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,

Senior Fellow, Philippines Institute of Development Studies (PIDS)

Roehlano Briones is a Fellow at PIDS where he specializes in agricultural policy. He was the lead expert in the drafting of the rules and procedures for the ASEAN Plus Three Emergency Rice Reserve (APTERR). He has published papers and co-edited two books on the economics of agriculture and natural resources, rural development, food security, international trade, and the macro economy. He received his Ph.D. degree in economics from the University of the Philippines and did postdoctoral research at the WorldFish Center in Penang, Malaysia.  

Grains Analyst

Tejinder Narang was Director of PEC Limited, a Government of India Corporation and trading outfit, under the administrative control of Ministry of Industry & Commerce (Department of Commerce), and retired from active service in September 2008. He has been dealing with international trade for the last 36 years in various capacities. He has handled diversified transactions in counter trade, third country exports, commodity trading and financing of commodities both domestically as well as in international market. For the last 21 years he has

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

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.   

President and CEO of the USA Rice Federation

Betsy Ward was appointed President and CEO of the USA Rice Federation in 2007.  The USA Rice Federation is the global advocate for all segments of the U.S. rice industry representing over 10,000 rice farmers, all U.S. based rice mills, merchants and other allied industries.  From 2003-2005, she was the Vice President of International and Domestic Promotion at the USA Rice Federation where she was in charge of developing and implementing  domestic and international promotion and food aid programs.    In 2005, Ward moved to the chief executive

Senior Economist with the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations

David Dawe is a Senior Economist with the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations and is currently based in Bangkok, Thailand. He has been conducting agricultural and food policy analysis and research for more than 20 years, and has edited several books on the Asian and world rice economies. David has spent much of his professional career resident in Southeast Asia, having worked for the Harvard Institute for International Development in Indonesia, the International Rice Research Institute in the Philippines and at FAO’s regional

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

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

Director, QAAFI/ Prof of Agri Inno Queensland Alliance for Agriculture and Food Innovation

Professor Robert Henry is a graduate of the University of Queensland, B Sc (Hons), Macquarie University, M Sc (Hons) and La Trobe University (Ph D). In 2000 Professor Henry was awarded a higher doctorate (D Sc) by UQ for his work on analysis of variation in plants. Before being appointed QAAFI Director in May 2010, he was Director of the Centre for Plant Conservation Genetics at Southern Cross University, a centre which he established in 1996. Other previous positions held by Professor Henry include Research Director of the Grain Foods Cooperative

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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,

Senior Fellow, Philippines Institute of Development Studies (PIDS)

Roehlano Briones is a Fellow at PIDS where he specializes in agricultural policy. He was the lead expert in the drafting of the rules and procedures for the ASEAN Plus Three Emergency Rice Reserve (APTERR). He has published papers and co-edited two books on the economics of agriculture and natural resources, rural development, food security, international trade, and the macro economy. He received his Ph.D. degree in economics from the University of the Philippines and did postdoctoral research at the WorldFish Center in Penang, Malaysia.  

Grains Analyst

Tejinder Narang was Director of PEC Limited, a Government of India Corporation and trading outfit, under the administrative control of Ministry of Industry & Commerce (Department of Commerce), and retired from active service in September 2008. He has been dealing with international trade for the last 36 years in various capacities. He has handled diversified transactions in counter trade, third country exports, commodity trading and financing of commodities both domestically as well as in international market. For the last 21 years he has

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

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.   

President and CEO of the USA Rice Federation

Betsy Ward was appointed President and CEO of the USA Rice Federation in 2007.  The USA Rice Federation is the global advocate for all segments of the U.S. rice industry representing over 10,000 rice farmers, all U.S. based rice mills, merchants and other allied industries.  From 2003-2005, she was the Vice President of International and Domestic Promotion at the USA Rice Federation where she was in charge of developing and implementing  domestic and international promotion and food aid programs.    In 2005, Ward moved to the chief executive

Senior Economist with the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations

David Dawe is a Senior Economist with the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations and is currently based in Bangkok, Thailand. He has been conducting agricultural and food policy analysis and research for more than 20 years, and has edited several books on the Asian and world rice economies. David has spent much of his professional career resident in Southeast Asia, having worked for the Harvard Institute for International Development in Indonesia, the International Rice Research Institute in the Philippines and at FAO’s regional

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

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

Director, QAAFI/ Prof of Agri Inno Queensland Alliance for Agriculture and Food Innovation

Professor Robert Henry is a graduate of the University of Queensland, B Sc (Hons), Macquarie University, M Sc (Hons) and La Trobe University (Ph D). In 2000 Professor Henry was awarded a higher doctorate (D Sc) by UQ for his work on analysis of variation in plants. Before being appointed QAAFI Director in May 2010, he was Director of the Centre for Plant Conservation Genetics at Southern Cross University, a centre which he established in 1996. Other previous positions held by Professor Henry include Research Director of the Grain Foods Cooperative

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