Rice Today

Rice Today is the flagship communication arm of the RICE CRP. It is published by IRRI with significant contributions from AfricaRice and CIAT. It is produced in partnership with Cirad, IRD, and JIRCAS.

  • Women’s groups lead agricultural innovations in Odisha
    by Deepti Saksena and Manzoor Dar on November 20, 2017 at 5:18 am

    Odisha, India—Women Self-Help Groups (SHGs) in Odisha are being tapped to lead agricultural innovations, including varietal selection and the adoption of climate-smart rice. Women farmers are often less productive than men because they have limited access to technology and information. However, they have an enormous potential to make significant contributions to improving agricultural productivity and […]

  • Productivity growth is important for sustainable rice production
    by Achim Dobermann on November 20, 2017 at 1:00 am

    Definitions of “sustainable” that can be found in dictionaries include “able to be maintained at a certain rate or level,” “conserving an ecological balance by avoiding depletion of natural resources,” or “causing little or no damage to the environment and therefore able to continue for a long time.” There is nothing wrong with that, except […]

  • “Evidence Hubs” help increase use of improved rice varieties in Odisha
    by Deepti Saksena and Manzoor Dar on November 13, 2017 at 2:58 am

    Odisha, India—Agriculture in the state of Odisha is characterized by low productivity due to various factors. Environmental stress is the most important yield-limiting factor. Around 1.1, 1.3 and 0.15 million hectares rice area in Odisha are prone to flooding, drought, and soil salinity, respectively. Other factors include low seed and varietal replacement, non-availability of quality […]

  • An app tailor-made for India’s rice farmers
    by Preeti Bharti, Priyanka Anand, Amit Mishra, and Sheetal Sharma on November 8, 2017 at 7:53 am

    Given the wide variability of farms across India, the Rice Crop Manager (RCM) is providing management recommendations tailored to each farmer’s field. In Odisha, rice is synonymous with food. Out of the total arable land area of 5.8 million hectares (ha), rice is grown on 4.5 million ha (around 77%) of both rainfed and irrigated […]

  • IPM (No, not integrated pesticide management!)
    by Buyung Hadi on November 6, 2017 at 1:10 am

    Even as we continue to promote farmer education on IPM principles and knowledge, it is important to start paying attention to the amount of investment sustaining other pest management options. The evidence is mounting. If you drive through rural Southeast Asia between nine and eleven o’clock in the morning and roll your window down, you […]

  • Climate change action plans for rice farming: from concepts to implementation
    by Bernadette Joven on October 30, 2017 at 1:00 am

    Rice-growing countries in Asia are moving toward the development and implementation of concrete mitigation programs to reduce the environmental footprint of the rice sector. Despite a few setbacks, global climate agreements continue to tread on a positive path with more nations signifying official support for the Paris Agreement. However, although many countries are moving toward […]

  • From dust bowl to rice bowl
    by Savitri Mohapatra on October 23, 2017 at 2:09 am

    Conservation agriculture has a vital role to play in sub-Saharan Africa’s food security for a population projected to rise to 2 billion by 2050. It is the harmattan season when dry, dust-laden winds from the Sahara Desert sweep across West Africa. “As you can see, we had almost no rainfall here,” said Kouakou Ali, a […]

  • Rice Today Vol. 16, No. 3
    by Alaric Santiaguel on October 20, 2017 at 6:41 am

      Unlocking the potential of rice diversity Revolutionizing the genetic blueprint of rice The role of science in reducing poverty and hunger […]

  • The link between rice sustainability and food security
    by James Lomax on October 16, 2017 at 6:12 am

    The United Nations Environment Programme’s focus in the rice sector is borne not only from its importance in feeding a growing and economically developing population but also from its relationship with the environment. Rice is fundamental to people and the planet. It is the staple food for some 4 billion people worldwide and for 70% […]

  • Public-private partnership task force for rice to improve Vietnam’s rice sector
    by Better Rice Initiative Asia-Monthly Update on October 5, 2017 at 2:11 am

    To contribute to government policies for improving the rice sector in Vietnam, the Better Rice Initiative Asia (BRIA) has developed and submitted a concept for the establishment of a public-private partnership task force (PPP TF) for the rice commodity to the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MARD). This is to support MARD’s decision to […]

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