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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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  • IRRI gears up for a modernized rice breeding program by Maria Rowena M. BaltazarNEW DELHI, India—“Modernize your rice breeding program.” This is the challenge issued by Gary Atlin (left), senior program officer, Agricultural Research and Development of ...
    Posted May 11, 2017, 1:59 AM by Rowena Baltazar ‎(IRRI)‎
  • Climate-resilient rice help stabilize yields under droughts, says India’s agri minister by Mayank SharmaKOLKATA, India—“Climate-resilient rice varieties are performing well under drought in past years and helped stabilize crop production,” said Shri Radha Mohan Singh, the Union Minister ...
    Posted Mar 2, 2017, 1:18 AM by Rowena Baltazar ‎(IRRI)‎
  • 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)‎
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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.