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Relevance of rice research recognized
Date:12/10/2007

Los Baos, Philippines The work of rice researchers has received major encouragement as 2007 comes to a close, with staff at the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) and their colleagues receiving widespread recognition and several major awards.

These awards and the recognition that comes with them are clear confirmation of the world-class rice research being conducted today in Asia and elsewhere, IRRIs Director General Robert S. Zeigler said. Its vital that donors and the community in general recognize the work that is being done and the enormous impact it haseven if the media do not report it.

More people rely on rice for their sustenance than any other type of food. Millions, if not billions, of these people live in poor communities throughout the developing world. Research that helps rice farmers boost their production and income, or helps reduce prices to make rice more affordable, has the capacity to pull vast numbers of people out of poverty and, therefore, does nothing short of offering them better lives.

A list of the awards follows:

Iue Asia Pacific Culture Prize

IRRI Board of Trustees Chair Keijiro Otsuka accepted the Iue Asia Pacific Culture Prize on behalf of IRRI at a 12 October ceremony during the Asia Pacific Forum of the Awaji Conference in Kobe, Japan.

This prestigious award was established in 2001 to recognize individuals and organizations pursuing cultural and social activities within the Asia Pacific region that have made outstanding contributions to the promotion of international exchange and/or regional development.

According to the Prize organizers, IRRI has made many great contributions to reduce poverty and solve environmental problems, and, through your efforts, we expect that in the future you will further lead the way to a multicultural society in the Asia Pacific Region.

Dr. Otsuka said the Institutes recently created Environmental Agenda puts in
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Contact: Duncan Macintosh
d.macintosh@cgiar.org
632-580-5673
International Rice Research Institute
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