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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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

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,

Vice President of Sales at Louisiana Rice Mill, Former Chairman of the US Rice Millers Association

William A. Dore is the vice president of Sales at Louisiana Rice Mill, a premier exporter of U.S. milled rice on the Gulf Coast.  He joined Louisiana Rice Mill in 1978 after working as a Certified Public Accountant.    He served as the Chairman of the US Rice Millers Association (RMA) 1991-1992. The RMA has represented the U.S. rice milling industry since 1899, making it one of the oldest agribusiness trade organizations in America.   In 1992 he was elected the 60th International Rice Festival Honoree.   Mr. Dore holds a Bachelor of Science

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),

PhD Economics Candidate

Adam John is a PhD economics candidate at the Agricultural and Food Policy Studies Institute at Universiti Putra Malaysia in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia and is based in Stockholm. His thesis looks at international rice prices and their effects on rice markets. Two of the chapters are already published. He is currently working as a Research Fellow at the Stockholm Environment Institute working on research related to rice production constraints in South Asia and also Senegal's policy responses to the Rice Crisis in 2008.    His research interests cover

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, Thai Rice Exporters Association (TREA)

Pol.Lt.Chareon Laothamatas is currently the President of the Thai Rice Exporters Association (TREA) and the Managing Director of Bangkok-based manufacturing and exporting company Uthai Produce Co., Ltd. He earned his Masters in Business Administration from the University of Southern California, USA and his Bachelor in Business Administration from Brigham Young University, USA. He specializes in trading of all types of rice, including jasmine rice.  

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

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

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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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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

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,

Vice President of Sales at Louisiana Rice Mill, Former Chairman of the US Rice Millers Association

William A. Dore is the vice president of Sales at Louisiana Rice Mill, a premier exporter of U.S. milled rice on the Gulf Coast.  He joined Louisiana Rice Mill in 1978 after working as a Certified Public Accountant.    He served as the Chairman of the US Rice Millers Association (RMA) 1991-1992. The RMA has represented the U.S. rice milling industry since 1899, making it one of the oldest agribusiness trade organizations in America.   In 1992 he was elected the 60th International Rice Festival Honoree.   Mr. Dore holds a Bachelor of Science

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),

PhD Economics Candidate

Adam John is a PhD economics candidate at the Agricultural and Food Policy Studies Institute at Universiti Putra Malaysia in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia and is based in Stockholm. His thesis looks at international rice prices and their effects on rice markets. Two of the chapters are already published. He is currently working as a Research Fellow at the Stockholm Environment Institute working on research related to rice production constraints in South Asia and also Senegal's policy responses to the Rice Crisis in 2008.    His research interests cover

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, Thai Rice Exporters Association (TREA)

Pol.Lt.Chareon Laothamatas is currently the President of the Thai Rice Exporters Association (TREA) and the Managing Director of Bangkok-based manufacturing and exporting company Uthai Produce Co., Ltd. He earned his Masters in Business Administration from the University of Southern California, USA and his Bachelor in Business Administration from Brigham Young University, USA. He specializes in trading of all types of rice, including jasmine rice.  

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

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

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