Featured Profile - Who's Who in Rice

Chief Science Research Specialist and Head, Technology Management & Services Division, Philippine Rice Research Institute

Mr.Miranda holds Bachelor of Science in Agriculture (1979) and Master of Science in Rural Development (2004) from Central Luzon State University. He also works as National Coordinator, Upland Rice Development Program of the Philippines Department of Agriculture. He is currently the Chief Science Research Specialist and Head, Technology Management & Services Division, Philippine Rice Research Institute (PhilRice). He also worked as Deputy Executive Director for Development and Officer-In-Charge of the the PhilRice. The following works by Mr.Miranda were honored: - His paper “When Parking the Plow has More Benefits” (Reduced Tillage Technology) was judged best paper at the 23rd FCSSP National Scientific Conference in May 2015.- He received Achievement Award in Extension at the FCSSP 22nd National Scientific Conference in March 2013.- His paper “Development and Promotion of Location-specific High Yielding Technology for Intensive Irrigated Rice Areas in Nueva Ecija” was judged best paper at the 20th FCSSP Scientific Conference in May 2009.- His work “Partnership for Agricultural and Rural Transformation –Improving Farmers’ Lives” was judged best paper and best poster at the Crop Science Society of the Philippines Scientific Conference in 2008.- He was awarded the Outstanding Public Official during the 22nd Anniversary of PhilRice in November 2007.       

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Chief Science Research Specialist and Director, Crop Biotechnology Center

Dr. Antonio A. Alfonso is Chief Science Research Specialist at the Philippine Rice Research Institute (PhilRice) where he has been working as rice breeder for more than two decades. Concurrently, he is Director of Crop Biotechnology Center and Coordinator of the Department of Agriculture Biotechnology Program and Biotechnology Program Implementation Unit. His current research undertakings include rice varietal improvement focusing on nutritional enhancement, drought tolerance and disease resistance using conventional breeding, wide hybridization,

Former President of the Thai Rice Exporters Association

Ms. Korbsook Iamsuri is the former President of the Thai Rice Exporters Association and the President and CEO of Kamolkij and Kasisuri Group of Companies.  She also holds the position of Public Relations Director for the Thai Chamber of Commerce & Board of Trade of Thailand; Director and Secretary, Rice Policy Committee; Director of International Business Promotion Committee, and Director of Research & Development Committee, Board of Trade of Thailand.   In 1984, she earned an MBA in Finance from the Business School of the University of

Senior Economist

Darren Cooper has spent almost two decades in the commodities sector, in a range of roles, covering different markets and industries, including mining and metals, tropical commodities, notably natural rubber, as well as agriculture, particularly grains, rice and oilseeds.  He has travelled extensively and presented on a range of topics at many international conferences.  He joined the International Grains Council in London in 2006 and holds a Master of Science degree in economics.   

Visiting Professor, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Yu Tanaka completed his  B.Sc from Kyoto University in 2006  and went on to do M.Sc. from Graduate School of Agriculture, Kyoto University in 2008. In  2011, he earned his Ph.D. from Kyoto University. His thesis topic was 'Genetic diversity of stomatal morphology and transpiration rate among soybean cultivars'. His professional journey began in 2011-2012  as a Postdoctoral Researcher in Plant Molecular Cell Biology, Graduate School of Science, Kyoto University. In 2012, he worked as an Assistant Professor at Graduate School of Agriculture, Kyoto

Global Rice Genetics & Breeding Expert

Dr. Ram Chet Chaudhary holds a Ph. D. degree in Genetics and Plant Breeding and Post Doctorates from Technical University Munich, Germany and IRRI Philippines.  Born and educated in India, he has been working with various national and international organizations for the last 42 years.    Throughout first 10 years of his career, he served as Rice Breeder, and Associate Director and Professor of G. B. Pant University of Agriculture and Technology, in Pantnagar, India. Over the next 5 years he served Rajendra Agriculture University, Pusa (Bihar),

Senior Economist, Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations

Now retired, Concepción Calpe is a senior economist who has worked for more than 25 years at the FAO. She has occupied various functions at the Commodities and Trade Division, working first on national cereal policies, and then on monitoring developments in Eastern Europe and the former USSR. From 1992 to 1998, she was the Secretary of the Intergovernmental Group on Meat. In 1998, she became Head of the Rice and Roots and Tubers Group and Secretary of the Intergovernmental Group on Rice at the FAO, a position she has held since then.    In her

Distinguished Fellow

Dr. Nipon Poapongsakorn is currently a distinguished fellow, Thailand Development Research Institute Foundation (TDRI). He formerly held the position of President of TDRI, and Dean, Faculty of Economics, Thammasat University, where he was also Associate Professor. He has been also teaching business and political economy course in the Executive MBA program of Thammasat University. He received a BA in economics from Thammasat University, and PhD in economics from University of Hawaii. His main research is in the areas of agricultural and industrial

Principal Scientist, International Rice Research Organization (IRRI)

J.K. Ladha is currently a Principal Scientist and the IRRI representative for India and Nepal. He is also an adjunct Senior Research Scientist in the Columbia University. He devoted more than 30 years to aspects of sustainable management of agriculture and natural resources for increasing food security and environmental quality. He provided leadership to the Rice-Wheat Consortium (RWC) and the Cereal System Initiative for South Asia (CSISA). Dr Ladha’s work, in collaboration with many national partners, takes a holistic, systems approach, covering

Professor of Development Studies

C. Peter Timmer is an authority on agricultural develop-ment, food security, and the world rice economy who has published scores of papers and books on these topics. He has served as a professor at Stanford, Cornell, three faculties at Harvard, and the University of California, San Diego, where he was also the dean of the Graduate School of International Relations and Pacific Studies. Now the Cabot Professor of Development Studies, emeritus, at Harvard University, he is also Adjunct Professor at the Crawford School of Public Policy at Australian

Ecologist, Environmentalist, Leader of 'Allow Golden Rice Now!' Campaign

Dr. Patrick Moore has been a leader in the international environmental field for over 40 years. He is now an independent ecologist/environmentalist and leads the campaign to Allow Golden Rice Now!   Dr. Patrick Moore is a co-founder of Greenpeace and served for nine years as President of Greenpeace Canada and seven years as a Director of Greenpeace International. As the leader of many campaigns Dr. Moore was a driving force shaping policy and direction while Greenpeace became the world's largest environmental activist organization.   In recent

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Featured Profile - Who's Who in Rice

Chief Science Research Specialist and Head, Technology Management & Services Division, Philippine Rice Research Institute

Mr.Miranda holds Bachelor of Science in Agriculture (1979) and Master of Science in Rural Development (2004) from Central Luzon State University. He also works as National Coordinator, Upland Rice Development Program of the Philippines Department of Agriculture. He is currently the Chief Science Research Specialist and Head, Technology Management & Services Division, Philippine Rice Research Institute (PhilRice). He also worked as Deputy Executive Director for Development and Officer-In-Charge of the the PhilRice. The following works by Mr.Miranda were honored: - His paper “When Parking the Plow has More Benefits” (Reduced Tillage Technology) was judged best paper at the 23rd FCSSP National Scientific Conference in May 2015.- He received Achievement Award in Extension at the FCSSP 22nd National Scientific Conference in March 2013.- His paper “Development and Promotion of Location-specific High Yielding Technology for Intensive Irrigated Rice Areas in Nueva Ecija” was judged best paper at the 20th FCSSP Scientific Conference in May 2009.- His work “Partnership for Agricultural and Rural Transformation –Improving Farmers’ Lives” was judged best paper and best poster at the Crop Science Society of the Philippines Scientific Conference in 2008.- He was awarded the Outstanding Public Official during the 22nd Anniversary of PhilRice in November 2007.       

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Chief Science Research Specialist and Director, Crop Biotechnology Center

Dr. Antonio A. Alfonso is Chief Science Research Specialist at the Philippine Rice Research Institute (PhilRice) where he has been working as rice breeder for more than two decades. Concurrently, he is Director of Crop Biotechnology Center and Coordinator of the Department of Agriculture Biotechnology Program and Biotechnology Program Implementation Unit. His current research undertakings include rice varietal improvement focusing on nutritional enhancement, drought tolerance and disease resistance using conventional breeding, wide hybridization,

Former President of the Thai Rice Exporters Association

Ms. Korbsook Iamsuri is the former President of the Thai Rice Exporters Association and the President and CEO of Kamolkij and Kasisuri Group of Companies.  She also holds the position of Public Relations Director for the Thai Chamber of Commerce & Board of Trade of Thailand; Director and Secretary, Rice Policy Committee; Director of International Business Promotion Committee, and Director of Research & Development Committee, Board of Trade of Thailand.   In 1984, she earned an MBA in Finance from the Business School of the University of

Senior Economist

Darren Cooper has spent almost two decades in the commodities sector, in a range of roles, covering different markets and industries, including mining and metals, tropical commodities, notably natural rubber, as well as agriculture, particularly grains, rice and oilseeds.  He has travelled extensively and presented on a range of topics at many international conferences.  He joined the International Grains Council in London in 2006 and holds a Master of Science degree in economics.   

Visiting Professor, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Yu Tanaka completed his  B.Sc from Kyoto University in 2006  and went on to do M.Sc. from Graduate School of Agriculture, Kyoto University in 2008. In  2011, he earned his Ph.D. from Kyoto University. His thesis topic was 'Genetic diversity of stomatal morphology and transpiration rate among soybean cultivars'. His professional journey began in 2011-2012  as a Postdoctoral Researcher in Plant Molecular Cell Biology, Graduate School of Science, Kyoto University. In 2012, he worked as an Assistant Professor at Graduate School of Agriculture, Kyoto

Global Rice Genetics & Breeding Expert

Dr. Ram Chet Chaudhary holds a Ph. D. degree in Genetics and Plant Breeding and Post Doctorates from Technical University Munich, Germany and IRRI Philippines.  Born and educated in India, he has been working with various national and international organizations for the last 42 years.    Throughout first 10 years of his career, he served as Rice Breeder, and Associate Director and Professor of G. B. Pant University of Agriculture and Technology, in Pantnagar, India. Over the next 5 years he served Rajendra Agriculture University, Pusa (Bihar),

Senior Economist, Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations

Now retired, Concepción Calpe is a senior economist who has worked for more than 25 years at the FAO. She has occupied various functions at the Commodities and Trade Division, working first on national cereal policies, and then on monitoring developments in Eastern Europe and the former USSR. From 1992 to 1998, she was the Secretary of the Intergovernmental Group on Meat. In 1998, she became Head of the Rice and Roots and Tubers Group and Secretary of the Intergovernmental Group on Rice at the FAO, a position she has held since then.    In her

Distinguished Fellow

Dr. Nipon Poapongsakorn is currently a distinguished fellow, Thailand Development Research Institute Foundation (TDRI). He formerly held the position of President of TDRI, and Dean, Faculty of Economics, Thammasat University, where he was also Associate Professor. He has been also teaching business and political economy course in the Executive MBA program of Thammasat University. He received a BA in economics from Thammasat University, and PhD in economics from University of Hawaii. His main research is in the areas of agricultural and industrial

Principal Scientist, International Rice Research Organization (IRRI)

J.K. Ladha is currently a Principal Scientist and the IRRI representative for India and Nepal. He is also an adjunct Senior Research Scientist in the Columbia University. He devoted more than 30 years to aspects of sustainable management of agriculture and natural resources for increasing food security and environmental quality. He provided leadership to the Rice-Wheat Consortium (RWC) and the Cereal System Initiative for South Asia (CSISA). Dr Ladha’s work, in collaboration with many national partners, takes a holistic, systems approach, covering

Professor of Development Studies

C. Peter Timmer is an authority on agricultural develop-ment, food security, and the world rice economy who has published scores of papers and books on these topics. He has served as a professor at Stanford, Cornell, three faculties at Harvard, and the University of California, San Diego, where he was also the dean of the Graduate School of International Relations and Pacific Studies. Now the Cabot Professor of Development Studies, emeritus, at Harvard University, he is also Adjunct Professor at the Crawford School of Public Policy at Australian

Ecologist, Environmentalist, Leader of 'Allow Golden Rice Now!' Campaign

Dr. Patrick Moore has been a leader in the international environmental field for over 40 years. He is now an independent ecologist/environmentalist and leads the campaign to Allow Golden Rice Now!   Dr. Patrick Moore is a co-founder of Greenpeace and served for nine years as President of Greenpeace Canada and seven years as a Director of Greenpeace International. As the leader of many campaigns Dr. Moore was a driving force shaping policy and direction while Greenpeace became the world's largest environmental activist organization.   In recent

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