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The project Stress-Tolerant Rice for Africa and South Asia (STRASA) began at the end of 2007 with IRRI in collaboration with AfricaRice (called WARDA at that time) to develop and deliver rice varieties tolerant of abiotic stresses to the millions of farmers in the unfavorable rice-growing environments.

STRASA was conceived as a 10-year project with a vision to deliver the improved varieties to at least 18 million farmers on the two continents. The project was also anticipated to have significant spillover effects for non-participating countries.

Who Will Suffer Most from Climate Change?, a blog of Bill Gates on STRASA initiatives helping Indian farmers    

Latest STRASA accomplishments also featured in Rice Today online

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  • IRRI hands over solar bubble dryer to Nepal The Kathmandu PostThe Philippine-based International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) handed over a solar bubble dryer, which allows immediate drying of grains and seeds, to the Nepal government on ...
    Posted Feb 7, 2018, 8:37 PM by Rowena Baltazar ‎(IRRI)‎
  • Of Rice and Men: Cultivating the Next Green Revolution by Alec Regino, The McGIll International ReviewYogendra Sahoo makes all of his income from cultivating rice in his 5-acre farm in the Jajpur District of Odisha, India. His ...
    Posted Sep 7, 2017, 1:29 AM by Rowena Baltazar ‎(IRRI)‎
  • IRRI gears up for a modernized rice breeding program by Maria Rowena M. BaltazarNEW DELHI, India—“Modernize your rice breeding program.” This is the challenge issued by Gary Atlin (left), senior program officer, Agricultural Research and Development of ...
    Posted May 11, 2017, 1:59 AM by Rowena Baltazar ‎(IRRI)‎
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IRRI and AfricaRice have used a principle of working with local and multiple actors to achieve sustainable outcomes. They operate through collaboration with government,  non-government and private business partners.