news and views from IRRI's director general emeritus
Dr. Robert "Bob" Zeigler was the director general of the International Rice Research Institute from 2005 to 2015 and is the institute's first Director General Emeritus.
Bob started off teaching science with the Peace Corps in Africa and went on to research plant diseases in South America, Asia, and the USA.
He tirelessly advocates the work of IRRI across the world to foster wider awareness of the issues facing rice farmers and consumers in the developing world and to garner support for rice research. He travels widely and shares his stories and opinions in this blog.
What kind of guy is Bill Gates? We know, of course, that he has a keen intellect and a curious mind. I was forewarned that he asks probing questions and can readily detect (what is the polite word for cattle droppings?), and despises it being served up to
To meet the world’s growing food security needs and face the parallel challenges of improving nutrition and reducing poverty under a changing global climate, a second – science-based – Green Revolution in agriculture is already under way.
OK, I could not resist the urge to have some phun with phonetics. The topic at hand was inspired by an article that IRRI’s Chief Information Officer circulated around to IRRI senior management last week.
This week I opened the conference "Dialogue on designer rice for future - Perception and prospects" in India. This is what I shared with participants.
Is there any danger to too much pesticide use? And what reason is there, if any, for alarm?
Indeed, it has been science-based improvements in agricultural technology that have contributed significantly—across two Green Revolutions—to alleviating hunger and poverty in India and most of Asia.
Those of you who read my recent blog are probably surprised to see me pop up again with another so soon. I try to space these out; but, this week I just cannot resist.
The origins of rice varieties make for appealing discussions. Here's my take on Kasalath - whose origin remains a point of contention.
The other day I had the great and unexpected pleasure to spend a few hours with the Olympic legend Carl Lewis. Our conversation led to running up hills, and how you have to run up at a lot of hills to get anywhere... a bit like rice research.
Could royalties from our technologies help support our research and get technologies – such as flood-tolerant rice – out to more farmers faster and more affordably?
On World Sight Day, IRRI's Robert Zeigler reflects on what we can all do to help improve eyesight and support research to improve people’s vision.
Can we fund research to stabilize trade and prices in the rice sector?
A popular magazine about rice? Hmmm … What will you write about after the first issue? That’s what I’m told one skeptic asked back in 2001 when IRRI was contemplating the development of a popular magazine devoted solely to rice.
A recent report has shown that IRRI’s rice breeding work has increased rice yields in Vietnam and is delivering $610 million per year to the country and has increased farmers’ returns by US$127 a hectare in southern Vietnam.