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Cooperation between the government of Nepal and IRRI began in 1985. This covers research on improvement of rainfed lowland and irrigated rice varieties, plant pathology, entomology, soil science, agronomy, and farming systems. It also includes education and training of Nepalese scientists and technology transfer.

Profiles of successful seed producer farmers in Nepal

posted Aug 22, 2016, 8:37 PM by

With no advanced education, Khushi Ram Mishra and Lok Nath Devkota have become successful seed producer farmers in Nepal. Their success stories are still unfolding as they contribute to the improvement of their families’ lives and of their country. (
This was originally published in Rice Today in July 2016)

Visit of Nepal's agriculture secretary strengthens partnership with IRRI

posted Aug 7, 2016, 11:29 PM by

LOS BAÑOS, Philippines, 6-9 June 2016—The four-day visit to the headquarters of the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) of Shri Uttam Kumar Bhattarai (photo at right), secretary of Nepal’s Ministry of Agricultural Development (MoAD), has paved the way for stronger collaboration, particularly in helping the country attain rice self-sufficiency. (This was originally published in June 2016)

Rice Science Academy conducts training on reducing postharvest losses

posted Aug 5, 2016, 1:03 AM by   [ updated Aug 5, 2016, 1:04 AM ]

LOS BAÑOS, Philippines— Extension professionals, researchers, and farmer leaders from seven Asian countries attended two weeks (4-15 April) of rigorous training (photo) conducted by the Rice Science Academy at the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI). (This was originally published in April 2016)

Enhanced varietal development and seed delivery systems for Bangladesh and Nepal tackled in STRASA meeting

posted Oct 12, 2015, 1:05 AM by

Targeted research and robust seed delivery systems for Bangladesh and Nepal were the objectives for STRASA Phase 3 Year 2, as the project held its annual planning and review of Year 1 in Kathmandu, Nepal, on 17 September 2015. (This was originally published in September 2015)

USAID-funded project to boost farmer adoption of stress-tolerant rice in Nepal and Cambodia

posted Oct 12, 2015, 1:02 AM by

USAID-ASTV, funded by USAID, recently concluded its inception and planning workshop for Nepal in Hotel Annapurna, Kathmandu on 16 September. The event had intensive discussions on quality seed production of STRVs and multiplication by both public and private sector, as well as how the project can capitalize on the seed system and new seed policy in Nepal for the success of the project. (This was originally published in September 2015)

New project aims to speed up adoption of stress-tolerant rice varieties among farmers in Nepal and Cambodia

posted Jun 9, 2015, 7:32 PM by   [ updated Jul 28, 2015, 6:29 PM ]

His Excellency Ty Sokhun, Secretary of State, Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, stressed that sustained rice production growth was a major goal for Cambodia at the launching of a new project promoting stress-tolerant rice varieties.  (This was originally published on 10 June 2015)

South Asian officials and IRRI agree on broader partnership

posted Apr 21, 2015, 6:59 PM by   [ updated Jul 28, 2015, 6:29 PM ]

Los Baños, Philippines - Secretary General Arjun Bahadur Thapa of the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) has invited the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) to address the SAARC ministerial assembly on research activities that will benefit rice farmers and consumers in the region. (This was originally published on 16 April 2015)

28 new rice varieties released in 2014 as scientists ensure responsive breeding for the future

posted Mar 29, 2015, 5:59 PM by

Drought-tolerant rice varieties being developed in IRRI.
The International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) and its partners released at least twenty-eight new rice varieties to governments of eight countries in Asia and Africa in 2014.

Regional seed cooperation speeds up release of rice varieties

posted Mar 15, 2015, 4:54 PM by   [ updated Mar 15, 2015, 4:58 PM ]

LOS BAÑOS, Philippines - An unprecedented regional seed cooperation agreement, involving India, Bangladesh, and Nepal, is speeding up the release and dissemination of rice varieties to benefit farmers in the region. The agreement is a result of discussions among officials of the three countries, convened by the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) through the Stress-Tolerant Rice for Africa and South Asia (STRASA) project. (This article was published in January 2015)

India: CSISA finalizes new rice breeding strategies for 2015

posted Jan 25, 2015, 11:08 PM by

The Cereal Systems Initiative for South Asia (CSISA-II) project held a Review and Planning Workshop to evaluate the program’s progress, and plan and finalize new breeding strategies for 2015. The workshop was held at the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) South Asia Hub, the International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid-Tropics campus in Patancheru, India on 16–17 December 2014. (This article was published in January 2015)

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