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Rice Today Vol. 8, No. 1

Rice Today Vol. 8, No. 1

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Published by Rice Today
January-March 2009
How much water does rice need?
Revisiting China
The geography of soil
World Rice Commerce 2008
Rice you don’t eat: art, socks, and shampoo
January-March 2009
How much water does rice need?
Revisiting China
The geography of soil
World Rice Commerce 2008
Rice you don’t eat: art, socks, and shampoo

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Rice Today
 
January-March 2009
 
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ISSN 1655-5422
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International Rice Research InstituteJanuary-March 2009, Vol. 8, No. 1
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Revisiting ChinaThe geography of soilWorld Rice Commerce 2008Rice you dont eat: art, socks, and shampoo
How muchwater doesrice need?
 
Rice Today
 
January-March 2009
 
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Vol. 8, No. 1
International Rice Research Institute
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Gene Hettel, Meg Mondoñedo, Bill Hardy
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Savitri Mohapatra (Africa Rice Center – WARDA)
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institutin fcused n imrving the we-being f resent and future generatins f rice farmers and cnsumers, articuary thse with w incmes, whie reservingnatura resurces. IRRI was estabished in 1960 by the Frd and RckefeerFundatins with the he and arva f the Gvernment f the phiiines.
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EDITORIAL ................................................................4
Hidden treasure
NEWS ......................................................................... 5
Southeast Asian nations endorse Rice Action PlanVietnam to host International Rice CongressA global voice or the global grainPest outbreaks in IndiaWaterproo rice set to make waves in South Asia
NEW BOOKS ..............................................................8
Rural poverty and income dynamics in Asia and Arica
TRAINING COURSES AT IRRI ...................................8PEOPLE ......................................................................9
Awards and recognitionKeeping up with IRRI staff Obituary
SPECIAL REPORT ....................................................11
World Rice Commerce 2008: price volatility set tocontinue
MAKING SCIENCE WORK .......................................13
A communication campaign designed to link riceproduction with relevant science promises tohelp Arican armers and processors boost theirproductivity
SOWING THE SEEDS OF ART .................................14
When is a paddy not a paddy? When it’s a canvas, o course. In Japan’s Aomori Preecture, rice is ar morethan mere ood.
RICE ON THE CUTTING EDGE ................................18
Sometimes the best inventions are accidental. Innortheastern Thailand, armers are adopting aweed-control method frst taught to them by theiranimals.
THE IRRI PIONEER INTERVIEWS ...........................20
Dedicated scientists—a child’s inspiration
SNAPSHOT ..............................................................22
From arm to market
RICE IN THE DRAGON’S SHADOW ........................24
The political turmoil o the 1970s ormed the backdropto the frst visits o International Rice ResearchInstitute staff to China. Agricultural economistRandy Barker, one o the team o scientists whoventured to the world’s largest rice producer,recounts the experience.
HOW MUCH WATER DOES RICE USE? ...................28
Rice Today 
examines this oten-asked (and oten poorlyanswered) question
MAPS .......................................................................30
Soil quality in rained lowland rice
LOVE AT FIRST SITE ................................................32
One Filipino armer’s experience with a better way o managing his crop’s ertilizer needs could inspirechange across the nation’s rice felds
MORE THAN MEETS YOUR RICE ............................35
Rice Today 
ventures to Japan to fnd an astonishingrange o rice products, most o which you wouldn’twant to eat
SEAL OF APPROVAL ...............................................36
Hermetic storage o rice is becoming increasinglypopular across Asia, and or good reason—aswell as being transportable, it is better than air-conditioned storage and almost as good as a coldroom, at a raction o the cost o either
BUY A HOUSE ON A HILL .......................................38
As Earth’s climate changes, so does the way weapproach agriculture. The head o the InternationalRice Research Institute’s applied photosynthesislaboratory offers his observations on the currentstate o play.
RICE FACTS ..............................................................40
Rice and the global fnancial crisisWhat are the short- and long-term impacts on riceproduction and ood security?Investing in the utureHow will uture investment in agriculture affect riceprices?
GRAIN OF TRUTH ...................................................42
Food security and ertilizer
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Terraces and channelsintertwine to eedwater to rice in paddiesin Vietnam.

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