The Academy of Science for the Developing World (TWAS) Prize for Agriculture
Further validating the Institutes environmental credentials, IRRI entomologist K.L. Heong has been awarded the TWAS Prize for Agriculture, recognizing his pioneering work in ecology and integrating biological and social sciences to promote integrated pest management, which has helped millions of rice farmers reduce their pesticide use.
Dr. Heong received the prize, which includes a plaque and US$10,000, at the 18th TWAS General Meeting held in Trieste, Italy, on 13-14 November.
COM+ award for communicating science for people and the planet
Dr. Heong also received from the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR)an alliance of organizations, including IRRI, dedicated to alleviating poverty and solving food production challenges across the developing worldthe COM+ award for communicating science for people and the planet. COM+ is a partnership between international organizations, media agencies, and communication professionals committed to using communications to advance a sustainable development agenda.
The prize, which was presented at the CGIARs annual general meeting (AGM) on 3-7 December in Beijing, China, honors the Environmental Soap Opera for Rural Vietnam, an entertainment-education initiative led by Dr. Heong to help farmers improve their crop management systems. Agricultural information was weaved into the 239 episodes of drama broadcast twice weekly to 2 million people in rural areas of the Mekong Delta.
Started in 2003 through support from the Rockefeller Foundation, the soa
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