program-1Coping with climate change

Scenario: A World Bank-commissioned survey released in June this year revealed that eight out of 10 Filipinos have “personally experienced” the adverse effects of climate change in the last three years. The Philippines also rank third as the most vulnerable country to weather-related extreme events.

Goal: Help contribute in sustaining rice productivity by developing climate-resilient rice-based farming systems. A climate-resilient rice-based farming system is able to withstand or recover from climate change-related stresses or damages.

Projects: 

  1. Generate and manage climate change-related knowledge and information
  2. Enhance the climate change adaptive capacity of rice farming systems
  3. Ensure household food and income security in climate change vulnerable areas

Program Leader: Dr. Ricardo F. Orge
Supervising Science Research Specialist – Scientist I
Local: 211 | E-mail: rf.orge@philrice.gov.ph, rforge@gmail.com | Mobile: +63 921 625-4365

program-2High-value products from rice and its environment

Scenario: Nutrition in our country is not also much of a healthy picture. The National Nutrition Survey in 2010 showed that there was also a significant increase in the prevalence of underweight children aged 6-10 years from 22.8 percent in 2005 to 25.6 percent in 2008, equivalent to 2.6 million.

Citing data from the Food and Agriculture Organizations, the National Food Coalition said that the Philippines and Cambodia are tied at 2nd rank with 17% prevalence of undernourishment. Our country has 16 million undernourished persons. A 2012 Social Weather Station survey showed that 4.3 million households or one in every five persons experienced “having nothing to eat in the last three months”.

Goal: Explore rice and rice-based products and products from the rice environment to help increase the income and improve the nutritional status of the members of the rice farming community.

Develop value-adding systems to bring about enhancement of quality, nutrition, shelf-life, market value, profitability, and availability of rice, rice-based products and products from the rice environment.

Projects: 

  1. High-value rice grain
  2. High-value products from the rice grain and other parts of the rice plant
  3. Beneficial organisms in the rice environment

Program Leader: Dr. Marissa V. Romero
Chief Science Research Specialist – Scientist I
Local: 217 | E-mail: mv.romero@philrice.gov.ph | Mobile: +63 949 686-8173

program-3

Farming without fossil energy

Scenario: A report of the Asian Development Bank stated that the country’s “contribution of renewables will shrink from 43 percent in 2010 to 14 percent in 2035, by which time proven indigenous gas and coal reserves will be depleted.” Meanwhile, the Australian government calculated that peak oil will be around 2017. Their outlook mentioned that “under a base case scenario is for a long decline in oil production to begin in 2017, which will stretch to the end of the century and beyond.”

Goals: (1) Determine and establish energy profile and audit in rice farming system; (2) Reduce dependence or entirely eliminate fossil fuel and other commercial inputs by implementing resource recovery approach for sustainable and profitable rice-based faming; (3) Develop alternative, renewable energy sources and inputs for rice and rice-based farming application

Projects:

  1. Improve energy resource use efficiency in rice-based farming
  2. Develop alternative, renewable, diversified and decentralized energy resource systems for and from rice-based agriculture
  3. Develop low external energy input in rice-based farming

Program Leader: Engr. Eden C. Gagelonia
Supervising Science Research Specialist
Local: 306 | E-mail: ec.gagelonia@philrice.gov.ph | Mobile: +63 917 641-0885

program-4Intensified rice-based agri-bio systems

Scenario: Healthy, arable land and clean water are major requirements to obtain and sustain rice supply. However, these resources are dwindling. A survey conducted in 2008 found that an average of 9,000 hectares of farmlands devoted to rice are converted or planted with other crops every year. The country is on the brink of facing a water crisis over the next 10 years unless new sources are developed to meet its demand. The increasing malnutrition in the country also created the need to craft this program.

Goals: (1.) Conduct site characterization and profiling of local agri-bio systems; (2.) Conduct market scanning of local rice-based products; (3.) Conduct on-station or on-site assessment of economic performance and ecological impact of agri-bio systems models; (4.) Assess the social acceptability, ecological soundness, and economical practicability of the developed agri-bio systems models; (5.) Conduct market segmentation and business positioning of agri-bio systems models

Projects: 

  1. Mapping and scoping of agri-bio systems
  2. Assessment of agri-bio systems models
  3. Piloting of agri-bio systems models
  4. Market streaming of agri-bio systems models

Program Leader: Rizal G. Corales
Supervising Science Research Specialist
Local: 217 | E-mail: rg.corales@philrice.gov.ph  | Mobile: +63 921 221-8799

program-5FutureRice

Goal: Organize, innovate, and promote new knowledge and information on clean GPS to rice stakeholders

Goals: (1) Explore ways to increase current rice output using 21st century and practical cutting edge technologies; (2) Prepare farmers for the future of rice farming in the Philippines; (3) Inventory, test, and adapt local and global innovations on green, practical and smart farming technologies; (4) Train farmers and extension agents on green, practical and smart farming; (5) Establish communities that use green, practical and smart farming; (6) Establish livelihood opportunities on green, practical and smart farming

Components: 

  1. Rice innovation center
  2. Smart rice farms
  3. Rice academy
  4. Farmer cyber community
  5. Project management and support communication

Program Leader: Roger F. Barroga
Information Technology Officer III
Local: 708 | E-mail: rf.barroga@philrice.gov.ph | Mobile: +63 928 559-9720
Specialization: Communications and Development

Philippine Rice Research Institute (PhilRice) is a government corporate entity attached to the Department of Agriculture created through Executive Order 1061 on 5 November 1985 (as amended) to help develop high-yielding and cost-reducing technologies so farmers can produce enough rice for all Filipinos.

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