In the face of climate change-induced water shortage in Asia’s rice production areas, farmers are struggling to figure out how to grow more rice with less water to ensure food security in the region.
Mr. Kumar leads IRRI’s rainfed, lowland plant breeding group for South Asia. He has expertise in trait development for drought, aerobic rice, and dry direct-seeded rice. Mr. Kumar has developed 30 rice varieties released in seven different countries. Before joining IRRI as a postdoctoral fellow in 2004, he was a scientists and research associate at Indira Gandhi Agricultural University in Raipur, India.
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