The Heirloom Rice Project is an initiative under the Food Staples Sufficiency Program (FSSP) of the Philippine Department of Agriculture (DA).
With support from the various agencies of the DA and the International Rice Research Institute (http://irri.org), this collaborative project aims to enhance the productivity and enrich the legacy of heirloom or traditional rice through empowered communities in unfavorable rice-based ecosystems. It holds the promise of becoming a remarkable endeavor for culturally rich communities in isolated regions of the world, particularly the hinterlands of Asia, Latin America, and Africa.
Feathers in the Fields: The Birds of International Rice Research Institute
From 3 May through 27 September 2013, a photographic exhibition at the Riceworld Museum of the International Rice Research Institute (http://irri.org) in Los Banos, Philippines, is featuring the more than 50 birds species that frequent the Institute's rice plots on its experimental farm.
Here, some of the contributors talk about their passion for photographing and observing these feathered creatures and how they photograph birds in the fields.
The last two videos show the opening program, ribbon cutting, and viewing of the exhibition on Friday afternoon, 3 May 2013.
Farmers tell their stories about using various new and helpful technologies such as the Superbag, direct seeding of rice using a drumseeder, using flood-and salt- tolerant rice varieties, laser leveling, and aerobic rice.
Starting in early December 2012, Achim Dobermann, deputy director general for research at the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI; http://irri.org), and Leigh Vial, head of IRRI's experiment station, begin IRRI Agronomy Challenge 2. It is the continuation of a special project in which they demonstrate how to grow a productive rice crop in a 25 x 100-meter field on IRRI's research farm.
Starting out this time, they have decided to mechanically transplant seedlings instead of direct seeding and half the plot is planted to a hybrid variety and the other to an inbred variety.