Ballooning population growth in Asia|
Today and tomorrow
Today, rice is the staple food for nearly 3 billion people—more than 90 percent of whom are Asians. In much of Asia, rice provides 30-80 percent of the calories consumed by people. Today there is barely enough rice for everyone—and in some places, not enough.
at the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) in the Philippines and their partners around Asia are working overtime to
create rice plants that can yield 20-25 percent more than today’s best high-yielding modern varieties. They have also developed hybrid rice for the tropics, which can produce 15-20 percent more rice. These new types of rice,
combined with water-saving practices such as direct seeding, more efficient
use of fertilizer, and other technologies, should enable rice production
to outpace demand—and keep Asians fed.
Dr. Gurdev Khush