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Through the Rural Development Administration (RDA), the Republic of Korea (commonly called South Korea) has been collaborating with IRRI since the 1960s to breed the temperate Japonica rice variety with the tropically grown indica variety. This produced the rice variety Tongil, which transformed Korea from a rice importer to a self-sufficient producer.

South Korea and IRRI partner up on rice science for development

posted Nov 1, 2016, 5:34 PM by

SEOUL, South Korea—27 October. The Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) and IRRI signed a memorandum of understanding to fight poverty and hunger in developing countries through rice science and modern agricultural technologies.

Asian agriculture experts attend 14th annual rice technology transfer workshop in Korea

posted Aug 8, 2016, 12:36 AM by

JEONJU, Korea— Eighteen agriculture experts from 10 Asian countries attended the annual  workshop on the effective transfer of rice production technologies from sources to target users, 19 June to 2 July.  (This was originally published in July 2016)

South Korean documentary reenacts development of Tongil miracle rice

posted Aug 4, 2016, 1:02 AM by

LOS BAÑOS, Philippines—In 2016, South Korea celebrates 100 years of science and technology by recalling the storied history of its miracle rice called Tongil (or Tong-Il). The rice is viewed by many as one of the country's most important scientific achievements in the 20th century. (This was originally published in March 2016)

South Korea appoints IRRI plant breeder as honorary scientist

posted Aug 3, 2016, 11:06 PM by

JEONJU, South Korea—The Rural Development Administration (RDA) of South Korea has appointed Kshirod K. Jena as honorary scientist and adviser on agricultural science and technology effective from January 2016 through December 2018. (This was originally published in March 2016)

Mayor of Cheongdo County in South Korea visits the “birthplace” of Tong-il rice

posted Jan 3, 2016, 7:36 PM by

Seong-Yool Lee, mayor of Cheongdo County, South Korea, visited IRRI on 11 November 2015 to learn about the historical relationship between Korea and the Institute. The Government of the Republic of Korea has been working with IRRI since 1964. The collaborative research between the Rural Development Administration (RDA) and IRRI resulted in the development of Tong-il rice varieties. (This was originally published in November 2015)

IRRI TC and ITCC RDA conducted 12th RTTS Training

posted Jan 26, 2015, 10:35 PM by

The 12th Training Workshop on Rice Technology Transfer Systems (RTTS) in Asia was held at Suwon, Korea on 21 April-2 May 2014. RTTS was a joint collaboration of the IRRI Training Center (TC) and the International Technology Cooperation Center (ITCC) Rural Development Administration (RDA). (This article was published in May 2014)

Sokor RDA and IRRI ink new set of projects

posted Jan 26, 2015, 10:34 PM by

Representatives of the Rural Development Authority of the Republic of Korea, and the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) met at IRRI headquarters, 21 April 2014, to assess the progress of the 2012-2013 collaborations and to develop the 2014-2015 RDA-lRRl collaborative work plan, which includes the approval of new project proposals. (This article was published in April 2014)

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