International Rice Research Institute

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Recently, the interim director general of the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) said that the focus of the IRRI-South Asia Regional Centre (ISARC) is to develop rice varieties with low methane emissions.

About International Rice Research Institute

  • It is an independent, nonprofit, research and educational institute, founded in 1960 by the Ford and Rockefeller foundations with support from the Philippine government.
  • It is the world’s premier research organization dedicated to reducing poverty, hunger, and malnutrition through rice science.
  • It aims to improve the health and welfare of those who depend on rice-based agri-food systems, and promote and protect the environmental sustainability of rice farming for future generations.
  • The institute has offices in 17 rice-growing countries in Asia and Africa.
  • IRRI's research for development is characterized by its collaborative nature: from alliances with advanced research institutes; through strong collaborations and capacity development with governments and national agricultural research and extension systems.
  • The Government of India vide its Gazette notification recognises IRRI as an international organisation and accorded privileges and immunities (As per UN Privileges and Immunities Act 1947) that are applicable to United Nations (UN) organizations, for all offices and activities of IRRI in India including, for the IRRI South Asia Regional Centre.

Headquarter: Los Banos, Philippines.

Q1: What is Pusa Basmati 1847?

It is an improved version of the popular Basmati rice variety, Pusa Basmati 1509 with inbuilt resistance to bacterial blight and blast disease.

Source: IRRI-ISARC targets low-methane rice varieties