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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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  • As floodwaters recede, farmers’ hopes emerge in Bangladesh Excerpts from an article by Shahreen Haq in Rice Today Online, 22 Jan 2018, For thousands of Bangladeshi farmers in flood-prone areas, growing rice is a risk they have ...
    Posted Apr 4, 2018, 9:36 PM by Rowena Baltazar ‎(IRRI)‎
  • IRRI postdoctoral fellow wins NESA Junior Scientist of the Year Award Dr. Md Iqbal Raja Khan (extreme left in photo), postdoctoral fellow in plant                                               Photo: Md. Iqbal R. Khanphysiology at IRRI, was bestowed with the Junior Scientist of the Year ...
    Posted Apr 4, 2018, 8:27 PM by Rowena Baltazar ‎(IRRI)‎
  • 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)‎
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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.