IRRI builds the capacity of its partners through the use of online tools and training for sharing of rice technologies and knowledge with farmers to help improve rice production.
To improve rice production, farmers need consistent knowledge on rice production and postharvest. This information should be up-to-date and in a format which can be clearly understood. To get this information to farmers, we rely on our partners in research and extension in the regions where we want to create an impact. We help build their capability so they can effectively extend technology.
Sharing rice knowledge online
IRRI uses the Rice Knowledge Bank (RKB) as its main platform to provide practical knowledge solutions in rice production. RKB showcases rice production techniques, agricultural technologies, and best farming practices based on IRRI’s pool of knowledge from research findings, learning and media resources, and in-country projects.
We also work closely with other international centers to ensure that RKB delivers updated information useful for extension agents, postharvest technicians, and small-scale farmers in developing countries.
RKB is part of the Cereal Knowledge Bank—a wider online knowledge resource which contains information on crop management and production systems for wheat and maize.
Using information and communication technologies for development
IRRI encourages research in different technologies such as mobile phones, e-learning modules, and videos for extension, to help speed up and improve the delivery of rice technologies to farmers. We also directly employ multichannel distribution through telecenters and community radio and are also producing an e-seed course in local languages.
Building extension capacity in Africa
IRRI, the Africa Rice Center, and the Philippine Rice Research Institute (PhilRice) are collaborating to release a coherent training course for developing the capacity of extension officers in Africa. The training program will be for season-long rice production and postharvest and can be also in e-learning form.
Supporting the rice sector post disasters
IRRI plans to enhance its own capacity to provide technical expert services to support the development of the rice sector in regions following disaster or conflict.
The team we plan to establish will include extension agronomists and business development specialists, as well as multistakeholder facilitators. This cadre will be crucial in building awareness and linkages to national and regional investments that are allocated for large-scale and post-conflict situations. The team will also help in designing and piloting improved delivery systems, including business models that will facilitate large-scale roll-out of technologies.
IRRI-JICA project for extension agronomists brought 25 participants from five African countries (Mozambique, Kenya, Rwanda, Uganda, and Tanzania) to the Philippines for a 17-week rice knowledge, production, and extension training.