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Thursday Seminar

Thursday, March 30, 2017, 01:15pm - 02:15pm


"Benefiting rice farmers through improved crop management: Experiences in research and partnerships"
Author: Roland J. Buresh
Crop and Environmental Sciences Division

“What is the role of IRRI in the dissemination of crop and resource management technologies arising from research?” This was a passionately debated topic at IRRI when I arrived in early 2000. This question remains relevant today as supporters of IRRI increasingly expect accelerated impacts from IRRI’s research.
One of my responsibilities at IRRI beginning in January 2000 was to help ensure that the excellent science and research on site-specific nutrient management (SSNM) led to benefits for rice farmers. This seminar will outline some insights, successes, and failures in the 17 years that followed. Two contrasting successes in the large-scale dissemination of crop management technologies in Asia for increased income and yield of rice farmers will be highlighted. One was in China through a blanket recommendation without the use of information and communications technology (ICT), and the other in the Philippines through field-specific recommendations using ICT tools.
Success in accelerating dissemination started with a relatively easy-to-use technology, which increased farmers’ income and yield with acceptable risk. Strong underlying scientific principles helped tailor the technology to benefit a large number of farmers. Large-scale deployment of the technology required innovative partnerships and ‘processes’ of engagement and sustainability across research and extension. Four components along the research to dissemination continuum will be proposed as critical for success in reaching and benefiting many farmers with crop and resource management technologies. Personal observations will include the refining of research and partnerships for accelerated impact.


Havener Auditorium, International Rice Research Institute, Los Baños, 4030 Laguna, Philippines