IRRI Education welcomes 20 undergraduate students from the G. B. Pant University of Agriculture and Technology (GBPUAT) to the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) Headquarters, Philippines for their month-long study visit.
The study visit aims to expose students to the various agricultural innovation and technologies that will help them familiarize themselves with and appreciate agriculture. Throughout the duration of their program, the students will learn about rice and the current trends and technologies in production and management globally and at IRRI and how these technologies are transferred to farmers. As part of the program, they will visit the different laboratories and facilities in IRRI, such as the Genebank, Seed Health Unit, Genotyping Services Laboratory, and Plant Growth Facility, to name a few. They will also learn how some challenges to global food resources are addressed by different agencies and institutions based in the Philippines, hence they will be visiting several agricultural companies around the Philippines, enabling them to understand other institutions’ various technologies and entrepreneurship models. At the end of the program, the students will prepare a video presentation and present their project proposal on their chosen innovation that is applicable in their home country based on the learnings and experiences that they have gained from the program.
The study visit is organized under the Institutional Development Plan – National Agricultural Higher Education Project (IDP-NAHEP) funded by the Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR), which aims to enhance the quality and relevance of the agricultural higher education system in India.
Last year, IRRI Education also organized a similar study visit for GBPUAT students.