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Rice Today Vol. 8, No. 2

Rice Today Vol. 8, No. 2

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Published by Rice Today
April-June 2009
"Scuba rice"
New varieties save farms from floods
Zero-till hero
Drought-proof rice in Africa
Rice science in the digital age
Bangladesh copes with the hunger months
April-June 2009
"Scuba rice"
New varieties save farms from floods
Zero-till hero
Drought-proof rice in Africa
Rice science in the digital age
Bangladesh copes with the hunger months

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Rice Today
 
 April-June 2009
 
US$5.00
ISSN 1655-5422
 www.irri.org
 
International Rice Research InstituteApril-June 2009, Vol. 8, No. 2
"Scuba rice"
New varieties save farms from oods
Zero-till heroDrought-proof rice in AfricaRice science in the digital ageBangladesh copes with the hunger months
 
Rice Today
 
 April-June 2009
 
contents
Vol. 8, No. 2
cover photo
IRRI
publisher
Jeremy Zwinger
associate publisher
Duncan Macintosh
managing editor
V. Subramanian
editor
Mia Aureus
associate editor
Lanie Reyes
contributing writers
Gene Hettel, Sophie Clayton, Sam Mohanty, Leah BaroñaCruz
Arica editor
Savitri Mohapatra (Africa Rice Center – WARDA)
copy editor
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Rice Today 
is published by The Rice Trader Inc. (TRT) in association with theInternational Rice Research Institute (IRRI). TRT, or 19 years, brought its subscribers crucial, up-to-the-minute inormationon rice trade through its weekly publication,
The Rice Trader.
Acknowledged asthe only source o confdential inormation about the rice market, this weeklysummary o market data analysis has helped both the leading commercial ricecompanies and regional government offi cials make inormed decisions, which arecritical in today’s market.IRRI is the world’s leading international rice research and training center. Basedin the Philippines and with offi ces in 13 other countries, IRRI is an autonomous,nonproft institution ocused on improving the well-being o present and uturegenerations o rice armers and consumers, particularly those with low incomes,while preserving natural resources. It is one o the 15 nonproft internationalresearch centers supported, in part, by members o the Consultative Group onInternational Agricultural Research (CGIAR – www.cgiar.org) and a range o otherunding agencies.Responsibility or this publication rests with TRT and IRRI. Designations usedin this publication should not be construed as expressing TRT or IRRI policy oropinion on the legal status o any country, territory, city, or area, or its authorities,or the delimitation o its rontiers or boundaries.
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EDITORIAL ................................................................4
Reasons or hope
HIDDEN TREASURE ..................................................5NEWS .........................................................................6
50 years o rice research helps eed the worldDr. Khush donates to Punjab Agricultural University
New rice plant could ease threat o hunger orpoor
Nobel Laureate Dr. Norman Borlaug calls or secondGreen RevolutionIRRI enters into two new rice research partnershipsRats destroy rice crops in BicolFrom agricultural waste to useul energy
PEOPLE ....................................................................10
Awards and recognitionKeeping up with IRRI staff 
RICE SCIENCE IN THE DIGITAL AGE .....................13
IRRI books move rom dusty shelves to the virtuallibrary. Need a book? Google it!
NEW BOOKS ............................................................16
Trust in the SeedDrought Frontiers in Rice: Crop Improvement orIncreased Rained ProductionPathways rom Poverty: The Process o Graduation inRural Bangladesh
STRENGTHENING THE SYSTEM ............................18
For 15 years, the Rice-Wheat Consortium o the Indo-Gangetic Plains has been working to help SouthAsian armers reduce their costs, increase theirproductivity, and help the environment
SNAPSHOT ..............................................................24
IRRI and UC researchers with Harir Danga communityin northwestern Bangladesh
SCUBA RICE.............................................................26
Stemming the tide in flood-prone South Asia
EASING THE PLIGHT OF THE HUNGRY .................32
Monga
(hunger months) occurs every year inBangladesh. Researchers revisited the country in2008 to fnd out how some arming technologieswere able to help amilies cope during these toughtimes
PIONEER INTERVIEWS ...........................................34
In the Punjab—an outstanding armer revisited
ASIAN CONSUMPTION TO DRIVE MARKETS IN2009 .....................................................................37
World Grains Trade Summit sees Asian consumptiondriving the world grains market in 2009
MAPS .......................................................................38
Water mapping with satellites
On the cover:
Flood-tolerant Sub1 rice lines thrive—in contrast totheir non-Sub1 counterparts—even ater 17 days'submergence in the feld at IRRI headquarters in thePhilippines. Learn about the importance o this “scuba”rice to flood-prone South Asia, beginning on page 26.
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DROUGHT-PROOF RICEFOR AFRICAN FARMERS ......................................41
Research institutes, donor agencies, and communityrepresentatives collaborate to develop drought-tolerant rice or Arican armers
RICE FACTS ..............................................................44
Global rice trade: What does it mean or uture oodsecurity?
GRAIN OF TRUTH ...................................................46
Can less avorable areas obtain ood security?

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