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 open source heroes of curriculum of rice emerged during lst decade of 20th C Q3: ... but first here's a 2016 update from

Norman Uphoff at Yale: 6 principles System Rice Intensification

1 transplant seedlings when young : 8 to 10 days old-given extra time in the field, rice plants multiply their potential

--rice panicles support clusters of rice grains whih develop according to a fibonacci series (where each number is sum of proceeeding two)

2 plant seedlings at a shallow depth - just under the soil avoids transplant shock

3 space out plants on a square grid - 10 to 12 inches apart :

gives room for root development; full access to sun for each plant; easy access to  weeding via grid's channels

4 Reduce water use by alternating between shallow flooding and drying - different from convention of keeping fields flooded continuously

5 use locally available organic compost wherever possible.

6 Control weeds and pests using mechanical weeders and integrated pest management.

simple mechanical weeder controls weeds; aerates soli; ensuring health of plants best line of defence against pests 

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Biggest questions you might want to ask so far- which countries scale curriculum of rice to end poverty - eg Bangladesh, China - you tell us chris.macrae@yahoo.co.uk

what other food value chains are designed so poorest can feed the future? well in bangladesh BRAC designs poultry, dairy and some essential vegetable (eg carrott) markets so that the smallest enterprises can feed themselves and build the market -where else : you tell us - eg you have told us tea is best organised out of kenya for small enterprises  -nb see 30000 microifranchises - obviously we need thousands of food microifranchsies if sustainability goal 2 end hunger is to truly connect the greatest learning generation

around 1970 rice science maximising productivitry and green processes emerged as collaboration across such countries as  

from china

from bangladesh's BRAC 

from japan nippon institute

from americas borlaug 

Norman Borlaug: The Genius Behind The Green Revolution

Noel Vietmeyer’s excellent, meticulously researched biography of Norman Borlaug, the plant breeder known as the Father of theGreen Revolution, Our Daily ...

www.forbes.com/.../norman-borlaug...green-r…
america's last great sustainable academic in agriculture- always intersted to hear votes of  last great sustainabikiot academic by discipline- eg in my own field von neumann- the poroblem ius us governmenst started uinterfering in what research would be finded and then university presidents becma money men- making long-term innovation that sustains the human lot the last mission you would ever fund most us universities to want to do
 
obamas adminstration's proudenst moments in usaid claim to be about their feed the future partnerships program and re-discovery of borlaug as one of aid's greatest heroes-  
 
amychina writes: borlaug's huge innovation was to moidify particularfly corn so that its total plant size was smaller while the edible part remained unchanged; the advantage of a smaller crop was its growing season was shorter - in some countries this alowed 2 crops per year instead of one; in others it reduced the risk that bad weather or disease would destroy your crop near the end of its growth - this is what one of borbaug's greatest fans reports of his gamechanging contribution to ending hunger- -remember however local context is everything - was borlaug's revoplution in crop science actually economical for smallest poorest farmers in evary locality?
 
noel vietmeyer, author of the essential Norman Borlaug: Norman's work with Orville Vogel's broke the mindset that the bigger the crop plant the better; consequently cereal staples became more efficient and capable of providing food to billions of people- Marroquene genes cut weeks off the growing time so that farmers in places such as India and China could grow 2 crops a year in the same ground (and eg minature wheat and minature rice could be griown sequentialy making it possible to grow 2 tons of wheat and 3 tons of rice on an acre of land previously producing half a ton of one crop. The most progressive faremrs might even slip in a 3rd crop such as mung bean or potato. The consequence is famines of the 1960s when 3 billion people lived on earth are today no longer common due to lack of earth's capav]city even though 7 billion people now need to be fed. (In more geographic detail; before borlaug's seeds arrived, the area encompassing today's India, Pakistan, Bangalesh and China was synonomus with famine.  Since then these nations have fed themselves , India and China have actually risen to be great powers on the world stage. Neither could have achieved that if recurrent starvation had still threatened their peoples and economies.
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from brac bangladesh

and later converged on a clearing house the IRRI phillipines

 the good news is increases in ric productivity locally all over the world by up to 10 fold were the single greatest solution to ending famine- such as the 30 million chinese who died in the early 1960s or the million plus that caused professor muhammad yunus to take hos economics students out of the classrooms to turn bangaldesh volages into labs for ending famine and poverty 

the big question is how did rice crop science's heroic research remain in trust for the poorest whereas so much other crop science has been turned against the poorest - and now that obama is being ytransitioned into hiostory can dfeed the future partensrhisp be blockchained so that we dont ever lose what private public partnerships could be turning into microfranchsiisng solutions youth could be replicating to feed the future. This si particularlytimely in Afrrica where Obama's other major parternship challenge was co-branded power africa. Food security and clean energy across africa - that would be a legacy woirth turning into major jobs curricula- Mr Obama is that world possible?

The 30 national leaders of the greatest #LearingGeneration have got off to a quick start in Uganda and Malawi - how can we app these curricula there?  

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rice research gets very detailed over time- and needs transparency of contextual review

out of bangladesh brac's research portal is a benchmark destination   - http://research.brac.net/   typical rice review  - does your counttry have an equivalent 

Rice Research, Technological Progress, and Poverty: The Bangladesh Case 
Mahabub Hossain, David Lewis, Manik L. Bose and Alamgir Chowdhury
 
February - 2007 
Agricultural Research
 

 

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  • Published Date: Tuesday, 06 February 2007
  • Country: Bangladesh

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Alibaba founder Jack Ma unveils ambitious plan

Mission: 100 million new jobs

By Dana McCauley


He already runs the world's biggest online shopping company, but Alibaba founder Jack Ma is not satisfied.

The Chinese billionaire has unveiled an even more ambitious plan to expand the company's reach across the globe, creating 100 million new jobs and transforming the global economy to create a more equitable world.

It may sound pie-in-the-sky, but the goal forms part of mission statement of the US$261 billion company's visionary executive chairman.

In a letter to shareholders, Ma outlined Alibaba's achievements of the past financial year - including a gross merchandise turnover of more than $195 billion (1 trillion RMB), an "unprecedented" figure - before looking to the future.

"We have more than 430 million annual active buyers, which means one out of every three individuals in China has made a purchase on our retail marketplaces," Ma wrote.

But, he said, while proud of Alibaba's online shopping achievements, "we want to do far more", saying that the benefits of globalisation had not been spread evenly, but that "digital disruption will bring us closer to a level playing field for young people and small businesses".

"We are not merely trying to shift buy/sell transactions from offline to online, nor are we changing conventional digital marketing models to squeeze out a little additional profit," he wrote.

"We are working to create the fundamental digital and physical infrastructure for the future of commerce, which includes marketplaces, payments, logistics, cloud computing, big data and a host of other fields."

The Alibaba group of companies, founded in 1999, accounts for 60 per cent of all Chinese online sales, and this year overtook Walmart as the world's largest retailer.

 

It has made Ma the second richest man in Asia, with a net worth of US$28.5 billion.

THE NEW 'NATURAL RESOURCE'

It's through cloud computing that Alibaba aims to expand its reach, and the company has been investing in the technology as part of a strategy that sees shoppers' data as the contemporary equivalent of mineral riches.

"Over the next 30 years, with computing power as the new 'technology breakthrough' and data as the new 'natural resource,' the landscape of retail, financial services, manufacturing and entertainment will be transformed," Ma wrote, forecasting a decades-long period of transformation.

"The internet revolution is a historical inflection point, much like when electricity was introduced, and it may have an even greater impact," he predicted.

Alibaba's mission, he said, was to "empower merchants with the ability to transform and upgrade their businesses for the future" and "help companies all over the world to grow".

"We believe, the commerce infrastructure we have created in China - marketplaces, payments, logistics, cloud computing and big data, all working in concert - can be applied on a global scale to lift up small and medium businesses and ordinary consumers around the world."

Eight years after launching, Alibaba Cloud hosts 35 per cent of Chinese websites, while delivering cloud computing and big data services.

'100 MILLION NEW JOBS'

Ma said Alibaba was constantly adapting to the changing e-commerce environment, as staying at the forefront of innovation was key to its continued success.

"In the coming years, we anticipate the birth of a re-imagined retail industry driven by the integration of online, offline, logistics and data across a single value chain," he said.

"With e-commerce itself rapidly becoming a "traditional business," pure e-commerce players will soon face tremendous challenges."

A shift to mobile revenue was one such change, he said, with mobile climbing from a single-digit percentage to three-years of total revenue from Alibaba's Chinese retail marketplaces, in the space of two years.

"This is why we are adapting, and it's why we strive to play a major role in the advancement of this new economic environment," Ma said.

Innovations like Alibaba's Qianniu app, which helps online businesses to improve sales and marketing while enhancing efficiency, were an example of the type of projects the company aimed to focus on.

"In 20 years, we hope to serve two billion consumers around the world, empower 10 million profitable businesses and create 100 million jobs," Ma said, adding: "This will be an even more difficult journey than the one behind us."

news.com.au

 
 
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Mr Ma - who's worth around $50 billion - met with John Key in Beijing late yesterday. He made his money through founding the online commerce platform Ali Baba.

Standing alongside the Prime Minister, he heaped praise on the country, which he says is loved by many Chinese.

"At least 20 of my colleagues retired from Ali Baba. They're all very young, in their 40s, they all go to New Zealand."

"I asked what they do apart from the golf and green things and they say it's the people there."

It wasn't all social, with the Chinese billionaire also talking business.

Jack Ma told the entrepreneurs luncheon Kiwi businesspeople find it difficult to access the Chinese market.

Mr Ma said he wants to make that easier with his multi-platform organisation.

"We have Ali Baba University. We would either have courses in New Zealand or invite the entrepreneurs in New Zealand to stay in China for two weeks for training."

"The second is that we're going to open an Ali Baba business embassy next year in New Zealand."

John Key is in China meeting business and political leaders.

 

 


Innovation "Made in China" - The Case of Alibaba and the role of Net-based Small Business

Innovation is a key driver for economic development and social progress and small business is one of the best ways for people to express their willingness and capability to innovate.  Pervasive business ownership has, therefore, been the foundation in many societies for the continued improvement of people’s economic wellbeing. In the People’ Republic of China, however, private business ownership was prohibited between 1957 and 1978. Productive innovations were extremely restricted and as a consequence, China’s economy was on the verge of collapse by the end of 1978. The Chinese people had suffered a historic setback.

Alibaba’s growth, driven by unleashing grassroots entrepreneurship, has become an exemplar of China’s innovation in the 21st century.  Started by 18 young people in 1999, Alibaba has grown into a giant global internet platform and has made many invaluable contributions to China’s progress. Highlighting the importance of pervasive small business ownership in unleashing grassroots innovation and improving economic wellbeing, Professor Lowrey will discuss Alibaba’s innovative strategies and explain the economic theory behind its inspiring success.

 

 

 

Dr. Ying Lowrey is Professor of Economics at Tsinghua University and Deputy Director of the Tsinghua Research Center for Chinese Entrepreneurs, and a member of the Academic Committee for Alibaba Group Research Institute. Her teaching and research interests include economics of innovation and entrepreneurship in the internet and platform economy, the modern microfinance market, business demographics, characteristics of business owners, and the role of free enterprise and competition in the macroeconomy. 

She received her economics Ph.D. from Duke University, economics MA from Yale University and mathematics BS from Wuhan University. Before joining Tsinghua University in 2012, she served as senior economist at the Office of Advocacy, U.S. Small Business Administration and has taught economics at George Washington University and San Diego State University.

 

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Founder of Ali Baba commits his work for Chinese on internet to generate 100 million microentrepren…chris macraeNov 23, 200950 views

Founder of Ali Baba commits his work for Chinese on internet to generate 100 million microentrepreneur jobs in 2010s - who else would you vote at the centre of 100 million job creation leagues?
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unlike oiher years spent with bangaldeshi inspired youth, i spent 2015-2016 mainly with a class of chinese female students - what brilliant minds and tirelss sources of human energy - i hope this summary of why the whole world can celebrate what jack ma is doing is near to the mark - but as always look forward to editing any errors which are mine alone
chris.macrae@yahoo.co.uk washington dc text 240 316 8157
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was english language tutoring

In 1995 he was sent to the usa on an exchange mission and encountered the worldwideweb - then unknown in China. He determined the www would be the biggest job creating innovation of his (or his generations) life and hopefully of every Chinese entrepreneur he could valuably link into.

Over the next 15 years his wizard coding teams went from something that was little more than an electronic yellow pages for small businesses to conceiving sustainability generation's 2 greatest retailing platforms china or the world may ever have seen..

the taobao platform is the most valuable job creating concept retailers have ever mediated because it reverses the western trend of globalisiation of retailers, bankers and big corporations squeezing out local and small enterprises from having a market; how taobao did that is an extraordinarily detailed story but note how Ma was concerned to ensure even the most cut-off of Chinese villagers could start up on tao bao (rural ecommerce is one of the innovations that Ma has led the www purpose to linkin)

His other mall was pitched at the more usual high cost fashions of big global merchandisers. Because of complex property laws in chinese cities, most expensive retailers are not much of a joy to shop in. So ali baba created a lifestyle -eg celebrate singles day 11/11 shopping virtually rather than the physically exhausting interaction in The West's biggest shopping days of the year)

SO 365/24/7 consumers of ali baba can choose who they value developing most with their purchasing power as well as searching merchandise with global image or local cultural joy

Alibaba has become china's and probably the word's largest retailing channel. It does this with next to no merchandise but brilliant coding so that every store front on its platforms delivers with equal reliability. Hunting out exactly how Ma forms partnerships so that big data analysis benefits the smallest enterprises and most local consumers ought to be a job of whomever is sustainability goals greatest economist.

Intriguingly to ensure he could compete with the chinese internet companies that raced to co-create the www that Ma had opened space for in china, Ma IPO'd Alibaba through a process 2010-2015 while developing his secret sustainability weapon under private ownership. AlIpay is china's number 1 financial inclusion delivery system and maybe global youth most humanly productive coding achievement to date.

Comparing china's top 10 internet properties with the west's is very interesting. Are the consuming behaviours on ali baba more sustainable than those on amazon or ebay or paypal? Are the learnng behaviours on baidu more sustaining of youth than on google or coursera or microsoft's linkedin. Time will tell but note how speaking english, chinese and coding (as well as mother tongue) are probably what educators anywhere on planet earth should NOW be most valuing their global youth's future freedom to thrive entrepreneurially around.

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