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Norman Borlaug (1914-2009): passion, persistence, and persuasion. (Photo: IRRI) Norman Borlaug received the Nobel Peace Prize in 1970, about 25 years after he began working to increase food production in Mexico. He received the Prize at the midpoint of his career. Before then and since then, he has endured...

(Photo: Barker archives) When I was an agricultural economist at Cornell University in 1965, I agreed to go to Los Baños [Philippines] with my family...

(Photo: Sheehy archives) Before C4 rice even made it to the drawing board, John Sheehy was already quite famous among his peers for his insight, boldness,...

Michael Gale. A world-class scientist and citizen who will always be remembered well for his generosity in sharing his ideas and time to help solve problems...

Randy Barker, IRRI agricultural economist and head, Economics Department, 1966-78; acting head, Social Sciences Division, 2007-08 When I first came to IRRI in 1966 just before IR8, people at that time looked at IRRI and said, “that’s a nice set of buildings,” but they didn’t think the Institute would ever produce anything. There was a real skepticism about whether...

(Photo: Adam Barclay) My father, S. Ram Singh, was a progressive farmer and I would say that I inherited from him the gene that bestowed upon me my...

FILIPINO FARMER Johnny Tejeda tends his rice crop in Iloilo. (Photo: Lorelei dela Cruz) The global food crisis of 2008 hit Asia particularly hard. The...

Happy days at IRRI circa 1970: Usha Palaniswamy (with white headband and glasses) enjoys snacks with her father Kodiveri (to her left), mother Indrani...

Carolyn Moomaw Wilhelm and her late husband, James (“Jim”) Curtis Moomaw, arrived at International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) headquarters in...

Peter Jennings, the International Rice Research Institute’s first rice breeder (1961-67), with a long career in Latin America after his work in Asia,...