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2007 Rice Research to Production

“Rice: research to production” was designed to create a new generation of plant scientists that understand the importance of addressing global problems in agriculture, energy and the environment. The course would also provide a foundation in rice science and rice farming research and give opportunity for the participants to establish research collaborations between themselves and within the international research networks early in their careers. The initial offering of the course was in May 2007 with an intake of 26 participants from USA, Europe and Asia – 12 countries in all.

At the completion of " Rice: research to production " participants will have:

  • an understanding of the basics of rice production and post-production
  • experienced many aspects of rice farming in the rice paddies of IRRI
  • hands-on skills in conducting experiments of rice breeding, genomics and crop and nutrient management
  • an understanding of the research issues of IRRI and its developing country partners
  • a plan and personal contacts to engage in the international research agenda and networks relevant to their own work.

To make young scientists aware of how their work could have a major impact on the problems faced by many poorer nations, the participants were divided in to five sub-groups. There were five people per group/topic and organizers did a very good job in keeping the diversity among each group regarding both gender and background. Each group had to write a proposal addressing the following issues:

  • Exploring the Unexplored: Rice Genetic Diversity as a Vehicle for Hunger
  • Food Security in a Rice-Based Economy: Rwanda
  • Rice-based Production Systems for Environmental Health
  • Diet Diversification and Bio-fortification of Rice for Reducing Malnutrition
  • Bangladeshi Agribusiness Development Program: An initiative to improve small farmers’ livelihoods through market integration
 The Rice: Research to Production course was funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF) of the United States, Cornell University, and International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) through sponsorship from specific on-going projects or partnerships.

2007 RICE RESEARCH TO PRODUCTION PARTICIPANTS

BANGLADESH

Rokeya Begum

EGYPT

Saber El-Sayed Sedeek

FRANCE

Sabine Mameaux

GREECE

Konstantina Stamati

INDIA

Sheshu M. Madhav
Sadhasivam Viswanathan

INDONESIA

Toto Hadiarto

JAPAN

Ippei Ogawa


PHILIPPINES

Raul Boncodin
Celsa A. Quimio
Anna Theresa Isabel O. Rebong

RWANDA

Jean-Pierre Kayiranga

THAILAND   

Suthasinee Somyang

UNITED KINGDOM

Zoe Rutterford

UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

Jillian Blair
Myron Bruce
Van Ryan Haden
Anna Herforth
Michael Kovach
David Krause
Megan O'Rourke
Liana Przygocki
Alisha Stivers
Nicholas Strutt


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