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(Photo: Adam Barclay) In 2008, the Saudi Binladin Group began negotiations with the Indonesian government to invest US$4.3 billion in 1.6 million hectares in Papua Province, primarily to grow basmati rice for export back to Saudi Arabia. In the same year, China negotiated to lease more than 1 million...

Imported and local rice at a market in Cotonou in the Republic of Benin. (Image collection of IRRI) Global rice prices started moving upward in November...

Rice vendors in a market in Cambodia.(Image collection of IRR) For the first time since the crisis in late 2007, new uncertainties plague the global...

(Photos: IRRI) The first World Rice Conference organized by The Rice Trader in Mactan, Cebu, Philippines,  on 27-29 October 2009 featured extensive...

The global financial crisis may have slowed the consumption of various commodities, but Asian demand for grains (as food and feed) remains strong. The first World Grains Trade Summit held on 17 to 18 February 2009, organized by the Centre for Management Technology in Singapore, reported that demand for 2009 will largely come from Asia. As the world continues to recover...

Lien Dai of the Vietnam Food Association (left) with V. Subramanian. (Photo: The Rice Trader) Sustained price volatility” was the conclusion at the...

In many developing countries, women are the primary managers and users of natural resources. Poor rural women play important roles in rice-based farming...

“WORKING WOMEN in rice mill” is the title of the photo of two Bangladeshi women processing rice in a locally-made oven. The photo won 3rd prize in...