Wednesday, 5 December 2012

Welcome to the Rice Survivor Blog

Rice Survivor is a challenge to put rice scientists to the test! Four teams comprised of staff and scholars from the International Rice Research Institute will compete against each other to see who can grow the best rice crop. This is a hands-on learning experience to get people out from behind their desks and computers and into the field, knee deep in mud. There are NO powerpoints allowed in this classroom!

The purpose of this new method of training is twofold. First, we think it's important that the staff of an international rice institute understands the entire rice production process and the decisions and challenges that farmers face. Second, it helps us as an institution to identify the gaps in our knowledge resources and what we can do to fix it.

Each team is made up of 5 members that come from different professional backgrounds. Teams are a mix of nationalities and experience levels and the majority of Rice Survivors have very limited experience in growing a rice crop. The challenge will be evaluated based on which team can most efficiently produce rice. We will be judging based on the profitability, sustainability, and comfortability in producing rice.


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