Dr. Jauhar Ali, lead scientist of the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) and head of the Hybrid Rice Development Consortium (HRDC), will deliver a talk and take part in a high-level panel for the 2nd Indian Rice Congress, to be held this 11-14 February 2023 in Cuttack, Odisha.
India is the world’s second-largest rice producer after China, and rice cultivation and consumption are critical to the livelihoods and food and nutrition security of majority of the country’s population. This Rice Congress, organized by the Association of Rice Research Workers (ARRW) in collaboration with the Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) – National Rice Research Institute (NRRI), convenes rice stakeholders from India and around the globe to discuss the various challenges and opportunities in the rice sector, and to share the latest research, innovations, and technologies from across the rice value chain. This year’s event will have the theme “Transforming Rice Research: Recent Scientific Developments and Global Food Crisis”.
As per the program of the 2nd Indian Rice Congress, Dr. Ali will be a lead lecturer on the theme “Recent developments in hybrid rice breeding for stress tolerance and yield”. He will also be part of a high-level panel discussion on the topic of “Transformative innovations for rice production in the 21st century”.
Dr. Jauhar Ali has been an in-demand speaker for various similar events. This December 2022 he was invited as a lead lecturer for the International Conference on System of Crop Intensification for Climate-Smart livelihood and Nutritional Security (ICSI 2022). Also in December, he chaired an interactive workshop on “Securing Food Through Climate-Resilient Rice Inbreds and hybrids” organized by Annamalai University, and was a key speaker of the Global Lecture Series organized by Tamil Nadu Agricultural University. In January 2023, Dr. Ali delivered a guest seminar on “Securing Food for Climate-Resilient Inbreds and Hybrids” organized by the Institute of Plant Breeding, Genetics, and Genomics of the University of Georgia.