Developing the capabilities of the next generation of scientists through training has always been an essential backbone of IRRI’s programs. A strong network of professionals is crucial in achieving sustained increases in rice production and continuous delivery of updated technologies to farmers to improve their productivity.
In 2013, IRRI headquarters hosted 266 scholars from 33 countries. Short training courses and workshops for farmers, technicians, and others conducted across the globe were attended by 91,561 persons. Significant training activities for 2013 include:
- The first Rice Production Training Course, conducted by IRRI and the Regional Rice Research and Training Center for West-Central Asia in Rasht, Iran, in June, attended by technologists from Afghanistan, Azerbaijan, Iran, Iraq, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, and Turkey.
- The JICA-sponsored Season-long Rice Farming Training for Extension Agronomists, on its third year, had participants from Cameroon, the Gambia, Liberia, Zambia, and the Philippines.
- A course on rice production techniques for research technicians of the Coalition for African Rice Development-member countries provided researchers and technicians with the latest knowledge and enhancement of skills in farm management.
- Global food manufacturer MARS, Inc. participated in a training workshop on rice mechanization and production. Delegates underwent basic training in rice production principles and practices.