This three-day, action-packed Rice Camp for teachers at the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) aims to refresh scientific knowledge, introduce new biological, economic, and social areas of rice research, and help build innovative curriculum to help reverse the “brain drain” of youth back into farming careers and communities by promoting exciting, innovative, and essential agricultural issues. Participants will get to explore the world of rice production and science as they have never experienced it before. They will follow a grain of rice from seed to plant to seed, getting their feet wet in rice paddies, comparing traditional hand labor and modern mechanical methods of land preparation, planting, and harvesting. They will visit laboratories, greenhouses, and fields to learn how IRRI’s world-class rice researchers are using cutting-edge science and working hand-in-hand with farm communities to develop improved varieties and cultivation techniques that produce higher-yielding, lower-input, and more nutritious rice healthier for both people and the environment. They will be encouraged to develop new curricula to engage students in learning about and solving critical agricultural issues to maintain food security and livelihoods in a changing world. They will be challenged to help teach and inspire the next generation of agricultural innovators.
Rice Camp – An immersive experience
Rice Camp is a unique opportunity for high school and college educators to be immersed in innovative rice research and production, appreciate the long journey a grain of rice takes from seed to plant to plate, and develop new ways to engage their students in learning how important, exciting, and interesting a simple grain can be.
Course Goals and Objectives
Date and Venue
June 25-27, 2014
Contact InformationHead, Training Center
International Rice Research Institute (IRRI)
DAPO Box 7777, Metro Manila, Philippines
Tel No: (63-2) 580-5600
Fax No: (63-2) 891-1292; 580-5699