Basics of Rice Production: Rice Camp for Teachers

Course Description

This three-day, action-packed Rice Camp for teachers at the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) aims to refresh scientific knowledge, introduce new biological, economic, and social areas of rice research, and help build innovative curriculum to help reverse the “brain drain” of youth back into farming careers and communities by promoting exciting, innovative, and essential agricultural issues. Participants will get to explore the world of rice production and science as they have never experienced it before. They will follow a grain of rice from seed to plant to seed, getting their feet wet in rice paddies, comparing traditional hand labor and modern mechanical methods of land preparation, planting, and harvesting. They will visit laboratories, greenhouses, and fields to learn how IRRI’s world-class rice researchers are using cutting-edge science and working hand-in-hand with farm communities to develop improved varieties and cultivation techniques that produce higher-yielding, lower-input, and more nutritious rice healthier for both people and the environment. They will be encouraged to develop new curricula to engage students in learning about and solving critical agricultural issues to maintain food security and livelihoods in a changing world. They will be challenged to help teach and inspire the next generation of agricultural innovators.           

Rice Camp – An immersive experience

Rice Camp is a unique opportunity for high school and college educators to be immersed in innovative rice research and production, appreciate the long journey a grain of rice takes from seed to plant to plate, and develop new ways to engage their students in learning how important, exciting, and interesting a simple grain can be.

Course Goals and Objectives

Overall Goal:

  • Instill in teachers a basic understanding, value and appreciation of rice, rice research, and rice cultivation.


  • Gain an understanding and appreciation for the knowledge and work it takes to grow rice by actually getting in the paddy to do land preparation, transplanting, harvesting, and post-harvest processing
  • Learn basic information on rice plant anatomy, life cycle, and growth requirements
  • Understand how this basic information on rice anatomy, physiology, and genetics is important for breeding of new rice varieties
  • Find out how researchers and farmers are developing new varieties and cultivation techniques to produce more rice under challenging environmental pressures
  • Taste test different varieties of rice from around the world and learn about eating characteristics, grain quality, and human nutrition
  • Recognize the most important ecological and economic constraints facing rice production and how technology, creativity, and innovation is helping decrease hard labor and increase productivity
  • Learn about the use of IT and precision agriculture in rice science
  • Meet and form connections with other educators from different countries, regions and schools
  • Understand how rice and rice agriculture is important in a national, global, and cultural context   
  • Begin developing lesson plans and curricula that make rice science and agriculture interesting and accessible to students, and show them the wide range of attractive agricultural career paths
  • Challenge misperceptions about agriculture and develop a personal connection and appreciation for rice as more than just an everyday food

Date and Venue

June 25-27, 2014
International Rice Research Institute (IRRI)
Los Baños, Laguna, Philippines

Contact Information
Noel Magor
Head, Training Center
International Rice Research Institute (IRRI)
DAPO Box 7777, Metro Manila, Philippines
Tel No: (63-2) 580-5600
Fax No: (63-2) 891-1292; 580-5699