The ability to perceive practical solutions to bear on complex problems, his innovativeness, diligence and persistence have helped Dr. Ramon C. Barba bring world-class modern science to empower small farmers in the Philippines and other parts of the world.
His inexpensive and easy-to-use mango flower induction technology overcame the biennial and erratic fruit-bearing characteristics of mango, thus making the mango fruit available all year round. Dr. Barba’s prolific scientific work extended to banana as well, for which his team developed the technique of micro-propagation to provide the sector with disease-free planting materials.
His technologies have had unprecedented impact on both the small farmers and the agro-processing sector, not only in the Philippines, but in other countries beyond Asia.
Dr. Barba has been conferred the Order of National Scientist by President Benigno S. Aquino III in 2014 for his significant contributions to the field of science and technology.
Plenary 2: In Quest of a Food Secure ASEAN Panel Discussion