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IRRI began its first initiative in Pakistan in 1966 when the Ford Foundation decided to fund the Institute directly to hire rice specialists. It was through this arrangement that Kenneth Mueller was hired as a rice specialist to lead the Pakistan accelerated rice production project. Collaboration between Pakistan and IRRI has continued and extended into mechanization, rice-wheat cropping systems, and resource-conserving technologies.

From crop production to market: Improving the livelihood of Pakistan’s basmati rice farmers

posted Aug 22, 2016, 8:46 PM by

A program for improving Pakistan’s basmati rice for the export market is a shining example of how the private and public sectors can work together to make a difference. (This was originally published in Rice Today in March 2016)

“Super rice” to reach more poor farmers in Asia and Africa

posted Aug 5, 2016, 12:37 AM by

LOS BAÑOS, Philippines—Hardy “super rice” varieties that can thrive even with less water, fertilizer, and pesticides will soon reach more farmers living in harsh locations in Asia and Africa under the third phase of the Green Super Rice (GSR) project. (This was originally published in April 2016)

Pakistan: CSISA convinces more farmers to use zero-tillage technology for direct seeded rice

posted Jan 26, 2015, 5:54 PM by

The Cereal System Initiative South Asia (CSISA) is promoting zero-tillage technology for direct seeded rice (DSR) at a few places in and outside Pakistan.  Zero-tillage for DSR, which reduces cost of production while increasing crop yields and farmers’ profits, has been successfully demonstrated through various CSISA traveling seminars and outreach programs. (This article was published in August 2012)

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