In a study that identified “knowledge hotspots” in Indonesia and the Philippines, the Philippine Rice Research Institute (PhilRice) has been ranked as the third most prolific rice research-producing institution in the two countries.
The article “Two decades of rice research in Indonesia and the Philippines: A systematic review and research agenda for the social sciences,” reviewed 2,243 rice-related articles cumulatively written by more than 6,000 authors and published in over 900 scientific journals. The rice-related articles were published from 2001 to 2021.
Around 160 institutions contributed to scholarly publications from Indonesia and the Philippines. Researchers who were attached to universities and research organizations dominated the contributions.
PhilRice, which is an attached agency of the Department of Agriculture, contributed 122 papers. The papers had a wide range of topics such as rice worms, hybrid rice, and community development strategies for rice production.
In the review, PhilRice was noted to have “impressive local and global collaborations,” which helped in enabling the institute for the rice research for development agenda.
PhilRice executive director John C. de Leon, congratulated the institute’s researchers and development workers for “sustaining the passion for scholarly discourse, publication, and collaboration in rice research for development [R4D] these recent 20 years.”
It was observed that there was a stark increase in the number of scholarly articles published in Indonesia and the Philippines. The increase was noticed in 2014.
Ginbert P. Cuaton and Laurence L. Delina, researchers from Hong Kong University of Science and Technology and authors of the study, chose to review articles from Indonesia and the Philippines, owing to their high volume of production and level of rice consumption.