The International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) is the world’s premier research organization dedicated to reducing poverty and hunger through rice science; improving the health and welfare of rice farmers and consumers; and protecting the rice-growing environment for future generations. IRRI is an independent, nonprofit, research and educational institute, founded in 1960 by the Ford and Rockefeller foundations with support from the Philippine government. The institute, headquartered in Los Baños, Philippines, has offices in 17 rice-growing countries in Asia and Africa, and more than 1,000 staff.
Working with in-country partners, IRRI develops advanced rice varieties that yield more grain and better withstand pests and disease as well as flooding, drought, and other harmful effects of climate change. More than half of the rice area in Asia is planted to IRRI-bred varieties or their progenies. The institute develops new and improved methods and technologies that enable farmers to manage their farms profitably and sustainably, and recommends rice varieties and agricultural practices suitable to particular farm conditions as well as consumer preferences. IRRI assists national agricultural research and extension systems in formulating and implementing country rice sector strategies.
Alumni of IRRI's educational initiatives include some of the world's leading rice scientists as well as high-level NARES and agriculture ministry officials. From 1962 to 2014, about 130,000 students, researchers, farmers, and extension professionals, among others, received some form of training from IRRI and its partners. Within this total number, close to 2,000 scholars conducted research at the institute while pursuing their MS and PhD degrees. As free educational resources, IRRI’s scientific publications, available online since 2007, have received a total of about 3 million views, with more than 30.4 million page views.
IRRI is a member of the CGIAR consortium, committed to a food-secure future.The Institute is also the lead center on the CGIAR Research Program on Rice. In addition, IRRI is a member of the following CGIAR Research Programs:
One of the challenges for IRRI in its pursuit of its mission is striking a balance between discovery science and research for development.
We are able to achieve this by forming organizational units or divisions that look after specific programs and activities. Each unit is built with clear delivery mechanisms and operate within a culture of doing good science as well as of ﬁrm governance, responsive management, and excellent research support.
Scientists divide their time among various working teams, according to each program's need. Each scientist participates in up to two programs. The units or divisions also serve as a longer-term platform for knowledge management, curation, and sharing.
IRRI's organizational units:
We work worldwide with all research institutions that share our goal. In particular, we work with the national agricultural research and extension systems of the countries where our target beneficiaries live. Rice research has no political boundaries. We search for new solutions to both old and emerging problems through personal and institutional efforts and through partnerships with farming communities and other institutions, both public and private.
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Av. das FPLM 2698, recinto do IIAM
Rice Breeder and IRRI Representative to Mozambique
+258 2146 2508
IRRI Bangladesh Office
House 103, Road 1, Block F,
Banani, Dhaka - 1213
Telefax: +880 2 55040835
Fax: +880 2 9899676
Interim IRRI Representative to Bangladesh
c/o General Directorate of Agriculture (GDA)
No. 54B/49F, Street 395-656, Sangkat Toeuk Laak 3,
Khan Tuol Kok, Phnom Penh, Cambodia
Office Phone: 855-23 6203838
614, No. 8 Building, Nong Ke Xi Da Dao
Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences
No. 12 Zhongguancun Nandajie, Beijing 100081
Peoples' Republic of China
Tel: +86 1062184732; +86 1082105117
Seed Division Compound
Myanma Agriculture Service (MAS)
Gyogon-Insein, Yangon, Myanmar
Tel: +95 1663590
IRRI Representative for Myanmar
Madonna Casimero (for projects)
c/o Nepal Agriculture Research Council (NARC)
Singh Durbar Plaza
Tel: +97 71 4262 650; +97 71 4218 823
c/o Ministry of Agriculture
“Govijana Mandiraya” 80/5 Rajamalwatta Avenue
Battaramula, Sri Lanka
IRRI-CCAFS SEA Regional Office
Agricultural Genetics Institute
KM 2- Duong Pham Van Dong
Tu Liem, Hanoi
Mobile: +84 165 3489784 (L.Sebastian)
Mobile: +84 903 251635 (Dung Thi Kim Dinh)