Achim Dobermann's blog
Dr. Achim Dobermann is IRRI's deputy director general for research.
Achim talks about about his challenge to personally grow rice following recommended best practices, test these out, and try and see things better from the farmers' side. He and his sidekick, Leigh Vial, are now on their second season of IRRI's first reality show, the IRRI Agronomy Challenge.
There is a school of thought in which sensible farming principles, when encouraged among smallholder farmers and thus implemented millions of times over in little farms around the world, will translate into increased production and a more optimal use of limited resources globally. While this seems to make a lot of sense, Achim Dobermann, IRRI"s head of research, thinks it is not that simple. He explains why.
We're glad rice is a "flexible" plant that can generate grain yield in a number of ways, but at this stage the yield potential of our crop is set.
Nine years ago, I published one of the first papers that tried to provide a critical analysis of the biological principles underlying the System of Rice Intensification (SRI) and its potential to improve rice production.