India is one of the world’s largest rice-producing and -consuming countries in the world, not to mention one of IRRI’s most important partners in rice research. So, since Rice Today began publishing in 2002, we have provided a cornucopia of coverage on India—four covers and more than 40 stories and features on a range of topics important to Indian farmers and consumers. See the listing and links to those stories below.
2002: Spreading the word
A religious sister shares the benefits of modern agricultural science with poor subsistence farmers in eastern India.
2004: India ink
IRRI recently garnered a fair splash of press coverage in South Asia, including India.
2004: Gathering momentum in India
The Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) and the Directorate of Rice Research conduct various International Year of Rice activities to enhance public awareness about rice.
2006: The direct approach
A return to the ways of their forefathers has seen Indian and Bangladeshi rice farmers reduce their need for water and address the growing problem of labor shortages.
2006: Conserving the future
As India’s rice-wheat belt grapples with declining soil health and water tables, a vanguard of young, innovative farmers and researchers is leading a new approach that could hold the key to revising the region’s waning productivity.
2006: India hosts world’s largest rice gathering
During each day of the second International Rice Congress (IRC) 2006, delegates from 47 countries crisscrossed through the office block lobby of the impressive New Delhi headquarters of the Indian Council of Agricultural Research’s National Agricultural Science Complex (NASC).
2006: IR8 breeding history
In story on the 4th anniversary of IR8’s release, featured is Indian farmer K.N. Ganesan who named his son after the new high-yielding rice variety.
2009: Rice Facts—A look at India
“Rice is life” truly lives up to its meaning in India.
2010: No-cook rice
Indian scientists have developed high-yielding soft rice that requires no cooking.
2010: Rice Facts--A snapshot of India (subsection)
A village survey is conducted in Kushinagar district in eastern Uttar Pradesh.
2011: IRRI in India
“The IRRI-India collaboration is a success story. Through germplasm exchange, hybrid rice development, and capacity building, it helped India enhance its rice production and boosted the country’s productivity.”
2011: Even grounds
Laser land levelling is fast changing the face of traditional farming in India and rest of South Asia.
2011: Ready for climate change
Indian farmers are fast adopting stress-tolerant varieties of rice to head-off yield losses.
2011: Tamil Nadu farmers get their groove back
Drum seeding finds its way to Tamil Nadu as farmers learn how to control weeds effectively and maximize profits using the technology.
2011: Technologies meet farmers
Hundreds of thousands of Asia farmers, including those in India, are adopting a range of IRRC-facilitated technologies because of the many impressive economic, social, and environmental benefits.”
2011: What’s cooking? Chicken Biryani—Indian version
IRRI economist Sam Mohanty put on a chef’s hat to demonstrate the preparation of this tasty dish.
2011: Rice map: Who eats the most rice?
India and China alone account for more than 50% of the world’s rice consumption.
2012: Striking a Balance
India’s 2010-11 bumper crop and low export price soften the impact of historic flooding in the Mekong Delta and of the Thai rice mortgage program.
2012: Rice facts--Odisha: The future granary of India
The poor state of Odisha has to overcome first the human-made constraints to high yield and the challenges of climate change to become India’s future granary.
2012: Waking up a giant in the Global food industry
India is emerging as the frontliner in agriculture and could become the global food market.
2012: Cosmic rice
Long ago, farmers in Kerala State of India turned to stars to determine when to plant and harvest rice.
2012: A day in the life of an Odisha rice Farmer
Small-scale farmer Gagan Bihari Pradhan is visited by IRRI head economist Sam Mohanty.
2013: Global rice trade faces uncertainty
All eyes are on the rice policies of Thailand and India, China’s growing imports, and, global rice production in the face of climate change.
2013: Breaking the barriers: from housewives to breadwinners
Three women in India are taking up new challenges beyond their traditional roles.
2013: Fields of plenty
It’s 2063. Indian farmer Prabhjit Kumar finds herself running a profitable environmentally friendly business, thanks to agriculture rice research.
2013: News item: Farm mechanization, a must in India
The agricultural sector in India is facing an acute shortage of laborers, and mechanization of farming practices can definitely help overcome the crisis.
2013: What’s cooking? Masala dosa
The preparation of this popular southern Indian rice dish is demonstrated.
2013: Rice diplomacy in South Asia
Rice science is building bridges across the political borders of Bangladesh and India.
2014: Happy birthday rice!
Once upon a time the people of Kerala, India, held a birthday bash for a very special celebrator: rice.
2014: Odisha’s food for a goddess
Odisha farmers embraced flood-tolerant rice not only as food on their table but as a worthy offering to Lakshmi, their goddess.
2014: How to support smallholder farmers throughout the world
M.S. Swaminthan points out that smallholder agriculture is practiced by families (including one or more households) using only or mostly family labor.
2014: Creating an oasis with rice
Under the scorching sun and cloudless skies, Indian farmer Prabhawati Devi builds her oasis using a rice variety that defies the drought that often parches her land.
2014: When there is rice in the barn, all else will follow
Rice plays a central role in the culture and economy through the barter system of the Ao Naga tribe in Nagaland, state in eastern India.
2014: What’s cooking? Bhuna khichuri
The preparation of this popular dish in Bangladesh and parts of India is demonstrated.
2014: A bigger rice bowl
IRRI director general Robert Zeigler declares the start of the second green revolution started in Palia Goa village, Faizabad district, Uttar Pradesh, India, on 31 July 2008.
2014: Red pearls of the Himalayas
Red rice varieties, nearly abandoned by farmers in Himachal Pradesh in India, are now getting the attention they deserve.
2014: Smitten by science
Krishna Jagadish and Impa Somayanda studied at the same university in Bangalore, India before they joined IRRI.
2014: Rice on the move
In India, the area for both wet and dry seasons is increasing. The wet season crop (kharif) has moved to the northwest by some 180 kilometers over 50 years and has increases slightly.
2014: Rice in South Asia
India has the largest rice area in the world with 43 million hectares (more than a quarter of the global rice area) and contributes to a little less than a quarter of global production.
2014: Grain of Truth: India makes access to food a right, not a privilege
Opinion piece from Rita Sharma, IRRI board member and secretary to the National Advisory Council of the Government of India.