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The Burning of the Rice

Robert J. Champion de Crespigny AC

A country devastated by the Khmer Rouge regime was a shadow of its former self. Over twenty years, half a generation of Cambodians were assisted by scientists dedicating their professional lives to the Cambodian-IRRI-Australia-Project (CIAP). The book describes how the CIAP project contributed net worth of approximately US$40million per year from 1987 to 2003. It was a remarkable achievement. The story of Phaloeun is also a wonderful example of perseverance. In 1980 at the age of 22 she returned to complete high school, and then continued on to Russia for further study. She said she thought her brain could not learn after the rule of the Pol Pot. Determination and her teachers in Russia proved otherwise. Don Puckridge's book provides a great example of the achievements possible when combining science, investment and human endeavour. Robert J. Champion de Crespigny AC, Chairman of the Economic Development Board of South Australia, former Chairman and Chief Executive of Normandy Mining and Chancellor of the University of Adelaide.
September, 2004

The Burning of the Rice

The Burning of the Rice

In April 1975 Ngak Chhay Heng and his family loaded their car with their personal possessions, pushed it 20 kilometres from Phnom Penh, discarded anything that differentiated them from peasant farmers ... Read more about “The Burning of the Rice”

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