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As far back as 1941, Thailand recognized the importance of deepwater rice research by building the Huntra Rice Experiment Station. The first formal link between Thailand and IRRI was made in 1960-1963 when Prince M.C. Chakrabandhu became a founding member of the IRRI Board of Trustees.

Rice Science Academy conducts training on reducing postharvest losses

posted Aug 5, 2016, 1:06 AM by

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)

Thai Rice Department and IRRI intensify joint R&D program

posted Aug 4, 2016, 1:19 AM by

LOS BAÑOS, Philippines—The Royal Government of Thailand is set to strengthen research and development ties with the International Rice Research Institute. The director general and senior officers of the Thai Rice Department (TRD) are at IRRI headquarters today (4 April) to further flesh out the collaboration with scientists. (This was originally published in April 2016)

More Asian rice farmers to benefit from CORIGAP technologies

posted Aug 3, 2016, 10:38 PM by

YOGYAKARTA, Indonesia—More farmers in Southeast Asia will benefit from integrated crop and natural resource management approaches in major rice-based systems. (This was originally published in Feb 2016)

Thailand and IRRI deepen collaborative research agenda

posted Aug 3, 2016, 10:35 PM by

BANGKOK, Thailand—During a meeting at the Thai Ministry of Agriculture and Cooperatives on 16 February, Thailand and the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) agreed to expand their partnership through more collaborative research activities. (This was originally published in Feb 2016)

Thailand invests in partnership-driven rice research

posted Oct 12, 2015, 1:29 AM by

In an effort to further implement the rice research agenda of the country, the Royal Thai Government through the Rice Department recently approved annual donation of THB 3,600,000 (equivalent of USD 100,000) starting fiscal year 2014-2015 to the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI).

Thai agriculture minister visits IRRI to discuss joint work

posted Mar 15, 2015, 5:07 PM by

Thai Agricultural Minister H.E. Petipong Pungbun Na Ayudha, with Bruce Tolentino (DDG-CP) and Robert Zeigler (DG)
H.E. Petipong Pungbun Na Ayudhya, Thailand's Ministry of Agriculture and Cooperatives (MOAC), and party visited the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) Headquarters to further strengthen its partnership with the Institute on 13 February. (This article was published in February 2015)

IRRI scientists publish article on using satellites to map a wide range of rice environments in Asia

posted Jan 25, 2015, 11:27 PM by

Providing accurate, timely, and detailed information on staple crops like rice is the basis for food security policies. This is especially important in Asia where rapid changes in rice sector policies, market preferences, land use, water availability, and climate are occurring simultaneously. 

Since 2012, IRRI has been collaborating with partners in Europe and Asia on the RIICE (Remote Sensing based Information and Insurance for crops in Emerging economies) project to build in-country capacity to use satellite information for rice crop monitoring in Cambodia, India, Indonesia, Philippines, Thailand, and Vietnam. (This article was published in December 2014)

Thailand: CORIGAP team conducts workshop on the environmental footprint of rice production

posted Jan 25, 2015, 11:26 PM by

CORIGAP team workshop in ThailandThe Closing Rice Yield Gaps in Asia with Reduced Environmental Footprint (CORIGAP) project conducted a Participatory Impact Pathway Analysis (PIPA) workshop for 30 participants from 12 different Thai organizations in Bangkok, Thailand on 8-9 September. (This article was published in September 2014)

Stop abusing insecticides in rice

posted Jan 25, 2015, 11:23 PM by

To prevent devastating insect pest outbreaks in rice that cause millions of dollars of damage, the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) has called for a ban on certain insecticides in rice production as part of its new Action plan to reduce planthopper damage to rice crops in Asia. (This article was published in December 2011)

IRRI supports Thai move to stop insecticide use in rice

posted Jan 25, 2015, 11:22 PM by

The International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) has applauded the Thai Sustainable Planthopper initiative to restrict the use of two types of insecticides that are a major cause of outbreaks of brown planthoppers, which are devastating rice crops across Thailand. (This article was published in June 2011)

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