Season-long Rice Farming


The application of up-to-date rice farming practices in each country results in greater, sustainable harvest of quality rice which increases food security and improves the livelihoods of rice farmers, their families and communities.

To obtain sustainable improvement in the quality and quantity of rice harvest, the latest production technologies from research must be adopted by the farmers.  Understanding the rice knowledge and adopting rice production technologies are improved through well-trained cadre of extension agronomists in all aspects of rice farming and skilled in technology transfer and communication with farmers.

The 18 – week course aims to develop a cadre of 5 extension agronomists in each CARD country capable of promoting continuous improvement in rice farming, using communication skills in technology transfer, and acquiring knowledge of up-to-date production and post-production technologies for rice farmers.


The course is designed for 5 extension agronomists in each CARD country in Africa who will be trained in the latest technologies of farm management and rice farming from “seed to market” who in turn shall apply this knowledge and skills to improve the farming practices in their country.


The scholarship includes airfares, airport pick-up and send off, pre-/post-travel allowance, board and lodging in IRRI and PhilRice Residence Halls, local medical insurance while in the course, stipends for miscellaneous expenses, local travel, and other training related expenses.


Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA)


June 17 - October 18, 2013
Philippine Rice Research Institute (PhilRice)
Maligaya, Science City of Muñoz
Nueva Ecija, Philippines, and

Training Center
International Rice Research Institute (IRRI)
Los Baños, Laguna, Philippines


Dr. Noel Magor
Head, Training Center


Engr. Joseph Rickman
Regional Coordinator for East and
Southern Africa

IRRI Africa Program