One of the five core goals of the new IRRI Strategic Plan is to develop the next generation of rice scientists. This is particularly needed in the field of rice breeding. The number of rice breeders has decreased over the years, and those that remain need to combine their traditional breeding skills with new pre-breeding concepts and precision tools afforded by advances in rice genomics and information technology. Meanwhile, breeding varieties that are adoptable by farmers remains a major challenge, along with the dwindling funds for breeding research. This situation demands maximum impact from rice breeding using limited resources.
This training course aims to
The training will use various approaches: interactive lectures with discussions, hands-on learning skill and methods for breeding, group learning exercises and discussions, presentations on country/institutional breeding programs, field and laboratory visits, post-training action plan development and a field trip to observe breeding programs in the Philippines.
The course is targeted at breeders and agronomists working on variety development or cultivar testing, and at research managers with responsibility for rice breeding programs in the private, public, and NGO sectors.
Each participant will develop and present a plan for increasing the impact or efficiency of the breeding program of his/her institution/country, including envisioned future collaborative activities with IRRI.
Ms. Achu Arboleda
International Rice Research Institute
DAPO Box 7777, Metro Manila, Philippines
Fax: (63- 2) 891-1292; 580 5699
Phone: (63- 2) 845-0563; 580-5600 ext 2538