Strategic Research for Food Security, Economic Growth and Environmental Protection: A Rice Case Study
Dr. Robert S. Zeigler is Director General of the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI). He is an internationally respected plant pathologist with more than 30 years of experience in agricultural research in the developing world. He is also an alumnus of the University of Illinois, receiving his B.S. degree in Biology back in the 1970s. Dr. Ziegler greatly enjoyed connecting with ACES faculty, staff, and students, and hopes to return to ACES in the near future to further build and expand on these initial interactions. He indicated that he is very much interested in building linkages and partnerships with ACES.
IRRI is a non-profit independent research and training organization and is a member of the CGIAR Consortium. IRRI develops new rice varieties and rice crop management techniques that help rice farmers improve the yield and quality of their rice in an environmentally sustainable way. IRRI works with public and private sector partners in national agricultural research and extension systems in major rice-growing countries to do research, training, and knowledge transfer. Through its research the organization assists governments in formulating policy to improve the equitable supply of rice. For more information about IRRI, please visit http://irri.org/