LOS BAÑOS, PHILIPPINES and EVANSTON, IL - December 13, 2016 – The International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) and 2Blades Foundation (2Blades) have signed an agreement to further the cause of global food and nutrition security for the 3.5 billion people who depend on rice for more than 20% of their daily calories.
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LOS BAÑOS, Philippines – 29 November 2016 --- In Asia, rice is life. In the 1960s, this life came under heavy threat from famine and would have turned out drastically different—possibly, extinguished—if not for a feisty grain named IR8.
NEW DELHI, INDIA – 21 November 2016 --- Today, the Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) and the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) celebrated the golden anniversary of the international release of IR8 - the world’s first high-yielding rice variety. The event was attended by Shri Sudarshan Bhagat, Union Minister of State for Agriculture and Farmers Welfare, Professor Swaminathan and leaders of the agriculture sector in India.
With the signing of IRRI’s Rice Action Plan, 16 CORRA members hope to increase their national rice sectors’ productivity.
PUERTO PRINCESA, Philippines (23 August 2016) - At the annual gathering of ASEAN’s top agriculture policymakers taking place this week in Palawan, the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) will showcase tools, practices, and expertise that could help countries cope with the effects of climate change and strengthen food security in the region.
BEIJING, China—The Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences (CAAS) and the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) have agreed to collaborate on scientific research focused on genomics and germplasm enhancement to meet the challenges of global food security.
LOS BAÑOS, Philippines – 29 November 2016 --- In the culmination of a global celebration that started in New Delhi, India, on November 21, the International Rice Research Institute hosted a Partners’ and Farmers’ Day to mark the 50th anniversary of the release of the rice variety IR8.
LOS BAÑOS, Philippines – November 2016 marks the 50th anniversary of IR8; the world’s first high-yielding rice variety and the first rice variety released by the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI).
MANILA, Philippines—The threatening nature of bacterial blight (BB) on rice production was recognized only when TN1 and IR8, the first generation of semidwarf, high-yielding rice varieties, were attacked by the disease. The ensuing BB epidemics in the 1960s prompted international research efforts to control it.
PUERTO PRINCESA, Philippines – In a bid to rally ASEAN members and other rice-growing countries in Asia to invest more in rice research and innovation, the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) will present a 10-point Action Plan to the region’s top agriculture policymakers at the annual SOM-AMAF conference to be held next week in this resort city in western Philippines.
PHNOM PENH, Cambodia–The Royal Government of Cambodia and the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) celebrated 30 years of working together to secure the country’s food and grow its rice sector.