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Reflections on hospitality and stakeholder engagement

Partnerships between international research organizations and national agricultural research and extension systems (NARES) are crucial in the development and successful adoption of agricultural innovations. In this blog post, the author recounts her humbling experience as she reflects on the hospitality of a NARES partner, which was indicative of strong stakeholder engagement—a key ingredient in promoting […]

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ASEAN cooperation: Crucial to global food security

There is a clear and present danger that another global food price crisis will emerge sooner rather than later. A key signal is the lackluster result of the December 2013 Ninth Ministerial Conference of the World Trade Organization (WTO) in Bali, Indonesia—in the heart of the ASEAN community. The complex of compromises arising from the […]

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Why does everyone hate the Thai rice mortgage scheme?

The Thai rice mortgage scheme continues to receive a fair amount of media bashing even after completing its one-year anniversary on 7 October 2012. The debate on its impacts on Thailand and the rest of the world continues to take center stage at a majority of rice conferences in the region. The media and rice […]

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A rice breeder’s odyssey from surfer to scientist—and onward to “Mars”

David Mackill grew up in San Diego, California, in the 1960s and early ‘70s, enjoying the life of a beach bum and surfer on the nearby Pacific coast. “I spent a lot of time on the waves and quite a bit of time being ‘submerged’ by the waves,” he said, fondly recalling his surfer days. […]

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Reflections on hospitality and stakeholder engagement

Partnerships between international research organizations and national agricultural research and extension systems (NARES) are crucial in the development and successful adoption of agricultural innovations. In this blog post, the author recounts her humbling experience as she reflects on the hospitality of a NARES partner, which was indicative of strong stakeholder engagement—a key ingredient in promoting […]

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ASEAN cooperation: Crucial to global food security

There is a clear and present danger that another global food price crisis will emerge sooner rather than later. A key signal is the lackluster result of the December 2013 Ninth Ministerial Conference of the World Trade Organization (WTO) in Bali, Indonesia—in the heart of the ASEAN community. The complex of compromises arising from the […]

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Why does everyone hate the Thai rice mortgage scheme?

The Thai rice mortgage scheme continues to receive a fair amount of media bashing even after completing its one-year anniversary on 7 October 2012. The debate on its impacts on Thailand and the rest of the world continues to take center stage at a majority of rice conferences in the region. The media and rice […]

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A rice breeder’s odyssey from surfer to scientist—and onward to “Mars”

David Mackill grew up in San Diego, California, in the 1960s and early ‘70s, enjoying the life of a beach bum and surfer on the nearby Pacific coast. “I spent a lot of time on the waves and quite a bit of time being ‘submerged’ by the waves,” he said, fondly recalling his surfer days. […]

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