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Nov222017

Part 2 of my UNLEASH experience

Categories // Communicating rice science

Part 2 of my UNLEASH experience UNLEASH is a global innovation lab that brings together 1,000 people representing diverse backgrounds from over 129 countries.

Jul072016

Towards a comprehensive understanding of changing gender roles

Written by // Sujata Ganguly Categories // Gender

Changing gender roles and responsibilities is an important topic of discussion in the world of agricultural research for development today.

Mar182016

Are women-only training sessions more effective than mixed-group ones?

Written by // Sujata Ganguly Categories // Gender

Are women-only training sessions more effective than mixed-group ones? Training is a key part of the Stress-Tolerant Rice for Africa and South Asia (STRASA) project. A gender component has been developed to systematically reach women across all of STRASA’s activities through training.

Feb222016

Are we headed for a repeat of the 2007-08 rice price crisis?

Written by // Dr. Sam Mohanty Categories // Sam's rice price and market blog

Despite the current stability in the rice market, there are reasons for concern about the direction of the market in the medium term (mid- to late 2016).

Nov272015

The world of IRRI’s rice R&D

Written by // Gelia Castillo Categories // Gelia Castillo's Blog

The environment in which IRRI now pursues its mandate: a world vastly changed from that in which the institute started.

Oct272017

My UNLEASH experience

Written by // Rochie Cuevas Categories // Communicating rice science

My UNLEASH experience UNLEASH is a global nonprofit initiative that aims to help achieve the United Nations' Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). In August 2017, it gathered 1,000 talents from all over the world for nine days in Denmark.

Jul072016

Community nursery offers means for economic empowerment of women farmers

Written by // Sugandha Munshi Categories // Gender

Community nursery offers means for economic empowerment of women farmers Women-focused intervention plays a pivotal role in IRRI’s work with farmers. With the climate changing, innovation that results in better management practices for farmers is essential.

Mar172016

Filipino nutrition status still a problem, experts say

Written by // Gladys Ebron Categories // Golden Rice blog

Genetically modified rice varieties that contain high levels of iron, zinc, and beta-carotene could play an important role in reducing micronutrient deficiency that affects more than 2 billion people around the world.

Feb102016

Reel to real: Leo-Kate, development, and millennials

Written by // Isabella Jhocson Categories // Communicating rice science

Reel to real: Leo-Kate, development, and millennials Let me tell you why "Development" is my "Leo-Kate".

Nov042015

This month in IRRI history: November

Written by // Gene Hettel Categories // IRRI History

This month in IRRI history: November In November as the year begins to wind down, one might think that activity might begin to slow down as well—but not at IRRI, no-slowdown whatsoever!

Dec202016

Farmers, farm women or farmers’ wives?

Written by // Sujata Ganguly Categories // Gender

Women play an important and active role in farming. There is no doubt about that. When scouring through current literature however, what is most noticeable is how we have tried to define women’s involvement in agriculture; their roles and responsibilities

Jun232016

Science has spoken: GMOs are safe

Written by // Mardy Halcon-Cristobal Categories // Golden Rice blog

Science has spoken: GMOs are safe GM foods currently available on the international market have passed safety assessments and are not likely to present risks for human health, WHO emphasizes.

Mar082016

Women find identity, path of progress, as farmers

Written by // Sujata Ganguly, Sugandha Munshi Categories // Gender

Women find identity, path of progress, as farmers Gender inclusion is one of the priorities for IRRI and hence, it received a significant focus in both research and outreach activities.

Dec022015

This month in IRRI history: December

Written by // Gene Hettel Categories // IRRI History

This month in IRRI history: December This is the twelfth and last blog installment in my year-long trek through IRRI’s history. It’s been fun and exciting to pull it all together and I hope that you readers have enjoyed it. In retirement, I hope to keep working on the timeline.

Sep282015

This month in IRRI history: October

Written by // Gene Hettel Categories // IRRI History

This month in IRRI history: October Historically, October has been the busiest month on the IRRI calendar—by far! I can attest to this because it took me the longest time to prepare this October segment of my 12-month blog series.

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