IRRI strengthen ties with Korea to advance rice research
International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) said it is now working closely with the Government of the Republic of Korea in advancing rice research to help more rice-growing countries.
Through Korea’s Rural Development Administration (RDA), the country’s collaboration with IRRI will maximize research opportunities and go beyond challenges to create a strong impact in helping resource-poor farmers.
IRRI particularly works with RDA in the delivery of tailored solutions to the country’s local needs.
“Our 50-year partnership with the Republic of Korea has led to the development of premium quality varieties -Gopumbyeo and Unkwangbyeo, as well as high-quality and high-yielding temperate japonica rice varieties that also benefit the Philippines,” IRRI senior scientist Arvind Kumar said.
“It has also launched the Rice Technology Transfer System Workshops which has benefited around 130 practitioners from over 17 countries in Asia,” he added.
In the 1960s, the government of the Republic of Korea through RDA started working with IRRI to improve rice production and build the country’s national capacity.
This partnership brought the Green Revolution to South Korea and helped transform the country from a rice importer to a self-sufficient producer and exporter of rice.
RDA Director Jeom-Ho Lee said that through their partnership with IRRI, Korea has revolutionized rice production and RDA came to have world-class rice breeding technology.
To date, South Korea supported more than 50 research projects with IRRI and is looking forward to more research collaborations.