An IRRI Seminar
By Yoichiro Kato
Scientist II-Rainfed Lowland Agronomist for Southeast Asia
Crop and Environmental Sciences Division (CESD)
13 August 2015
The rainfed rice ecosystem spreads 55 million hectares in South and Southeast Asia, where rice growth is often hampered by water problems (drought and floods). In many cases, other problems related to soil and water, such as salinity and nutrient disorder, accompany them. Fortunately, breeders from IRRI and NARES have already developed a series of stress-tolerant rice varieties and have disseminated them to farmers’ fields. One of our challenges now is to make full use of these materials.
However, as experts themselves, Asian farmers already have an independent opinion on how they could make their crops adapt better to stress-prone environments. They are the ones to give a final review of any "innovative" option, and ready-made recommendations may not often work. In this seminar, I will briefly introduce how we've tried to address these issues in the Rainfed Lowland Agronomy team for the last two years, seeking for both basic understanding of and interaction with farmers.