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A vendor scooping rice in the marketplace in the Philippines. (Photo: IRRI) Approximately 70% of the world’s 1.3 billion poor people live in Asia, where rice is the staple food. To some extent, this reflects Asia’s large population, but even in relative terms malnutrition appears to affect a substantially...

(Photo: IRRI) In the years following World War II, there was growing concern about the food problem in Asia. The population was growing at close to 3%...

(Photo: IRRI) The first Green Revolution substantially increased rice production in the Philippines, using a package of new seeds, fertilizer and irrigation....