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Rice Today Vol. 8, No. 4

Rice Today Vol. 8, No. 4

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Published by Rice Today
October-December 2009
Praying for rain
Perils of the delayed Indian monsoon
Africa modernizes its rice production
Tribute to Father of the Green Revolution
Unusual weather patterns: signs of climate change?
October-December 2009
Praying for rain
Perils of the delayed Indian monsoon
Africa modernizes its rice production
Tribute to Father of the Green Revolution
Unusual weather patterns: signs of climate change?

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Rice Today
 
October-December 2009
 
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International Rice Research InstituteOctober-December 2009, Vol. 8, No. 4
Praying for rain
Perils of the delayed Indian monsoon
Africa modernizes its rice productionTribute to Father of the Green RevolutionUnusual weather patterns: signs of climate change?
 
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Vol. 8, No. 4
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Jeremy Zwinger
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managing ditor
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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 condential inormation about the rice market, this weeklysummary o market data analysis has helped both the leading commercial ricecompanies and regional government o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 oces in 13 other countries, IRRI is an autonomous,nonprot 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 nonprot 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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Dlad monsoon in India as causd a 15–20%rduction in t countr’s ric production. Tis assubsquntl takn out 4% o t world’s ric supplaccording to USDA stimats. As almost al o tnation’s stats dclar drougt conditions and apossibl ood sortag looms bor t countr,cildrn in Nari, Bari, li in mud and pra or rain tocom and sowr tir parcd land.Wil India rls rom drougt conditions, otrcountris xprinc dlugs tat drown tir crops.Tis issu aturs t man acs o climat cang.
International Rice Research Institute
DAPO Box 7777, Mtro Manila, PilippinsWb IRRI: www.irri.org; www.irri.org/rictodaWb Librar: ttp://riclib.irri.cgiar.orgWb Ric Knowldg Bank: www.knowldgbank.irri.org
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