“There’s modern technology and traditional knowledge. There’s
the opportunity to help people,” the Indonesian researcher
says. “And there’s traveling the world, meeting some of
the most interesting people: farmers and brilliant scientists,
policy makers and philanthropists.”
Slamet-Loedin is a rice scientist. More specifically, she
is a senior scientist of plant breeding genetics and biology
at the International
Rice Research Institute in Los Banos, Philippines.
But then she got a chance to attend a rice genetics conference
in the Philippines. Later she received the Rockefeller Foundation’s
rice biotechnology research grant in Indonesia. That led
to part-time work with IRRI.
“Some years after that, I was offered a full-time appointment
as head of the lab,” said Slamet-Loedin, who is also a graduate
of the Bogor
Institute of Agriculture.
At IRRI, where she does things like develop new kinds of
iron-fortified rice, Slamet-Loedin has had the chance to
get more Indonesian scientists hooked on studying the staple
“I have so far invited six young researchers,” she said.
That is especially important, she said, because rice scientists
in the country are becoming few and far between, despite
the field’s growing importance for Indonesia.
Even though Indonesia is full of rice farmers, it recently
became a net importer of the grain, given the huge amount
its citizens consume.
“The number of rice scientists is diminishing, but it is
crucial for Indonesia,” Slamet-Loedin said.
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