Tuesday, 14 March 2017

More employees are joining, moving around and advancing

New Employees On-Board

Abhishek Anand  joined as Postdoctoral Fellow at the IRRI India office on 06 February 2017. 

Vincent Reyes joined as Researcher at the Plant Breeding (PB) division on 13 February 2017.

Joanna Tarroza joined as Senior Officer at the Supply Chain Services (SCS) office on 16 February 2017.

Peter Sprang joined as Scientist 1 at the Crop and Environmental Sciences Division (CESD) on 01 March 2017. 

Sarvesh Kumar Shukla joined as Specialist at the IRRI India office on 01 March 2017.

Fergie Anne Quilloy joined as Assistant Scientist at the Plant Breeding (PB) division on 06 March 2017.

Neri Ann Averion joined as Specialist at the Crop and Environmental Sciences Division (CESD) on 06 March 2017.

Lisa Mariam Varkey joined as Specialist at the IRRI India office on 06 March 2017.

Abdul Raoof Khan joined as Specialist at the IRRI India office on 07 March 2017.


HRS Workplace Communications Article No. 2017-006

Friday, 17 February 2017

IRRI Human Resource Director visits Kenya and Mozambique offices

The IRRI Human Resource Director, Christine Croombes visited the IRRI Mozambique office on 5-6 February 2017.

IRRI HR Director Christine Croombes toured the institute’s offices in Kenya and Mozambique on 5-6 February. Christine was joined by Alex Lucas and Sandrine Iyamuremye, Corporate Services Manager and new Human Resource Business Partner, respectively. The visit was an opportunity to introduce Christine and Sandrine to the staff.

Group and individual meetings were held to discuss performance management improvement, staff trainings, and compensation and benefits. Additionally, the employees were informed of the upcoming Employee Engagement Survey and the launching of Compensation and Benefits Survey.

One of the highlights of the visit was a special treat of Pasteis de Nata, a delicious Portuguese custard tart which everyone enjoyed.  

                HRS Workplace Communications Article No. 2017-005

Tuesday, 7 February 2017

More employees are joining, moving around and advancing

New Employees On-Board

Richelle Candontol joined as Advisor at the Human Resource (HR) office on 01 February 2017. 

Mahjabeen Iqbal joined as HR Business Partner at the IRRI Bangladesh office on 01 February 2017.

Suneetha Kota joined as Postdoctoral Fellow at the Plant Breeding (PB) division on 01 February 2017.

Kimberly Ponce joined as Assistant Scientist at the Genetics and Biotechnology (GB) division on 01 February 2017. 

Then Rathmuny joined as Specialist at the Crop and Environmental Sciences Division (CESD) on 01 February 2017.

Anna Lalaine Junsay joined as Senior HR Advisor at the Human Resource (HR) office on 06 February 2017.


HRS Workplace Communications Article No. 2017-004

Monday, 30 January 2017

Pakistan: agriculture extension officers trained to help famers improve rice production system and profitability


LAHORE, Pakistan— Around 90 agriculture extension officers, including 8 women, received training in modern rice production to help them train farmers in Punjab produce good quality paddy with fewer resources.

The training on resources-saving rice production technologies, provided by the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) through Rice Component of the Agricultural Innovation Program (AIP) for Pakistan, included dry seeded rice (DSR) using drill and paddy drum seeder, alternate wetting and drying (AWD), and quality paddy production. The training was organized in collaboration with the Department of Agriculture, Government of Punjab on 19 January at the Agriculture House in Lahore.

IRRI, a primary partner of AIP, is popularizing various improved rice production technologies in different rice ecologies of the country on a large scale. These improved crop management practices reduce the cost of production through savings in labor, fuel, time, and water; produce uniform seed sowing and crop population; and ensure sustainability of rice production through improving soil health and environment. 

Rice is cultivated throughout Pakistan mainly using manual transplanting of rice seedlings. By using a drum seeder, farmers can reduce labor cost by 30% and have a more efficient seed rate of 25 kg/ha. Modern management options can lead to 20-25% water saving, 30% increase in grain yield, and 10% higher net returns compared to conventional puddle and transplanted rice crop.

In addition, small combine harvesters are being evaluated to minimize the harvest and postharvest losses and improve grain quality. The capacity of rice researchers and extension officers is also an important component of the activity.  

It is projected that more farmers will adopt new rice varieties along with improved crop production and post-harvest practices to ultimately improve the rice production system of the country and enhance the profitability of the farmers.



HRS Workplace Communications Article No. 2017-003

Wednesday, 25 January 2017

More employees are joining, moving around and advancing

New Employees On-Board

Marjorose Reyes joined as Senior HR Advisor  at the Human Resource - Work Relations and Advisory Services (HR-WRAS) office on 16 January 2017. 

James Montecillo joined as Specialist at the Crop and Environmental Sciences Division (CESD) on 16 January 2017.

Dipesh Chaudhary joined as Research Technician II at the IRRI Nepal office on 22 January 2017.

Kathryn Ann Hamilton joined as Manager at the IRRI Myanmar office on 23 January 2017.

Abhishek Anand joined as Postdoctoral Fellow at the Genetics and Biotechnology (GB) unit on 23 January 2017.


HRS Workplace Communications Article No. 2017-002