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Lao Rice Research
Gary C. Jahn (Ph.D., Entomology, '92) is the Coordinator for the Greater Mekong Sub-region for the Lao-IRRI Rice Research and Training Project, which operates under the aegis of the International Rice Research Institute. The IRRI is a non-profit research and training center established to reduce poverty and hunger, improve the health of rice farmers and consumers, and ensure environmental sustainability through collaborative research, partnerships, and strengthening of national agricultural research and extension systems.
The Lao-IRRI Rice Research and Training Project is helping the Government of the Lao People's Democratic Republic reach rice self sufficiency on a sustainable basis. The project set out to help develop improved rice technologies by undertaking research, setting up a functional rice research system and enhancing the scientific and managerial skills of Lao national staff. As a result of a collaboration agreement between the Lao PDR’s National Agricultural and Forestry Research Institute (NAFRI) and the IRRI, the project developed technology packages of improved varieties and complementary crop management practices. The project played a key role in the institutional development of the Lao rice research system by building the research capacity and skills of Lao scientists.
Lao-IRRI: Celebrating the Land Videos