal update on progress of the agreement between the Institute and the Philippine Department of Agriculture, which aims to support the delivery of research and extension services of the Food Staples Sufficiency Program. Read more. View the YouTube videoPhotos on Flickr.
25 February 2013
IRRI and Syngenta sign a cooperation agreement for the second phase of the Scientific Know-how and Exchange Program (SKEP II). SKEP II builds on the successes of the program’s first phase and includes more marker development for rice breeding, crop health management research, and expanding into rice reproductive biology, plant architecture, and yield genes.
6 March 2013
Hiram Gomez, Jr., senior manager at the IRRI Supply Chain Services, is named Supply Management Professional of the Year by the Philippine Institute for Supply Management (PISM) at the Supply Link 2013 International Conference. Read more.
12 March 2013
(1) Country partners from six rice bowls in Asia and IRRI scientists meet for the inception and planning workshop of the new project Closing Rice Yield Gaps in Asia (CORIGAP) last week at IRRI Headquarters. Read more. (2) In Sanya, Hainan Province, China, the Green Super Rice (GSR) Project formally launches its second phase in a meeting opened by David Bergvinson of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Read more.
14 March 2013
A GRiSP-sponsored gender forum featuring several speakers from country partners and non-government organizations is held at IRRI headquarters. Read more.
22 March 2013
At IRRI headquarters, Professor R. Ford Denison, adjunct professor of ecology, evolution, and behavior at the University of Minnesota, begins a special five-lecture series on Darwinian Agriculture. He tackles the following topics, related to his book, Darwinian Agriculture: How Understanding Evolution Can Improve Agriculture. View the lectures on YouTube playlist.
2 April 2013
Yuan Longping, regarded as the 'Father of Hybrid rice,' gives the keynote speech during the sixth annual meeting of members of the Hybrid Rice Development Consortium (HRDC) at IRRI headquarters. Professor Yuan talks about progress made in the breeding of 'super hybrid rice’. Read more.
5 April 2013
The seventh annual NRS awarding ceremony is held at IRRI, which recognizes the important contribution of NRS to the Institute’s work and formally awards outstanding performances. Read more to see winners | Photos on flickr
25 April 2013
Eva Corazon Pagcaliwagan Reyes —whose indefatigable, creative, and passionate service to IRRI spanned more than 35 years, making a difference in the lives of those she worked with and met at IRRI—passes away. Eves was secretary at CESD, president of SINoP and AISAS for several years, and IFEA representative for more than 10 years.
30 April 2013
Coromandel International Limited signs a memorandum of understanding with IRRI for cooperation in promoting and disseminating improved rice research technologies in India. The technologies covered in the agreement will help improve all aspects of rice cultivation, including seed quality, nutrient and crop management, water management, farm machinery, and postharvest processing. Read more.
3 May 2013
(1) To further strengthen its linkages with the international community, IRRI holds Ambassadors’ Day at headquarters. Forty-three guests include ambassadors, consuls, and representatives from donors, the Philippine Department of Foreign Affairs, and the Los Baños Science Community came for the day-long event. Read more. (2) As part of the Ambassadors’ Day, a 5-month long photo exhibit, Feathers in the Fields: The Birds of IRRI opens at the Riceword Museum, which showcases the many bird species that frequent IRRI’s rice farms through images captured by two of the country’s most passionate bird photographers, Tirso Paris and Fred Serrano. The exhibit also features videos and recorded bird sounds. Read more | View video playlist on YouTube | Read Rice Today Birds of IRRI features | View photos on Flickr.
7 May 2013
IRRI hosts a new international research hub, which opens in Hanoi, Vietnam, to develop climate-smart farming technologies that reduce the impact of climate change on food production in Vietnam and across Southeast Asia. Read more.
17 May 2013
The Institute bids farewell to Bill Hardy, who retires after more than 14 years as a senior science editor and publisher in Communication and Publications Services. Read more | View the YouTube video.
30 May 2013
Bangladesh’s first 5-ton flatbed rice dryer is installed at Rupdia, Jessore, through an agreement made between Ali Seed Farm and the Cereal Systems Initiative for South Asia Bangladesh (CSISA-BD), under its postharvest component. Read more | View the YouTube video.
10 June 2013
To help unleash the great potential of promising students in Asia to help feed the region into the future, a US$ 3 million donation establishes the Lee Foundation Rice Scholarship Program to educate and train a new generation of rice scientists. Read more View the YouTube video on the importance of Training the next generation of rice scientists at IRRI.
11 June 2013
A US$12 million investment in rice research has returned more than $70 million in benefits to rice farmers and national economies in four Asian countries, according to a Special IRRI Report, Meta-impact assessment of the Irrigated Rice Research Consortium (IRRC) that looked at a selection of natural resource management technologies rolled out by IRRI as part of the IRRC’s mandate in Bangladesh, Indonesia, Vietnam, and the Philippines. It confirms that the technologies delivered benefit such as increased productivity for rice farmers, improved livelihoods and food security, and bolstered social cohesion. View and download the Report.
25 June 2013
Kaiima Bio-Agritech, an Israel-based seed and breeding technology company, and IRRI announce their partnership to develop new rice varieties. Read more.
28 June 2013
As part of the 2013–16 IRRI-India Work Plan, the Institute and the Tamil Nadu Agricultural University (TNAU) sign a memorandum of understanding at TNAU to promote research, training, and exchange of information and technology on rice and its farming systems and value chains. Read more.
1-31 July 2013
Throughout July, IRRI joins the 39th celebration of the National Nutrition Month in the Philippines with the theme, Together we can end poverty and malnutrition. Read more
16 July 2013
Twenty-nine members of the media, representing more than 20 agencies, attend IRRI’s Media Day, or Kanin Get It, at IRRI Headquarters. The event focuses on promoting IRRI’s research on high-nutrient rice and grain quality. Read more.
20 July 2013
IRRI DG Robert Zeigler is conferred with the 2013 Leadership in Science Public Service Award by the American Society of Plant Biologists (ASPB). Read more.
24 July 2013
CGIAR hails the work of Thelma Paris, IRRI’s gender specialist, who is retiring after 38 years of service to IRRI and CGIAR system. Read more.
8 August 2013
(1) IRRI marks its first-ever Women in Rice Farming Day to recognize the role of women in agriculture, particularly in rice farming. The event is attended by 213 participants from the national and local governments including the Philippine legislature, the academe, media, NGOs, and the private sector. Read more. View photos on Flickr. (2) One of the Golden Rice field trials at Pili, Camarines Sur, Philippines, is vandalized. It is disappointing news, but as Bruce Tolentino, IRRI DDG for Communication and Partnerships, says, “It is just one trial and we will continue our Golden Rice research to improve human nutrition.” Read more and view Dr. Tolentino’s statement on YouTube, which emphasizes the importance of Golden Rice research. In a petition, more than 6,000 persons and counting have given their support to Golden Rice Research
23 August 2013
Hei Leung, IRRI principal scientist and Program 1 leader, receives the "Lifetime Achievement for Rice Blast Research" award at the 6th International Rice Blast Conference in Jeju, South Korea. Read more. | View a recent seminar by Dr. Leung on Using Rice Genetic Diversity.
31 August 2013
IT enthusiasts who think their genius can help make rice research a little bit better converge at this year's Bigas2 Hack, a competition looking for software applications and devices to help improve rice farming and research. At work 24-7 over the weekend, the hackers includded computer programmers, software or hardware developers, interface designers, and others in the IT industry. View winners View 15-video playlist | View photos on flickr. | Listen to podcast on IRRI radio.
9 September 2013
Myanmar’s Ministry of Agriculture and Irrigation (MoAI), with the support of IRRI, kicks off a conference and workshop to develop the Myanmar Rice Sector Development Strategy and Program. Key officials of the Myanmar government and senior representatives from IRRI and donor organizations come together at the meeting in Nay Pyi Taw to recommend actions for building the country’s rice sector and identify rice research and development to support it. Read more.
12 September 2013
The IRRI-Myanmar Office is inaugurated with IRRI’s DDG-CP Bruce Tolentino and Myanmar Department of Agriculture Deputy Director General Aung Kyi cutting the ceremonial ribbon. Read more.
30 September 2013
(1) IRRI begins a busy week hosting the 13th Meeting of the CGIAR Consortium Board. Back to back with the CB meeting is a retreat of the board chairpersons and the directors general of the various CG Centers. Read more | View a 6-video playlist (2) A week-long rice awareness workshop, Walking in the shoes of farmers, kicks off for MARS ambassadors. Read more
7 October 2013
The International Society for Plant Anaerobiosis (ISPA) kicks off its 5-day 11th international conference at IRRI headquarters. The conference draws 130 members and other scientists from around the world who are involved in research on plant responses to impeded aeriation. Read more | View David Mackill's presentation on flood tolerance work at IRRI before Sub1 | Photos on flickr
8 October 2013
Bayer Crop Science, IRRI, and the Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) kick off an inaugural 2-day Rice Future Forum in New Delhi. The event brings together key stakeholders from around the world to discuss challenges and opportunities for the rice industry. Read more
14-18 October 2013
IRRI hosts the week-long GRiSP Asia Review and Planning Forum, which includes presentations by young rice scientists working at the Institute and partner organizations. View 7:03 YouTube video from welcome dinner | View 7:50 YouTube video of closing remarks | View 3:41 YouTube video featuring some of the participating young rice scientists
30 October 2013
The new headquarters building for the East and Southern Africa (ESA) Rice Research and Development Hub is opened and dedicated on the campus of the National University of Burundi in Bujumbura. The new building is named in honor of IRRI Director General Robert S. Zeigler in recognition of his many years of work in development agriculture as a scientist and research leader in Africa and other parts of the world. Read more
5 November 2013
(1) Achim Dobermann, IRRI deputy director general for research, is presented with the 2013 International Service in Agronomy Award from the American Society of Agronomy. Read more  (2) Robert Zeigler, IRRI director general, gives a presentation, The continued need for more food--contributions from the CGIAR, during a meeting of the Working Group on Bread and Brain, Education and Poverty, in Vatican City. Read more
5-8 November 2013
IRRI hosts the 7th International Rice Genetics Symposium (RG7), which attracts more than 700 top researchers in the field of genetics and related disciplines to Manila. Access a YouTube playlist of videos shot during the 4-day event.| Photos on flickr
8 November 2013
Typhoon Haiyan, also known by its local name Yolanda, cited as worst storm ever to hit the Philippines, if not the worst storm to make landfall in the recorded history of the planet, batters the central islands. In the wake of the disaster, IRRI DG Robert Zeigler sends a message to the Filipino people and announces the Institute's Yoland Drive to assist in the recovery wherever and however possible. Read more
8-9 November 2013
The Temperate Rice Research Rice Research Consortium (TRRC) holds its annual review and planning meeting at IRRI for the first time, attracting 50 participants from 18 countries. Read more
15 November 2013
David Rockefeller Jr., American sailor, philanthropist, and active participant in nonprofit and environmental areas, visits the Institute. He is a leading fourth-generation member (known as "the Cousins") of the prominent Rockefeller family. IRRI is considered by many as one of the Rockefeller Foundation's great sucess stories. Read moreRead "Rock" and Rice in Rice Today magazine Photos on flckr
25-26 November 2013
Senior officials from India's Ministry of Agriculture visit IRRI for a 2-day series of awareness and consultation meetings. Read more
28 November 2013
Rice Crop Manager is launched in the Philippines. Read more
29 November 2013
The IRRI community bids farwell to four departing international staff members: Thelma Paris, social scientist; K.L. Heong, senior scientist and insect ecologist; Gerard Barry,  biofortification specialist and Golden Rice Network Coordinator; and Sophie Clayton, public relations manager. View photo
2 December 2013
IRRI and the Japan International Research Center for Agricultural Research (JIRCAS) announce the discovery of a rice gene that in preliminary testing increase production by 13-36% in modern long-grain indica rice varieties. Read more
5 December 2013
Myanmar President Thein Sein renews his country’s partnership with IRRI as Myanmar launches an agricultural revolution to ensure food security and become a major producer of rice in the Asian region. Read more | View photos on flickr| View 2:54 video on YouTube
9 December 2013
IRRI commits 13 tons of high-yielding rice seeds for multiplication and distribution in the areas (central Visayas region of the Philippines) hardest-hit by Typhoon Yolanda on 8 November. Read more | View photos on flickr
11 December 2013
Three new lowland rice varieties, products of the breeding efforts of IRRI, the University of Port Harcourt, and Africa Rice, are officially released in Nigeria benefitting millions of the country's farmers. Read more
2 January 2014
The 4th edition of the Rice Almanac is the first book published by IRRI to be available on Kindle. Read more
8 January 2014
IRRI donates more seeds of high-yielding rice varieties for farmers in Typhoon Yolanda-striken areas of the Philippines. Read more | See 1:28 YouTube video
9 January 2014
Fangming Xie, IRRI hybrid rice breeder, receives the the Anhui Friendship Award for his contributions to the social and economic development of Anhui Province in China. Read more
12 January 2014
An Asia Society Symposium, In a grain of rice: food & culture for South and Southeast Asia, features IRRI research on improving the eating quality of rice. Read more
27 January 2014
As part of the USAID's Feed the Future Program, the Innovation Laboratory for the Reduction of Postharvest Losses is launched at a meeting hosted by Kanasa State University. For rice, IRRI is the implementing partner in Bangladesh. Read more
29 January 2014
In commemoration of the 104th birthday of Philippine National Artist Vicente Manansala, artists and art enthusiasts join the IRRI community to celebrate some of his treasured art work, which has been on display at the Institute since the early 1960s. Read more | View 3-video playlist on YouTube | View 74 photos on flickr
3 February 2014
IRRI's YouTube site surpasses 1,000,000 views.
3-4 February 2014
IRRI showcases its work at the Global Forum for Innovations in Agriculture (GFIA) held in Abu Dhabi. Read more
5 February 2014
IRRI launches its new Transforming Rice Breeding Efficiency (TRB) project aimed at making use of modern breeding tools and approaches that will focus on the Institute's breeding "pipelines" for irrigated rice. Read more
17 February 2014
Matthew Morell becomes IRRI's 7th deputy director general for research. Read more | Photos on flickr
20 February 2014
Achim Dobermann, outgoing deputy director general for research (2008-2014), gives his exit seminar to the IRRI community. View seminar | Photos on flickr
21 February 2014
The IRRI community bids farewell to two international staff members: Achim Dobermann, deputy director general for research; and Fiona Ferrall, director, human resource services.
6 March 2014
The Multi-parent Advanced Generation Inter-Cross (MAGIC) rice breeding nursery is showcased at IRRI headquarters to highight the availability of novel genetic resources as response gene pools. Read more | View photos on flickr
10-11 March 2014
IRRI celebrates International Women's Day with a series of actvities at headquarters to highlight the important role of women in all areas of human endeavor. Read more | Photos on flickr | View 5:00 YouTube video
1 April 2014
Rod Wing, director of the Arizona Genomics Institute at the University of Arizona, begins his AXA Chair at IRRI to lead research on comparative genomics and genome assembly of diverse types of rice, both cultivated and wild. Read more | View 1:03 video on YouTube
3 April 2014
IRRI and the Philippine Rice Research Institute (PhilRice) sign an agreement for the mutual protection of elite breeding lines in the Philippines. Read more
6-8 April 2014
IRRI staff members led by DDG-R Matthew Morell attend the 49th Annual Rice Research Meetings held at the Directorate of Rice Research in Rajendranagar, Hyderabad, India to review progress of the IRRI-Inda Work Plan for 2013-16. Read more | View photo montage
8-11 April 2014
In Danang City, Vietnam, more than 90 representatives from 10 countries in South and Southeast Asia participate in the 13th annual Review, Planning, and Steering Committee Meeting of the Consortium for Unfavorable Rice Environments (CURE). Read more | Group photo
15 April 2014
IRRI marks the 150th crop of its Long-Term Contiuous Cropping Experiment. Read more | View 4:48 YouTube video about the experiment | View photos of ceremonial harvest on flickr | Watch a 1:58 YouTube video of the ceremonial harvest | View 4-video playlist on YouTube | Read Rice Today feature
16 April 2014
The eighth annual NRS awarding ceremony is held at IRRI, which recognizes the important contribution of the national staff to the Institute's work and formally wards outstanding performances. Read more to see winners | Photos on flickr
23-25 April 2014
As IRRI continues the re-assessment of its partnerships with the private sector, the Institute and Syngenta hold a review and planning workshop for their joint Scientiric Know-How and Exchange Program (SKEP). Read more
30 April 2014
Photo of Bangladeshi rice farmers by National Geographic photographer Jim Richardson appears on the NGS Web site. Richardson was assisted in Bangladesh by Tim Russell, IRRI's chief of party for CSISA-Bangladesh Read more | View photo
6-7 May 2014
Member countries of the Council for Partnership in Rice in Asia (CORRA) share their visions, strategies, and plans for the development of their respective rice secotrs at a worksop in Putrajaya, Malyasia. Read more | Group photo
10 May 2014
IRRI is featured in an important feature in the Economist: The new green revolution--a bigger rice bowl. IRRI DG Robert Zeigler and principal scientist Abdel Ismail are quoted. Read article 
12 May 2014
IRRI community bids farwell to Bhagirath Chauhan, weed scientist at the Instittue for 7 years. View 13:23 YouTube video
14 May 2014
Ediberto Redona, INGER coordinator, and Glenn Gregorio, rice breeder and deputy head of IRRI's PLant Breeding, Genetics, and Biotechnology Division, receive respectively 2014 Achievement Awards for research management and research during the 44th Annual Scientific Conference of the Crop Science Society of the Philippines. Read more
20-23 May 2014
Phase 3 of the Stress-Tolerant Rice for Africa and South Asia (STRASA) project is launched in New Delhi. With this phase, STRASA, a flagship project of IRRI, the Global Rice Science Partnership (GRiSP), and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, is now extended an additional 5 years through 2018. Read more | View group photo                            
22 May 2014
During the World Economic Forum for East Asia, held in Manila, IRRI DG Robert Zeigler participates in a panel discussion on Agricultural Transformation in East Asia. Read more | View the 1:10:06 discussion on WEF Web site
28 May 2014
Coinciding with World Hunger Day, the Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences, BGI, and IRRI publish in GigaScience an article on the genome sequencing of 3,000 rice varieties along with the release to the world of the entire dataset in a citable format in the journal's open-access database, GigaDB. Read more View GigaScience article | View additional commentary | Read Rice Today feature
30 May-4 June 2014
IRRI participates in the 5-day rice-themed Asian Book Festival of Children's Content in Singapore. Read more
25 June 2014
IRRI's 2014 Wall Calendar, Feathers in the Field, the Birds of IRRI, wins a Silver Award in the Promotional Publication Class of the Publishing Category in the Critique and Awards Program of the Association for Communication Excellence (ACE) in Agriculture, Natural Resources, and Life and Human Sciences. The award is presented during ACE's annual international meeting in Portland Oregon, USA. View calendar
5 July 2014
The Asia Rice Foundation USA announces its 2014 Travel and Study Awards, which involves sending two scholars in U.S. universities to IRRI to enhance their studies. Read more
16-20 July 2014
IRRI headquarters takes a direct hit from Typhoon Glenda (Rammasun) on 16 July and then remains closed through 20 July to clean up and make repairs. No casualties but much property damage. View video of storm aftermath in IRRI staff housing
22 July 2014
The Geographic Information Sysems (GIS) team in the Social Sciences Division wins the mid-2014 Semi-Annual Team Award (SATA). The team wins for its critical and timely response after the devastating Typhoon Yolanda in the central Philippines on 8 November 2013. It is an excellent example of applying IRRI's scientific expertise to real-world issues. 
23 July 2014
In observation of Philippine Nutrition Month, IRRI organizes a Forum on Food Nutrition and Security. Philippine Senator Cynthia A. Villar gives the keynote address. Read more | View photos on flickr
4 August 2014
J.K. Ladha, IRRI principal scientist and country representative for India and Nepal, is among those receiving the 2014 Crop Science Society of America (CSSA) Fellowship Award. It will be presented at the CSSA's annual meeting, 2-5 November in Long Beach, CaliforniaRead more