November 6, 2014

Towards an Operational SAR-Based Rice Monitoring System in Asia


Various authors working in the context of the RIICE Project have compiled an article “Towards an Operational SAR-Based Rice Monitoring System in Asia: Examples from 13 Demonstration Sites across Asia in the RIICE Project”. In this publication, the authors present a simple, robust, rule-based classification for mapping rice area with regularly acquired, multi-temporal, X-band, HH-polarized […]Read more

July 30, 2014

RIICE Workshop featured in Vietnamese news stream

In July 2014, the RIICE partners hosted a workshop in Vietnam to update national stakeholders on the RIICE Project Progress. The workshop was also attended by the Vietnamese Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MARD) to inform on government policies, priorities and challenges in remote sensing applications. This report was followed by a floor discussion […]Read more

July 25, 2014

IRRI’s Geographic Information System (GIS) Team wins the 2014 Mid-year SATA

The Geographic Information System (GIS) team under the Social Sciences Division (SSD) was presented with the 2014 Mid-year Semi-Annual Team Awards (SATA). The award was presented to the team, headed by Andrew Nelson and Tri Deri Setiyono, in recognition of their critical and timely response after Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda), which is an excellent example of […]Read more

February 7, 2014

Mapping rice in Africa

This is a caption. © photo: Hildegard Wachtweitel

“Rice today” has published an article, written by experts on rice and remote sensing from IRRI, AfricaRice and sarmap. A recent field exploration tour in Benin revealed that the situation in Africa can be very different from Asia when it comes to the use of remote sensing for mapping rice areas. This is especially true […]Read more

February 6, 2014

Sentinel 1a to be launched this April


BBC reported last week that the European Union’s multi-billion-euro Earth observation project is ready to be launched this April. Under the project, the satellite Sentinel 1a will use radar technology in order to map the Earth’s surface. The Mission will provide an all-weather day-and-night supply of imagery. It will also provide maps to strengthen emergency service […]Read more

November 26, 2013

Satellite images map rice damage from typhoon

Satellite images showing flooded rice farms and buildings that were damaged by Typhoon Haiyan (local name Yolanda) in the northeastern part of Leyte Province have been released as part of ongoing work to track rice production in the Philippines. IRRI and partners hope that these maps will aid the Philippine government in recovery and rehabilitation […]Read more

November 20, 2013

Location of rice areas and rice calendar for the Philippines


In the aftermath of Typhoon Haiyan, IRRI published datasets on the location of rice areas in the Philippines as well as a detailed rice calendar. Both datasets are critical to helping quantify rice production and potential import needs and export opportunities by characterizing rice areas, modeling rice growth, estimating the yield and identifying appropriate timing […]Read more

November 13, 2013

Post-typhoon rice damage assessed in Philippines

Written by Lizbetz Edra The International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) and the Philippine Department of Agriculture are assessing the extent of the damage wrought by Typhoon Haiyan (local name Yolanda) on rice production in the affected region of the Philippines. Read more on the IRRI websiteRead more

November 8, 2013

Could micro-insurance help the poorest communities deal with climate change?

The RIICE Project was referred to in an article in The Guardian: “Could micro-insurance help the poorest communities deal with climate change?” The article deals with the role of microinsurance for low-income populations that are threatened by the devastating effects of climate change. Read more at The Guardian websiteRead more

February 5, 2013

IRRI delivers training on crop modeling


IRRI delivered a crop modeling training, one of a series, in Indonesia as part of efforts of the RIICE Project to help Asian countries monitor rice production using space-borne remote sensing combined with a biophysical crop model. The RIICE – or Remote sensing-based Information and Insurance for Crops in Emerging economies – Project aims to […]Read more