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(Photo: IRRI) Innocent-looking rice plants also engage in courtship and marriage. The rites are simple, devoid of an elegant and expensive entourage. The bride, the superstar of the occasion, is not in the usual wedding gown. She is simply a dark green rice plant with flowers stripped off its anthers, the...

The Adventures of Gabby Ghas cover. (Photo: Chris Quintana) More than being entertaining, a well-told story may serve as an agent of change and cultural...

(Photo: NASA/JPL-Caltech/2MASS/SSI/University of Wisconsin) In southern Travancore, Kerala State in India, many ancestral homes are located close to large...

Lady beetles are farmers’ best friends because they eat pests that destroy rice. (Photo: Chris Quintana) Don’t let the lady beetle’s adorable...

The sights and sounds of the International Rice Festival have attracted more than 7 million visitors since it began 75 years ago. (Photo: International...

Details of “Hats, baskets, carpets they make or fuel, fodder and mulch Straw does various shapes and sizes, even bags for a punch,” a piece...

In the Philippines, a country with 1,001 fiestas, town celebrations tend to become indistinguishable from one another. Brass marching bands, multicolored...

Rangoli is traditional Indian art made from rice flour that is used to adorn Hindu homes. Elaborate and colorful patterns are used during festive occasions....

(Photo: IRRI) In honor of the 50th anniversary of the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI), which is based in the Philippines, the Philippine Postal...

The author (center) with two symposium staff clad in kimonos. (Photo: Furya Takashi) Maybe I was hallucinating but I thought I saw a pair of socks among...