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Rice Today Magazine (Volume 7, no. 3)

Rice Today Magazine (Volume 7, no. 3)

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Rice Today is published by the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI), the world’s leading international rice research and training center. Based in the Philippines and with offices in 13 other countries, IRRI is an autonomous, nonprofit institution focused on improving the well-being of present and future generations of rice farmers and consumers, particularly those with low incomes, while preserving natural resources. IRRI is one of 15 centers funded through the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR), an association of public and private donor agencies. For more information, visit the CGIAR Web site (www.cgiar.org).
Rice Today is published by the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI), the world’s leading international rice research and training center. Based in the Philippines and with offices in 13 other countries, IRRI is an autonomous, nonprofit institution focused on improving the well-being of present and future generations of rice farmers and consumers, particularly those with low incomes, while preserving natural resources. IRRI is one of 15 centers funded through the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR), an association of public and private donor agencies. For more information, visit the CGIAR Web site (www.cgiar.org).

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ISSN 1655-5422
US$5.00
 www.irri.org
International Rice Research InstituteJuly-September 2008, Vol. 7, No. 3
 
Coping with the rice crisis
Supercharging the rice engineRice goes back to schoolHybrid seed farmers can saveTales of Thai traders
R   I    C    E     C    R   I    S   I    S   R   O   U    N    D   U    P   
 
contents
Vol. 7, No. 3
International Rice Research Institute
DAPO Box 7777, Metro Manila, PhilippinesWeb (IRRI): www.irri.org; www.irri.org/ricetodayWeb (Library): http://ricelib.irri.cgiar.orgWeb (Rice Knowledge Bank): www.knowledgebank.irri.org
Rice Today 
editorialtelephone: (+63-2) 580-5600 or (+63-2) 844-3351 to 53, ext 2725;fax: (+63-2) 580-5699 or (+63-2) 845-0606; email: a.barclay@cgiar.orgcover photo
Jose Raymond Panaligan
publisher
Duncan Macintosh
editor
 Adam Barclay
art director
Juan Lazaro IV
designer and production supervisors
Grant Leceta, George Reyes
contributors
Gene Hettel, Bill Hardy, Meg Mondoñedo, Tess Rola
 Africa editor
Savitri Mohapatra (Africa Rice Center – WARDA)
photo editor
 Ariel Javellana
photo researcher
Jose Raymond Panaligan
circulation
Chrisanto Quintana
printer
Print Town Group
Rice Today 
is published by the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI), the world’sleading international rice research and training center. Based in the Philippines and with
offices in 13 other countries, IRRI is an autonomous, nonprofit institution focused on
improving the well-being of present and future generations of rice farmers and consumers,particularly those with low incomes, while preserving natural resources. IRRI is one of 15 centers funded through the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research(CGIAR), an association of public and private donor agencies. For more information, visitthe CGIAR Web site (www.cgiar.org).Responsibility for this publication rests with IRRI. Designations used in this publicationshould not be construed as expressing IRRI policy or opinion on the legal status of anycountry, territory, city, or area, or its authorities, or the delimitation of its frontiers orboundaries.
Rice Today 
welcomes comments and suggestions from readers. Potential contributors
are encouraged to query first, rather than submit unsolicited materials.
Rice Today 
assumes no responsibility for loss of or damage to unsolicited submissions, which should
be accompanied by sufficient return postage.
Copyright International Rice Research Institute 2008This magazine is copyrighted by the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) and islicensed for use under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0License (Unported). Unless otherwise noted, users are free to copy, duplicate, or reproduce,and distribute, display, or transmit any of the articles or portions of the articles, and to maketranslations, adaptations, or other derivative works under the following conditions:
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Any of the above conditions can be waived if permission is obtained from the copyright holder.
Nothing in this license impairs or restricts the author’s moral rights.
Fair dealing and other rights are in no way aected by the above.
To view the full text of this license, visit http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/3.0/
EDITORIAL ................................................................4
A grain whose time has come
NEWS ........................................................................5
Some relief but higher rice prices remainBuilding a new generation of rice scientistsIntensive rice production is sustainableChina honors IRRIHybrid rice to benet from new public-private partnershipPests thrive on pesticide
NEW BOOKS .............................................................8
Philippine rats: ecology and management
PEOPLE .....................................................................9
Awards and recognitionKeeping up with IRRI sta 
THE RICE CRISIS: WHAT NEEDS TO BE DONE?..... 11
In early 2008, skyrocketing rice prices put the grainon the front pages of major newspapers across theworld.
Rice Today 
explains the reasons behind therapid increase in rice prices and what must be done toachieve reliable, plentiful supplies of aordable rice.
LOST IN TRANSMISSION .......................................13
Have recent dramatic increases in world rice pricesbeen bad for consumers and good for producers?Well, yes … and no. The real answer seems to be: Itdepends.
Rice Today 
analyzes the situation.
A PERFECT MATCH ................................................16
Water-saving technologies nd their way to theprovince of Bohol in the Philippines and prove tobe a perfect match for the region’s climate andirrigation systems
SUPERCHARGING THE RICE ENGINE ...................20
An ambitious project to re-engineer ricephotosynthesis has the potential to transform riceproduction as much as, if not more than, any singleadvance since agricultural research began
SNAPSHOT .............................................................22
High prices have hurt urban consumers
GIVING FARMING A CHANCE ...............................24
A youth eld school in the Philippines trains youngstudents in rice farming and agriculture in the hopeof perpetuating the nation’s dying breed of farmers
MAPS ......................................................................28
The price of rice in Madagascar
THE IRRI PIONEER INTERVIEWS ...........................30
Nyle C. Brady: The problem solver
OPPORTUNITY FROM CRISIS ...............................32
From the chaos of the recent rice crisis comesopportunity for African countries intent on boostingproduction of the continent’s fastest growing staple
NO SEX, PLEASEWE’RE APOMICTS ..................34
Despite its yield advantage, hybrid rice is shunnedby many poor farmers because of the need topurchase new seeds every season. Work to develop“apomictic” hybrid rice aims to solve that problem.
DECIPHERING THE CODE ......................................36
An international drive to generate data on tiny geneticdierences will help scientists develop high-yielding,high-quality rice varieties that can better withstandpests, diseases, and environmental stresses
NAVIGATING A SEA OF RICE .................................38
Amid the cutthroat world of rice trading, one Thaicompany has chosen a dierent path
RICE FACTS .............................................................41
Running out of steamOne cause of today’s high rice prices is slowingproductivity growth—suggesting it is time to stepup investment in international agricultural research
GRAIN OF TRUTH ...................................................42
A lesson from nineteenth-century naturalists
On the cover:
A Filipino womancollects subsidizedrice at a market inQuezon City, Manila.High prices have hitthe urban poor, manyof whom spend alarge proportion of their income onrice alone.

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