GLOBAL POLICIES AND THEIR IMPACT ON AGRICULTURE AND FOOD SECURITY
I first visited Madagascar before joining IRRI and observed that although it is a mega biodiversity area, very little of the rice germplasm was being used in breeding. Therefore I came to the conclusion that we should help Madagascar in establishing a Rice Research Institute. Soon after the visit to Madagascar, I joined as the Director-General of the IRRI. One of my projects in IRRI was helping Madagascar since it is the second largest rice growing country in Africa. This became possible with support from the US government. My last programme before leaving IRRI was to get the Madagascar Rice Research Institute inaugurated.
RICE RESEARCH INSTITUTE IN MADAGASCAR
Madagascar, though rich in rice did not have a Rice Research Institute. I visited Madagascar in 1982 and proposed the establishment of a Rice Research Institute of Madagascar. Fortunately the then US Ambassador in Madagascar agreed to provide the necessary funds. One of my last functions at IRRI was to go to Madagascar for the inauguration of the Madagascar Rice Research Institute
My last job in IRRI in 1987 end was to visit Madagascar for the inauguration of the??? I was very happy the US Ambassador, the President and the Ministers were there. I was also glad that before the programme started I could see the culmination of the programme in the sense of the finalisation of the establishment of the rice research institute of Madagascar.