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IRRI has a special relationship with the Philippines, the country being its home since the Institute’s founding in 1960. IRRI’s partnership with the Philippines began on September 1959 when the government of the Republic of the Philippines, in cooperation with the Ford and Rockefeller foundations, approved the proposal to establish IRRI in the country. 

IRRI’s international prestige lends prominence to the country as the center for collaboration in rice research. The Philippines recognizes the important role of IRRI on rice research and development by investing significantly on IRRI's R&D through the Rice Self Sufficiency Project (2006-2010) and the Food Staples Self Sufficiency Program (ongoing). 



GIS skills of Philippine agriculture field officers sharpened

posted Sep 13, 2016, 7:09 PM by Isabella Mari Jhocson ‎(IRRI)‎

LOS BAÑOS, Philippines—The Philippine Rice Information System (PRISM) project is conducting a series of workshops on basic geographic information systems (GIS) for its regional partners. Funded by the Philippine Department of Agriculture (DA), the activity trains field officers and local government units in visualizing rice area and yield, GPS-based field observations, and other data generated by PRISM for planning programs and interventions for the country’s rice sector.

15 climate-smart rice varieties transferred to PhilRice for dissemination to farmers

posted Aug 18, 2016, 8:01 PM by Isabella Mari Jhocson ‎(IRRI)‎

LOS BAÑOS, Philippines—Better access to improved, quality rice seed is essential for farmers to raise their productivity, particularly under unpredictable weather patterns due to climate change.

Philippine Rice Information System wins research award

posted Aug 14, 2016, 7:29 PM by Isabella Mari Jhocson ‎(IRRI)‎

LOS BAÑOS, Philippines – The Philippine Rice Information System (PRISM) has won the 2016 Philippine Agriculture and Resources Research Foundation, Inc. (PARRFI) Research and Development Award. PRISM received  the recognition during the recently concluded Syensaya, a series of activities and events held every year for National Science and Technology Week (NSTW).

Experts finalize Filipino version of mobile app that identifies rice pests and diseases

posted Aug 8, 2016, 12:52 AM by Isabella Mari Jhocson ‎(IRRI)‎

LOS BAÑOS, Philippines, 8 July—Agriculture experts recently held a workshop at the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) to finalize the Filipino version of Rice Doctor, a mobile app that helps identify and manage rice crop problems. (This was originally published in July 2016)

DA chief eyes advanced rice technologies to boost farmer productivity and income

posted Aug 8, 2016, 12:48 AM by Isabella Mari Jhocson ‎(IRRI)‎

LOS BAÑOS, Laguna, Philippines—True to his mission of making food available and affordable to all Filipinos, as well as improve the lives of farmers—especially in challenging upland areas—Emmanuel Piñol, new secretary of the Philippine Department of Agriculture (DA), visited the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) on 6 July. (This was originally published in July 2016)

Philippine agriculture professionals learn to use laser-guided land leveling for improving rice production

posted Aug 7, 2016, 8:46 PM by Isabella Mari Jhocson ‎(IRRI)‎

LOS BAÑOS, Laguna—Agricultural technicians and engineers from selected regional field units of the Philippine Department of Agriculture (DA) participated in a course on laser-guided land leveling (photo). It is a climate-smart farming technology that can reduce water use and boost rice productivity. (This was originally published in June 2016)

Concern for Philippine farmers when rice import quotas are lifted

posted Aug 7, 2016, 8:33 PM by Isabella Mari Jhocson ‎(IRRI)‎

LOS BAÑOS, Philippines—The head of the Philippines' food security and agricultural modernization agency has expressed her concern over the impending lifting of the trade restrictions on rice. (This was originally published in May 2016)

Exploring water-saving technology for the Philippines' national irrigation system

posted Aug 7, 2016, 8:26 PM by Isabella Mari Jhocson ‎(IRRI)‎

LOS BAÑOS, LAGUNA, Philippines—The head of the Philippines' food security and agricultural modernization agency is considering using a water-saving technology developed at the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) for the country’s national irrigation. (This was originally published in May 2016)

Climate-smart rice technologies to boost Philippine rice production

posted Aug 7, 2016, 8:25 PM by Isabella Mari Jhocson ‎(IRRI)‎

ALABANG, Philippines—Cultivating climate-smart rice varieties in unfavorable environments could boost local rice production, says Edilberto de Luna, Philippine agriculture assistant secretary for operations (photo left). De Luna said this during a meeting with rice department heads and scientists from 10 Asian countries on rainfed rice farming areas that often experience low productivity, poverty, and hunger. (This was originally published in May 2016)

Drought-tolerant Sahod Ulan 6 is farmers’ top pick in Davao Del Sur rice evaluation

posted Aug 7, 2016, 8:20 PM by Isabella Mari Jhocson ‎(IRRI)‎

MAGSAYSAY, DAVAO DEL SUR, Philippines—Sahod Ulan 6, a drought-tolerant rice variety developed at the world’s leading rice research center, received high scores for its characteristics from farmers in Magsaysay during an evaluation of six new rice varieties. (This was originally published in May 2016)

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