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Rice Today Vol. 9, No. 4

Rice Today Vol. 9, No. 4

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October-December 2010 The seed keepers' treasure Rice for peace A genetic odyssey Hybridizing the world Clearfield technology
October-December 2010 The seed keepers' treasure Rice for peace A genetic odyssey Hybridizing the world Clearfield technology

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International Rice Research InstituteOctober-December 2010, Vol. 9, No. 4
Theseedkeepers’
Rice or peaceA genetic odysseyHybridizing the worldClearfeld technology
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October-December 2010
 
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is the only company in the worldfocused solely on a single crop – rice,and has dedicated itself to building aninternational rice enterprise. This singularvision keeps RiceCo centered onbecoming the world’s premier developer,marketer and supplier of crop protectionproducts for rice and services to the riceindustry. We are committed to taking rice
“...from the paddy to the plate.” 
 
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Vol. 9, No. 4
cover
Dante Palmes
publisher
Jerem Zwinger
associate publisher
Dncan Macintosh
managing editor
V. Sbramanian
editor
Mia Ares
associate editor
Lanie Rees
contributing writers
Sophie Claton, Gene Hettel, Trina Leah Mendoza,Samarend Mohant, Andrew Nelson, Alaric Santiagel
Arica editor
Savitri Mohapatra (AricaRice)
copy editor
Bill Hard
art director
Jan Lazaro IV
designer and production supervisor
Grant Leceta
photo editors
Chris Qintana, Isagani Serrano
circulation
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Web master
Darell Sison
printer
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Rice Today 
is published by The Rice Trader Inc. (TRT) in association with theInternational Rice Research Institute (IRRI). TRT, or 20 years, has brought 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.
Rice Today 
welcomes comments and suggestions rom readers.
Rice Today 
 assumes no responsibility or loss o or damage to unsolicited submissions, whichshould be accompanied by sucient return postage. The opinions expressed by columnists in
Rice Today 
do not necessarily reectthe views o TRT or IRRI.
International Rice Research Institute 2010This magazine is copyrighted by the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) and is licensed or use under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 License(Unported). Unless otherwise noted, users are ree to copy, duplicate, or reproduce, and distribute, display, or transmit any o the articles or portions o the articles, and to make translations,adaptations, or other derivative works under the ollowing conditions. To view the ull text o this license, visit http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/3.0/.
On the cover:
This reproduction o an oil-on-canvas painting by Filipinoartist-photographer Dante Palmes (dcpalmes.atspace.com) depicts the upland rice harvest near Chiang Mai,Thailand. It is based on a photo the artist took himsel while on assignment or
Rice Today 
to illustrate
Winningthe upland poverty war 
on pages 14-18 o Vol. 9, No. 1.Mr. Palmes’ work is also eatured in our special insertwall calendar or 2011, where he depicts harvesting andthreshing times in the Philippines.
International Rice Research Institte
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EDITORIAL ................................................................4
Never an empty bowl
HIDDEN TREASuRE ..................................................5NEWS ......................................................................... 6PEOPLE ...................................................................... 8THE SEED kEEPERS' TREASuRE ............................12
Challenged and threatened by developmentintruding on their lands and traditions, theseed keepers o the Philippines’ Cordilleraregion ercely held on to their native ricevarieties
RICE fOR PEACE .....................................................17
War-torn Arican nations turn back to rice to rebuildlives and regain peace
A GENETIC ODySSEy .............................................20
 The odyssey o Carolina Gold and White spansAsia, Arica, and North and South America,touching the lives o armers, scientists,slaves, and soldiers who reused to surrender
DEVELOPING NEW TALENTS .................................24
IRRI’s rice production course balances science theoryand practical experience to orm a new generationo well-rounded agricultural scientists
MAPS .......................................................................26
The value o rice
ExTENSION GOES MOBILE
...............................29
Farmers can now use ubiquitous mobile phonesto access ertilizer inormation whenever andwherever they need it
HyBRIDIZING THE WORLD ....................................32
As China pushes on with its successul hybrid riceprogram, more and more countries around theworld are taking a lea out o the hybrid book 
IRRI@50 ...................................................................36
2010 IRRI Outstanding AlumniCountry highlight: IRRI in Vietnam
PIONEER INTERVIEWS ...........................................40
It's like playing roulette—and you get paid or it!
CLEARfIELD TECHNOLOGy CLEARS OuTRED RICE .............................................................44
The adoption o Cleareld technology brings positivechanges to the U.S. rice industry
RICE fACTS ..............................................................47
Global wheat markets in turmoil: What does this meanor rice?
GRAIN Of TRuTH ...................................................50
Agricultural biodiversity: the lasting legacy o earlyarmers

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