Perhaps surprisingly, farmers do not perform most of the labor on rice farms in South and Southeast Asia. In the Philippines and on the Indonesian island of Java, for example, rice farm families work  on average less than 40 days per year on the fundamental tasks of growing rice. If both husband and wife share this labor, each averages 13 hours per month. This is good...

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...