Research to Impact: Case Studies for Natural Resource Management for Irrigated Rice in Asia

Divided into four main parts this book aims to share lessons and experiences and document cross-country learning in 11 countries from bridging research and extension to fostering multi-stakeholder partnership for “research to impact.” into best practices for natural resource management in Asian rice production. Part I Highlights the importance of using participatory approaches, presenting the experiences of the IRRC Country Outreach Programs (ICOPs) in the Philippines, Indonesia, and Myanmar. Part II illustrates the various processes of putting science into practice through the documentation of 14 case studies across south and south-east Asia. Part III focuses on the assessment of impacts of NRM technologies adopted by farmers in Vietnam and China and Part IV consists of reflections from a renowned sociologist, Dr. Gelia Castillo.


  • Foreword .v
  • Acknowledgments .vii
  • Strengthening research and extension partnership for impact: lessons from case studies .1
  • Changing views of agricultural innovation: implications for communicative intervention and science . 15
  • Part I: IRRC Country Outreach Programs . 33
  • Dissemination of Integrated NRM for Lowland Rice
  • Dissemination of integrated natural resource management for lowland rice in the Philippines  . 35
  • The research-extension linkage in the dissemination of integrated crop management for rice in  Indonesia . 55
  • Disseminating integrated natural resource management for lowland rice in Myanmar 67
  • Part II: From Science to Practice . 81
  • Experiences from Research, Academe, and Extension Organizations
  • Tackling hunger through early rice harvests in northwest Bangladesh: making a difference with direct seeding and varietal choice . 83
  • Developing direct-seeding options for rice farmers in the Indo-Gangetic Plains . 101
  • Community management of rodents in irrigated rice in Indonesia . 115
  • Outscaling AWD in a public-managed reservoir-type irrigation system: a case study in the Philippines . 135
  • Improving crop establishment and reducing losses from weeds in direct-seeded rice in Sri Lanka . 151
  • Rice drying systems: from development to commercialization  in southern Vietnam .167
  • Facilitating dissemination of SSNM within the framework of ICM in Indonesia . 187
  • Scaling out communication to rural farmers: lessons from the “Three Reductions, Three Gains” campaign in Vietnam . 207
  • The development and extension of “three controls” technology in Guangdong, China . 221
  • SMART farmer: a farmer-to-farmer extension approach for widespread adoption . 233
  • Experiences from the Private Sector . 245
  • Public-private partnership: a case study for the introduction of flat-bed dryers through the private sector in Myanmar . 247
  • The roles of change agents and opinion leaders in the diffusion of agricultural technologies in Vietnam: a case study of ACIAR-World Vision collaborative adaptive
  • research projects. 261
  • SOLIDARITY’s approach to rural development in northern Bangladesh: a case of monga mitigation .275 
  • Part III: Assessment of Impacts . 287
  • Adoption of crop management technology and cost-efficiency impacts: the case of Three Reductions, Three Gains in the Mekong River Delta of Vietnam. 289
  • Development and impact of site-specific nutrient management in the Red River Delta of Vietnam . 317
  • Adoption and impact of aerobic rice in North Anhui . 335
  • Part IV: Reflections . 361
  • The IRRC at an opportune time . 363
  • Appendix 1. Other reflections from scientists and the donor. 367


Palis FG, Singleton GR, Casimero MC, Hardy B, editors. 2010. Research to
impact: case studies for natural resource management for irrigated rice in Asia.  Los Baños (Philippines): International Rice Research Institute. Retrieved from