Author: Jeremy Chan
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In Asia, the humble rice grain has far-reaching impacts on lives and economies. Dr. Bruce Tolentino of the International Rice Research Institute shares his insights.
AsianScientist (Nov. 29, 2017) – As global populations rise, food security—the supply of and access to nutrition that fulfils dietary needs—becomes an increasingly pressing issue. In Asia, where population growth is most rapid, rice is a staple food, thus the supply of rice needs to be carefully managed to avoid feast and famine situations. This means that rice seeds, irrigation practices and farmer welfare are among the many factors that need to come together synergistically to enable stable rice production, reduce hunger and poverty as well as buffer against the effects of climate change.
Dr. Bruce Tolentino, Deputy Director General (Communication and Partnerships) at the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) headquartered in Los Baños, Philippines, has spent a large part of his career developing deep insights into the dynamics of rice production and food security in Asia and around the world. He shared with Asian Scientist Magazine his experience managing large scale governance, rural, agricultural and agro-enterprise development programs across the globe.