Despite being economically damaging and nearly impossible to achieve, politicians continue to cling to a policy of rice self-sufficiency.
Even though almost impossible to achieve, the goal of national rice self-sufficiency remains deeply ingrained in Indonesia's national psyche.
Water-hungry crops like cotton and rice are still worth farming in Australia.
Crises in the Darling River have raised questions about cotton and rice farming in the Murray Darling Basin.
Rapid urbanisation is one of the reasons that Nigeria’s demand for rice is so high.
Nigeria's agricultural sector simply isn't equipped to produce the amount of rice to meet demand.
A farmer shows smaller-than-usual soybeans harvested due to drought conditions in Tallapoosa, Georgia.
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Many of the crop plants that feed us waste 20 percent of their energy, especially in hot weather. Plant geneticists prove that capturing this energy could boost crop yields by up to 40 percent.
Rice farmer in Longsheng, China.
As atmospheric carbon dioxide levels rise, rice plants produce fewer vitamins and other key nutrients. This could worsen hunger, malnutrition, child stunting and other diet-related health problems.
Mercury enters rice through local industrial activities and through burning coal.
Study finds that coal pollution in China is leading to people getting significant levels of mercury poisoning from rice.
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It was more than a storm in a teacup when the judges of UK Masterchef displayed their ignorance about South-East Asian food.
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It looks as if climate change is forcing 24,000 people to leave the Mekong Delta every year.
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Intensified rice production in Cambodia's dry season is wreaking havoc on local bird populations.
Prickly pear is a type of orphan crop.
Africa's orphan crops are under-researched and underutilised. They can be a vital tool in combating food and nutrition insecurity on the continent.
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New research questions whether claims of a 'national sex revolution' in China are actually nothing of the sort.
Negotiators appear to be giving Japan’s rice farmers short shrift.
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Japanese negotiators in Maui appear to be bending to American pressure to accept more US rice imports. The flood of grain, local farmers say, will end their way of life.
How much of the harmful arsenic does it have?
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Tests have shown that arsenic in rice often exceeds recommended daily levels, yet there are no in-food arsenic safety standards. Why not?
Puffed with a bit of poison.
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The finer points of Abenomics are not lost on this guy.
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The world doesn’t need genetically modified grains to feed the hungry - we have the food we need, but not the society.
Golden Rice has recently made international headlines following the Philippine Government’s decision to allow the plant to be released throughout its jurisdiction. Golden rice is genetically modified (GM…