By Leo Angelo Ocampo
The CURE website can be accessed by just typing an easy to remember URL - cure.irri.org. Alternatively, CURE website can be accessed directly from IRRI.ORG (the official website of the International Rice Research Institute). The sections are organized, so that users can easily find the information they need. It is mobile-friendly - use your phones or tablets and still view the contents in an optimal resolution. More stories, publications, and other materials can be viewed and downloaded.
PEOPLE. Meet our workgroup leaders, steering committee members, NARES partners, and the coordination unit.
COUNTRIES. Know more about CURE countries in the COUNTRY PROFILE page. The information includes: an overview, map of stress-affected areas, key institutions involved, key scientists, released rice varieties, workgroups involved, and research activities.
WORKGROUPS. Alternatively, information can also be viewed per workgroup.
STRESS-TOLERANT VARIETIES. A list of stress-tolerant varieties can also be found in the website.
EVENTS. Past events can be found in the events section. Users can view the program and the event details. To view all the materials for a particular event, click on the event details. Materials include photos, videos, Powerpoint presentations, outputs (for workshops with group activities), directory of participants, and other related materials.
CURE MATTERS. Read share stories from the official newsletter of CURE. These stories are written by our NARES partners and researchers from 10 countries in South and Southeast Asia.
CURE Information System
DATABASE. One of the key features of our website is the CURE Information System. It is a centralized repository of the consortium’s products and achievements over the years. One of the highlights of the CURE website is the CURE Information System (DATABASE). The CURE database is a systematized collection of scattered regional data into one centralized data repository. It has four modules:
- Seed distributions
- KM products —publications, videos, others—
The data can be filtered by ecosystem (drought, submergence, salinity, and upland), by country, by year, and by type of activity/material. The selection can be downloaded into an Excel or csv file.
The Heirloom Rice Project section
HEIRLOOM RICE PROJECT. The Heirloom Rice Project (HRP) portal can also be found in CURE website at, which aims to consolidate the available knowledge resources on heirloom rice along the value chain. This special section includes news and events, resources/downloadable materials, and a directory.
Other media sources
IFAD Asia portal
IFAD ASIA PORTAL. CURE also enhances its visibility on the web via IFAD Asia portal (http://asia.ifad.org/web/cure). News stories and events that are posted in CURE website are mirrored in IFAD’s website to reach greater audience.
FACEBOOK. CURE posts updates through Facebook (www.facebook. com/cure.irri). We share news, stories and events as they happen to ensure an up-to-date delivery of information.
The author is the site editor of CURE website and IFAD Asia portal. He also works as socioeconomist and data management specialist of CURE.
This article is printed in CURE Matters Vol. 5 No. 1 May 2015. Page 25-26.
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