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The 10 years of intensive rice research that followed the release of IR8 pointed to those with irrigation—only one in four rice farmers—as the main beneficiaries of the new rice technology. What about the other three? The technology that allows farmers to produce two or three crops where one was...

The challenges to rice researchers and farmers in 1979 have many elements in common with those faced by scientists and rice producers in 1960. Even though...

We like to say that Filipinos love their rice but my time at the Heirloom Rice Project showed me that to Cordillerans, heirloom rice is more than just...

Our potential for future international cooperation was greatly enhanced in 1978 by the development of active cooperation with scientists from the People’s...

IRRI researchers are playing a vital role in identifying the socioeconomic constraints to rice production and in testing the ability of farmers to respond...

In 1976, IRRI scientists and cooperators in national programs continued to evolve a research approach for the development of improved rice varieties. During...

We now know that conservatism—the reluctance of farmers to accept new ideas—only partly explains the low adoption of the new rice technology. The primary...

During 1974, we at IRRI have given considerable thought to how we can more effectively help the world’s small farmers increase their rice production....

IRRI’s growing germplasm bank now contains more than 30,000 of the world’s estimated 100,000 varieties. Many of these varieties yield poorly...

Although the IRRI varieties with improved plant type have found acceptance over wide areas, even more important accomplishments of the institute, however,...