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(Photo: Jose Raymond Panaligan) Rice and agriculture are still fundamental to the economic development of most Asian nations, not to mention their cultural and social identities. The rice industry has been a foundation of the Asian way of life for generations. In much of Asia, rice plays a central role in...

Direct-Seeded rice (right) matures 3–4 weeks earlier than transplanted rice (left), and so is more likely to avoid damaging early-season drought and...

LAO farmers tend vegetable terraces on the Nam Khan River near Luang Prabang. Improved rice production allows farmers to diversify their crops, and therefore...

The Mekong River, pictured here at Luang Prabang, Lao PDR, is central to the lives of hundreds of millions of people. (Photo: Peter Fredenburg) The...

The Alimit River winds through remote northeastern Ifugao Province, Philippines. (Photo: IRRI) In the overleaf that follows, the breathtaking bird’s-eye...

RICE TERRACES and patchwork fi elds constitute a typically stunning Yunnan vista, which now—thanks to new high-yielding rice varieties that produce more...

THE NEW blast-resistant jasmine rice shortly before harvest. (Photo: Ubon Ratchathani Rice Research Center) Rice improvement efforts supported by the International...

Combining traditional and modern breeding techniques, researchers in Korea have succeeded in the perilously difficult task of making Korean rice varieties...

A PLASTIC DRUM SEEDER holds six or eight perforated cylindrical drums housing pregerminated seeds that are dropped in rows as the seeder is easily pushed...

DROUGHT that causes rice fields to dry up also forces women to travel long distances to find drinking water. (Photo: Humnath Bhandari) The headlines don’t...