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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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  • IRRI showcases technologies to help Indian farmers in agricultural fair By Showkat A. Waza, Amit Mishra, and Priyanka AnandThe International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) showcased various technologies developed and promoted by the institute for Indian farmers through its projects ...
    Posted Jan 23, 2017, 12:46 AM by Rowena Baltazar ‎(IRRI)‎
  • STRASA's Abdel Ismail to lead IRRI’s Genetics and Biotechnology Division Abdelbagi Ismail has been appointed as the head of the Genetics and Biotechnology (GB) Division of the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) starting 1 January 2017. Dr. Ismail succeeds Dr ...
    Posted Jan 11, 2017, 10:01 PM by Rowena Baltazar ‎(IRRI)‎
  • Traveling interactive meetings convince farmers in Odisha to switch to stress-tolerant rice varieties and farm mechanization by N.C. Banik, P. Anand, and A. KumarODISHA, India—A traveling seminar and an interactive meeting with farmers was organized in Puri District to show the benefits of ...
    Posted Dec 16, 2016, 12:29 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.