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The Framework for Sustainable Agricultural Mechanization in Africa (SAMA) (2018)

Hire Services as a Business Enterprise: A training manual for small scale mechanization service providers (2018)


Save and Grow in practice: maize, rice, wheat: A guide to sustainable cereal production (2016)

Produire plus avec moins: Le maïs, le riz, le blé : Guide pour une production céréalière durable (2016) (French)

This book looks at the application of Save and Grow practices and technologies to production of the worlds key food security crops maize, rice and wheat. With examples drawn from developing countries worldwide, it shows how eco-friendly farming systems are helping smallholder producers to boost cereal yields, improve their incomes and livelihoods.

Rice in human nutrition (1993)

Le riz dans la nutrition humaine (1993) (French)

This publication was written to serve a wide range of readers in government, universities and industry as a general source on most aspects of rice production, processing, trade and consumption.

Irrigation Water Management: Irrigation Scheduling (1989)

Irrigation scheduling is the fourth in a series of training manuals on irrigation. The manual describes briefly the influence of water shortages on the yields of various crops. It provides some simple methods to determine the irrigation schedule of field crops. A separate chapter is devoted to the determination of the irrigation schedule for paddy rice.

Prevention of post-harvest food losses: a training manual (1985)

This manual presents material from a wide range of disciplines associated with the prevention of food losses in, particularly, cereals, pulses, roots and tubers. It is directed at field staff, project supervisors and extension personnel involved in food-loss prevention programmes.

Blue-green algae for rice production. A manual for its promotion

This manual is designed to give detailed, practical advice on the various methodologies of organic recycling. Blue-green algae form a self-sufficient system which is capable of fixing atmospheric nitrogen in organic forms and which grows upon a free water surface. It is thus ideally suited for propagation in rice fields. The development and use of blue-green algae require special techniques. The manual summarizes the present status of algal biofertilizer technology for rice with practical information for its adoption by agricultural extension personnel and subject matter specialists. If properly extended, the technology holds the promise of providing 25-30 kg N/ha every season to the growing crop. It also holds the promise of generating rural income and employment. The ultimate success of the technology depends not only on creating an awareness but also on building a trained manpower reserve capable of applying the existing knowledge and carrying out further research.


A Regional Strategy for Sustainable Hybrid Rice Development in Asia (2014)

Rice is the staple food of about half the world’s population, 90 percent of whom live in Asia. As the world’s population increases, there will be further demands on the rice supply to meet consumption. This is a major challenge as the growth of rice productivity has stagnated or even declined in recent years because of marginal improvements in the rice yield potential. To overcome this challenge, the application of rice hybrids has been demonstrated as a means to raise the rice yield potential by exploiting the genetic expression of heterosis or hybrid vigor. This publication is the proceedings of a regional expert consultation on “Hybrid rice development in Asia: Assessment of limitations and potential” jointly organized by the FAO Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific and the Asia-Pacific Seed Association from 2 to 3 July 2014 in Bangkok, Thailand

A regional rice strategy for sustainable food security in Asia and the Pacific  (2014)

The 31st Session of the FAO Regional Conference for Asia and the Pacific (APRC) held in Hanoi in March 2012 called upon FAO to coordinate the development of a rice strategy for the region. To respond to the call, the FAO Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific formed a special task force to formulate a rice strategy through the mobilization of its internally available technical expertise as well as an advisory group of eminent experts called “The External Rice Advisory Group (ERAG).” This publication presents the outcome of the task force. The main aim of the strategy document is to provide evidence-based strategic guidelines to member nations to help them (1) develop and adjust their rice sector strategies in the light of broader regional and global trends and national priorities and (2) choose among key strategic options while considering the implied trade-offs (or consequences). The outputs are presented in the form of strategic options and the implied trade-offs (or consequences) instead of being prescriptive. The intention is to enrich the strategy and policy formulation deliberations of member countries for achieving sustainable food security.

Rice in the Shadow of Skyscrapers: Policy Choices in a Dynamic East and Southeast Asian Setting (2014)

This compendium of policy notes is the result of cooperation between the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN, The World Bank and the International Rice Research Institute. Across Asia, rice is food for the largest segment of the human family. These policy notes seek to contribute to the ongoing policy dialogues and debates about rice and food security in East and Southeast Asia and to better informed decision- making. The aim of this compendium is to synthesize and reframe a large body of recent literature into a readily-accessible format for public officials, business leaders, members of civil society and other stakeholders in the policymaking process. While the focus of the publication is on the rice sector in East and Southeast Asia, many of its key findings and conclusions will also be of interest to policymakers addressing similar challenges associated with staple food in other regions.

Rice post-harvest e-mail conference draft summary - V.1.2 (1998)

The e-mail conference addressed the most common issues and concerns, plus success stories regarding the adoption of technologies in the rice post-production system from farm to processing plants. Included in the discussion were the known concerns of farmers and processors, and the activities of service industries and institutions. At this time, not all of the desired audience has immediate access to E-mail.



Save and Grow Farming Systems Fact Sheet 2: Higher yields from healthy plants in healthy soils (2015)

The second fact sheet in the Save and Grow series presents the key points of the System of Rice Intensification in which rice is grown in moist, aerated soil. The system out-yields traditional flooded-rice production, while reducing the use of water, seed, fertilizer and pesticide. It increases production yields, emphasizes soil health, decreases methane emissions.

Save and Grow Farming Systems Fact Sheet 6: Conservation agriculture the key to food security (2015)

The sixth fact sheet in the Save and Grow series presents the key points of resource-conserving technologies for cereal production, including zero-tillage, retention of crop residues, raised bed planting, crop rotation and the dry-seeding of rice.

Save and Grow Farming Systems Fact Sheet 8: A richer harvest from paddy fields (2015)

The eighth fact sheet in the Save and Grow series presents the benefits of integrated rice-aquaculture systems, including human nutrition, efficient use of water and natural biological control of weeds and insect pests


International Year of Rice 2004 – Factsheets

Rice and water: a long and diversified story

Rice and human nutrition

Economics and the International Year of Rice

Rice and narrowing the yield gap

Hybrid rice for food security

Aquatic biodiversity in rice fields

Rice post-harvest system: an efficient approach

Gender and rice