Rice is, arguably, the world’s most important food crop. In spite of this prominence, the private sector for many years concentrated only on developing rice crop protection products such as herbicides and insecticides. There was little investment in improving rice varieties, and low participation in the crop seed  business. In the mid-1990s, however, several agricultural...

(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%...