IYR calendar

Date Event Location (Organizer)

October 2003
7-8 Adoption of Special Rice Agenda at ASEAN Plus 3 (China, Japan, South Korea) summit Bali, Indonesia (FAO, ASEAN)
31 Official launch of International
Year of Rice

Announcement of the Global Rice Contests
United Nations Headquarters, New York City, USA (UNGA)

November 2003
4-7 Workshop on integrated irrigation aquaculture in West Africa Bamako, Mali (FAO/WARDA)
27 IYR event, FAO Council Rome, Italy (FAO/IRC)

December 2003
2-4 Regional consultation on gender dimensions in Asian rice livelihood systems in changing milieu of technologies and economy Las Baņos, Philippines (FAO, IRRI)

January 2004
1 Announcement of guidelines for the IYR Global Photography Contest Rome, Italy (FAO)
20 International Symposium to celebrate IYR Tokyo, Japan (MAFF, FAO)
21-23 Workshop on sustainable use of agricultural resources and environment management with focus on the role of rice farming Tokyo, Japan (Japan-FAO Association)

February 2004
11 Meeting of the Informal International Working Group on Coordination and Implementation of IYR Rome, Italy (FAO/Partners)
12-13 FAO Rice conference Rome, Italy (FAO, IRRI, WARDA, CIAT/FLAR, MedRice, Cornell University, Egypt)
25 Launch of IYR programme in Italy Rome, Italy (Italian IYR National Coordinating Committee)
Training courses: Rice production on smallholdings Brazil (EMBRAPA, FAO, Zero Hunger Program, State Secretaries of Agriculture)

March 2004
1 Announcement International Award for Best Scientific Articles Rome, Italy (FAO, IRRI, WARDA, CIRAD, FLAR)
1-2 Celebration of IYR Jeypore, India (M.S. Swaminathan Research Foundation)
1-5 IYR event, 23rd Session of FAO African Regional Conference Johannesburg, South Africa (FAO)
8 International Women's Day:
Gender and Rice
Rome, Italy (FAO)
9-12 Regional Consultation on gender dimensions in Asian rice livelihood systems Bangkok, Thailand (FAO)
12-13 Colloquium on molecular breeding and shaping the future of rice Chennai, India (M.S. Swaminathan Research Foundation)
13-17 IYR event, 27th Session of FAO
Near East Regional Conference
Doha, Qatar (FAO)
13-17 First Latin American Congress
on Rice Economics
Porto Allegre, Brazil (IRGA, EMBRAPA, Secretary of Agriculture, SINDARROZ)
15-19 Conference and workshop on genetic improvement of rice in Latin America and the Caribbean Goiás, Brazil (FAO, CIAT, CIRAD, EMBRAPA)
29 The World Food Prize Laureate Announcement Ceremony Washington, DC (US State Department, World Food Prize Foundation)

April 2004
1-4 7th Festival and seminar on IYR Sinop, Mato Grosso, Brazil (AGRO NORTE Pesquisa e Sementes Ltd)
6-8 Regional Rice Research Review
(4Rs) Meeting, Sub Saharan Africa
Bamako, Mali (WARDA)
26-30 IYR event, 28th Session of FAO Latin America and the Caribbean
Regional Conference
Guatemala City, Guatemala (FAO)
29 Briefing on IYR UN Headquarters, New York (UN DPI/NGO)
30 Symposium on the future of rice biotechnology: Scientific advances and policy issues New Haven, USA (Yale University)
Regional workshop on integrated
crop management for irrigated rice
Venezuela (CIAT/FLAR)

May 2004
4-5 National workshop on rice integrated crop management Maligaya, Philippines (PhilRice, FAO)
5-7 IYR event, 24th Session of FAO European Regional ConferenceMontpellier, France (FAO)
7 National IYR observation day in conjunction with the Royal Ploughing Ceremony Thailand
17-21 IYR event, 27th Session of FAO Asia and Pacific Regional Conference Beijing, China (FAO)
27 National ceremony for celebration of IYR Seoul, Republic of Korea (MAF, NACF)
27-28 International Symposium on Rice Industry Development Seoul, Republic of Korea (MAF, KREI)
31 Launch of IYR programme in Vietnam Hanoi, Vietnam (MARD)

June 2004
1-4 "Rice as a staple food": Special Conference of the Oldenburg Model United Nations Oldenburg, Germany (OLMUN)
3-6 International trade fair of rice, gastronomy, tourism and culture Pals, Spain (Pals Tourist Office)
21-25 Latin American and the Caribbean Meeting on Plant Biotechnology Punta Cana, Dominican Republic (REDBIO, Government of Dominican Republic, FAO)
Mercosur Rice Producers Meeting Palmas, Brazil (FLAR, Agrotins)

July 2004
"Rock for rice" concerts Philippines, Thailand, Indonesia (IRRI, MTV Asia, FAO)
IYR special exhibition Tokyo, Japan (UNIC, FAOLOJA)

August 2004
International Conference on Water - Workshop on effective rice water management Moscow, Russian Federation (ICID, FAO)
25-27 6th Brazilian Rice Economy Congress, 1st Latin American Rice Economy Congress Porto Alegre, Brazil (Govt. of Rio Grande do Sul)
31-2 September Conference: "Rice for the future, 2004" Bangkok, Thailand (Kasetsart University)

September 2004
8-10 Hunan Huaihua International Forum on Hybrid Rice and World Food Security Changsha and Huaihua, Hunan Province, China (CNHRRDC, IRRI)
13-15 International Rice Science Conference Seoul, Korea (MAF, RDA, IRRI)
13-15 Turin Conference on Rice Turin, Italy (University of Turin, MedRice Network, FAO)
21-23 International Conference on Scientific Approach for Rice Research Alexandria, Egypt (Regional Conference for Africa)
23-24, 28 Pan African Celebration of the International Year of Rice Accra, Ghana (National Planning Committee, Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry)
26 4th International Crop Science Congress Brisbane Australia (IRRI, USDA,CSIRO, Pioneer, DPIQG, ACIAR, GRDC, DAGWA, UWA, EGC, ICRISAT, IWMI)

October 2004
11-13 International Symposium on Rainfed Rice Ecosystems: Challenges and opportunities Raipur, India (Indira Gandhi Agricultural University)
14 Presentation of prizes to winners of IYR global photography and science contests Rome, Italy (FAO)
14-15 The World Food Prize International Symposium: From Asia to Africa - Rice, biofortification and enhanced nutrition Des Moines, Iowa, USA (The World Food Prize Foundation)
14-16 2004 International Rice Festival Crowley, USA
15-17 Mekong Rice Conference Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam (MARD, IRRI, Mekong River Commission)
15-17 International Conference on Sustainable Rice Production-Policy, Technology and Extension Hangzhou, China (Ministry of Agriculture, Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences, China National Rice Research Institute, CK Life Sciences Int. Inc)

November 2004
4-7 International Rice Research Conference Tokyo, Japan (MAFF, JIRCAS, IRRI, FAO)
18-19 World Rice Commerce 2004 Bangkok, Thailand (MOAC, MOC, TRERMA)
19 Portuguese Seminar on IYR Lisbon, Portugal (Humaneasy Consulting)
26 World's biggest risotto Sydney, Australia (Ricegrowers' Association)
26-30 International Rice Forum and Festival Manila, Philippines (Department of Agriculture, National Organizing Committee, IRRI, FAO, ADB)

December 2004
Dance for Rice Cambodia (CARDI)


April 2005
* Preparation of 21st Session of the International Rice Commission Peru (FAO/Partners)

    ABIAP Brazilian Parboiled Rice Industry Association
    ACIAR Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research
    ADB Asian Development Bank
    ASEAN Association of Southeast Asian Nations
    CIAT Centro Internacional de Agricultura Tropical
    CIRAD International Cooperation Centre of Agricultural Research for Development, France
    CNHRRDC China National Hybrid Rice Research and Development Center
    CSIRO Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization, Australia
    DAGWA Department of Agriculture, Government of Western Australia
    DPIQG Department of Primary Industries Government of Queensland, Australia
    EGC Export Grains Centre, Australia
    EMBRAPA Brazilian Agricultural Research Corporation
    FAO Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations
    FLAR Latin American Fund for Irrigated Rice
    GRDC Grains Research and Development Corporation, Australia
    ICID International Commission on Irrigation and Drainage
    ICRISAT International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics
    IRC International Rice Commission
    IRGA Rio Grande Rice Institute
    IRRI International Rice Research Institute
    IWMI International Water Management Institute
    JIRCAS Japan International Research Center for Agricultural Sciences
    KREI Korea Rural Economic Institute
    MAF Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry, Republic of Korea
    MAFF Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, Japan
    MARD Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, Vietnam
    MedRice Inter-Regional Cooperative Research Network on Rice in the Mediterranean Climate Areas
    MERCOSUR Southern Common Market
    MOAC Ministry of Agriculture and Co-Operatives
    MOC Ministry of Commerce, Thailand
    MTV Asia Music Television Asia
    NACF National Agricultural Cooperative Federation of Republic of Korea
    OLMUN Oldenburg Model United Nations
    PhilRice Philippine Rice Research Institute, Department of Agriculture
    RDA Rural Development Administration of Republic of Korea
    REDBIO Technical Co-operation Network on Plant Biotechnology in Latin America and The Caribbean
    SINDARROZ Brazilian Trade Union of Rice Producers
    TRERMA Thailand Rice Export and Rice Millers Associations
    UNGA United Nations General Assembly
    UNIC United Nations Information Centre
    USDA United States Department of Agriculture
    UWA University of Western Australia
    WARDA West Africa Rice Development Association