LOS BAÑOS, Philippines - Senior officials of South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC), headed by Secretary General Arjun Bahadur Thapa explore opportunities for further collaboration to improve food security in South Asia.
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The Philippines, through the Department of Agriculture, is among IRRI's top 10 donors and Filipino rice farmers some of the fastest adopters of new varieties and technologies.
PhD scholarships in fields allied with the rice sciences are now available for South and Southeast Asian students.
The Indonesian government is ramping up efforts to become food-secure through rice self-sufficiency and plans to greatly increase investments in agriculture, as well as strengthen collaborations with international research partners.
Some of the world's leading experts on rice science convene this week at the Philippine headquarters of the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) to review research efforts toward making rice systems work better for the poor.
"No farmer must be left behind — this adds all the more to our resolve to continue the research on Golden Rice, a potential new food-based approach to help fight VAD, a form of hidden hunger,” said Dr. Violeta Villegas, Golden Rice project coordinator.
The International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) and its partners released at least twenty-eight new rice varieties to governments of eight countries in Asia and Africa in 2014.
NAY PYI TAW, Myanmar - President U Thein Sein, himself a farmer, and Vice President U Nyan Tun led the National Peasants' Day celebrations earlier this month. Farmers from different regions of Myanmar took part in activities organized by the Ministry of Agriculture and Irrigation (MOAI).
LOS BAÑOS, PHILIPPINES –The world's premier research organization focused on rice makes a commitment to keep working toward food and nutrition security for at least the next few generations.
Hanoi—Vietnam’s Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MARD) this week put its full weight behind a national strategy designed to make rice production an even larger engine of inclusive economic growth.
The second Green Revolution in rice has been under way for more than 6 years, reckons Robert Zeigler, director general of the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI).