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- BY Nicole Pelette
The International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) is the world’s premier research organization dedicated to reducing poverty and hunger through rice science; improving the health and welfare of rice farmers and consumers; and protecting the rice-growing environment for future generations. IRRI is an independent, nonprofit, research and educational institute, founded in 1960 by the Ford and Rockefeller foundations with support from the Philippine government. The institute, headquartered in Los Baños, Philippines, has offices in 17 rice-growing countries in Asia and Africa, and over 1,000 staff.
Working with in-country partners, IRRI develops advanced rice varieties that yield more grain and better withstand pests and disease as well as flooding, drought, and other harmful effects of climate change.
The Centre of Excellence in Rice Value Addition (CERVA), a major component of the IRRI South Asia Regional Centre (ISARC), is dedicated to enhance contribution of rice towards sustainable food security and farm profitability in South Asia through grain value addition. Rice is a major source of calorie as well as nutrients for more than half of the world’s population. Elevating the status of rice as a delivery platform for nutritional benefits is being increasingly realized with the double burden of malnutrition posing a major health challenge in the developing world. Simultaneous tackling of undernutrition and obesity necessitates concerted multi-angle efforts involving expertise from agriculture, health, food and nutrition sectors. Rice is predominantly consumed in polished form with a considerable portion of vitamins, minerals, fibre and lipids removed along with bran and embryo during the process of milling. Enhancing micro and macronutrients of nutritional significance in the endosperm is a sustainable way of delivering benefit to millions of rice consumers in the region.
This Postdoctoral Fellow will undertake innovative research of strategic importance to CERVA and IRRI, enabling impact through contributing to efforts towards addressing the nutritional challenges of South Asia. The project will support CERVA’s research on developing Healthy Milled Rice, with particular focus on understanding the mechanisms of nutrient transport and distribution in rice grain.
This position will be based at our country office in Varanasi, India and is open to all nationalities.
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