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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.

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Latest STRASA accomplishments also featured in Rice Today online

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  • Odisha agriculture secretary and farmers support adoption of STRVs by Narayan Banik, Vivek Kumar, Priyanka Anand and Ashok KumarODISHA, India—Shri Manoj Ahuja (second from left in photo), principal secretary of the Department of Agriculture and Farmers’ Empowerment ...
    Posted May 25, 2016, 8:33 PM by Rowena Baltazar ‎(IRRI)‎
  • STRASA honors partners by Maria Rowena M. BaltazarBHUBANESWAR CITY, ODISHA, India—Key partners and outgoing senior staff of STRASA were recognized for their outstanding contributions to the successful implementation of STRASA in ...
    Posted May 10, 2016, 11:44 PM by Rowena Baltazar ‎(IRRI)‎
  • Farmers benefit from STRASA delivery of climate-smart rice By Maria Rowena M. BaltazarODISHA CITY, BHUBANESWAR, India—The project, Stress-Tolerant Rice for Africa and South Asia (STRASA), is the platform for coping with current food security challenges ...
    Posted May 10, 2016, 12:08 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.