Joseph Rickman

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Joe is a Senior Scientist with specialization in mechanization and production systems.

He is an agronomist and an agricultural engineer with more than 40 years of experience working in Australia, Asia, Canada and Africa. Joe is recognized internationally as an authority on crop production, farm mechanization and post-harvest in cereal cropping systems. He has authored or co-authored many scientific and extension papers, training manuals as well as co-authored one book on Tillage Equipment-Selection and Use.


  • Crop production management
  • Postharvest management
  • Farm mechanization
  • Extension and training
  • Operation management


  • MSc in Engineering Agrology, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada (1988)
  • BSc in Rural technology, University Queensland, Australia (1977)
  • Certificate Agriculture, Queensland Agricultural College, Lawes, Australia (1969)


  • Senior Scientist 2-Mechanization and Production Systems Specialist (present)
  • Program Leader and Regional coordinator, IRRI, East and Southern Africa (2006-2013)
  • Senior Scientist, Head Agricultural Engineering and Research Station, IRRI (2000-2006)
  • Agricultural Engineer, Cambodia IRRI Australia Project, Cambodia (1995-2000)
  • Senior Extension Agronomist, Queensland Department Primary Industry (1981-1994)
  • Tutor, Farm Management and Agricultural Science, University of Queensland (1977-1980)
  • Experimentalist Queensland Department Primary Industry (1970-1974)


  1. Chandrasekar V, Gummert M, Thangavel K, Rickman JF. 2006. Development and testing of rice hull furnace for preheating of the air for paddy drying. Paper presented at the 2nd International Rice Congress 9-13 Oct 2006, New Delhi, India
  2. Rickman JF. 2005 Quality, quality, quality-the future of rice in Africa. Africa Rice Outlook, 21-22nd June 2005. Cape Town, South Africa (invited)
  3. Rickman JF, Sinath P. 2004. The development of tube-well irrigation systems in Cambodia. In: Water in Agriculture Proceedings of a CARDI International Conference: 'Research on Water in Agricultural Production in Asia for the 21st Century,' Phnom Penh, Cambodia, 25-28 Nov 2003. p 174-177.
  4. Ali AM, Ladha JK, Rickman J, Lales JS. 2004. Comparative evaluation of rice establishment and nitrogen management options for optimal resource use efficiency and productivity. In: Proceedings of the World Rice Research Conference 2004.Tsukuba, Ibaraki (Japan): Tsukuba International Congress Center (Epochal Tsukuba). p 232., A”)
  5. Rickman JF. 2004 Post-harvest handling of rice-enhancing farmers’ income. Post Harvest Technologies for Ensuring Food Security and Value Addition for Enhanced Income. APAARI Bangkok, Thailand, 1-3 December 2004 (invited)
  6. Rickman JF 2004 Appropriate technology for maintaining grain quality in small-scale storages International Conference on Controlled Atmosphere and Fumigation in Stored Products. 8-13 August 2004 Gold Coast, Australia.(invited)
  7. Rickman JF. 2002. Rice quality-harvest to market. Proceedings 9th JIRCAS International Symposium, 16-17th October 2002, Tsukuba, Japan. (invited)
  8. Bakker RR, Rickman JF and Kim, OW. 2002. Rice quality management through better drying, storage and milling practices. International Rice Congress 16-20 September, Beijing, China
  9. Bakker RR, and Rickman JF. 2001. Hermetic Storage of Rice Grain and Seed Quality Management and Market Access. Asean APEC Seminar, 11-14 September, Chiang Mai, Thailand.
  10. Rickman JF, Som B, Poa S, and Meas P. 2000. Rice milling in Cambodia, In: Cox, P. and Ros, C. (Eds.), The impact of agricultural research for development in Southeast Asia: Proceedings of an international conference held at the Cambodian Agricultural Research and Development Institute, 24-26 October.
  11. Rickman JF, Som B and Poa S. 1999. Rice milling in Cambodia. Cambodia Journal of Agriculture 2 (1) 49-51.


Joseph Rickman

Senior Scientist II and Mechanization and Production Systems Specialist