The rice industry in Asia is transforming rapidly. This is being driven by increasing vertical integration of the industry itself, labor migration with subsequent
labor shortages at the farm level, input-output price squeeze and pressure for improved efficiencies in nutrient and water management, greater mechanized
service provision, demands by the consumer for quality rice that meets GAP standards, and the challenges of the extremes emanating from climate change.
These challenges for farmers come at a time of diminishing investment in the next generation of professional extension agents within the public sector and a growing engagement of the private sector in extension. Coupled with the demands for new technical skills, the future extension agent needs to be able to effectively provide business planning support for farmers (with record keeping) and to work in a multi-actor environment.
IRRI is committed to nurturing the environment for a new generation of professional extension agents, public and private, through technical knowledge coupled with practical competency for inbred and hybrid rice production, seed production from seed to market, and competency with the latest ICT tools and the softer skills for working with farmers, extension material development, and operating within a multi- actor rice industry environment.
Objectives of the Course:
Los Baños, Laguna, PhilippinesDr. Noel P. Magor
6 July - 27 Sept 2014
International Rice Research Institute
Head, Training Center