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NZZ Online, Switzerland
TICINO FARMER GOES FOR THE EXOTIC
10 DECEMBER 2004. To mark the International Year of Rice, swissinfo visited a farmer in Ascona to find out about rice growing, Swiss style. Ticino's Mediterranean climate - it lies south of the Alps and is the country's sunniest canton - has proved to be ideal for rice cultivation. The grain has also been a salvation for the canton's struggling farmers...


Reuters, UK
AUSTRALIA COOKS UP WORLD RECORD RISOTTO
26 NOVEMBER 2004. To celebrate the International Year of Rice, Australian aid workers and celebrity chefs have created a record 7.5-tonne bowl of risotto. Volunteers used oar-size paddles to stir tonnes of ingredients in a custom-made pan to cook a monster dish of rice, peas and saffron...


Viet Nam News, Viet Nam
IN VIET NAM, RICE IS THE WEB OF LIFE
21 NOVEMBER 2004. It is befitting that the United Nations has declared 2004 the International Year of Rice. This decision greatly interests Viet Nam, where 80 per cent of the population lives in rural areas and essentially survives on rice farming....


Jakarta Post, Indonesia
WORLD FOOD DAY TO CELEBRATE RICE
13 OCTOBER. Rice is the most important staple crop for more than 50 percent of world's population and this year's World Food Day on Oct. 16 will highlight how researchers are continuing to develop new, more nutritious rice strains. As more of the earth's population discover rice, it is imperative that new rice strains keep up with the demand that rice provide adequate nutrition.


Miami Herald, USA
THAI RICE FAR FROM PLAIN GRAIN
30 SEPTEMBER. You may have missed the cooking contests, fairs and rock-for-rice concerts, but it's not too late to celebrate 2004 as the International Year of Rice. It's not a gimmick to make you eat more rice, but if learning more about the grain that feeds half the world's population leads you to consume more, that's fine, too.


Ghanaian Chronicle, Ghana
GHANA TO HOST RICE CELEBRATION
15 SEPTEMBER. Ghana will host this year’s Pan-African International Year of Rice (IYR) celebration slated for September 26 to October 1. The celebration was a result of the United Nations declaration of 2004 as an International Year of Rice for the success achieved in the discovery of NERICA (the New Rice for Africa).


Globe and Mail, Canada
IS RICE THE NEW FINE WINE?
5 JUNE 2004. Not only has the UN declared this the International Year of Rice, but the humble grain itself appears poised to take centre stage as the next peasant food to get the gourmet treatment. In Manhattan, downtown hipsters lunch at an Asian-style café with a menu centred around esoteric rice options. For dessert, they line up around the corner at a futurist food parlour that serves up nothing but 20 flavours of rice pudding...


Daily Inquirer, Philippines
PHILIPPINES TOUTED AS TOP RICE PRODUCER
3 JUNE 2004. The Philippine government's massive propagation of the hybrid rice known as "Gloria rice" has spawned a rice revolution in the countryside and caught the interest of major rice importing countries, especially after the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) declared the year 2004 as the International Year of Rice.


Daily Star, Bangladesh
PRODUCING RICE IN SUSTAINABLE WAY
19 JUNE 2004. Many countries have formed national committees for the International Year of Rice and they will serve as the dynamic link between international vision and practical realities in the local people's lives.


All-Africa, Mauritius
NERICA RICE BOOM
10 MARCH 2004. In the run-up to the International Year of Rice, a number of African countries have introduced high yielding rice developed in West Africa. It is spreading like a bush fire and on arrival in Uganda a few years back, it was embraced by hundreds of farmers. The high yielding NERICA variety of rice dubbed the African 'miracle' rice is being widely introduced in several African countries to combat hunger and rural poverty. ...


NZZ Online, Switzerland
SHOPPERS URGED TO BUY FAIR-TRADE RICE
19 FEBRUARY 2004. Swiss consumers are being asked to support rice farmers in developing countries, as part of worldwide efforts to celebrate the United Nations International Year of Rice. Campaigners called on shoppers to buy fair-trade rice during a ceremony in Basel to launch the event in Switzerland...


FoodNavigator, France
RICE IS LIFE, WARNS FAO
17 FEBRUARY 2004. Grown in 113 countries and the staple food for over half the world's population, rice is the globe’s most popular food that shapes religious festivals, customs, cuisine and celebrations. But at a conference this week dedicated to the crop, the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) warns that all is not well in the world of rice...


Xinhuanet, People's Republic of China
CHINESE EXPERT STRESSES ROLE OF TECHNOLOGY IN FOOD SECURITY
13 FEBRUARY 2004. Yuan Longping, agricultural expert and "father of hybrid rice" in China, said that increasing grain yield by way of technology is an effective way to solve the global issue of food shortage. Addressing an international grain conference at FAO headquarters, Yuan said that rice feeds more than half of the world population and therefore increasing grain yield will play an extremely important role in assuring food security and reducing the number of population in poverty...


Quote.com, Canada
RICE CONFERENCE OPENS
12 FEBRUARY 2004. Intensification of rice production in an economically and environmentally sustainable manner is essential for food security, particularly in Asia and Africa, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) said today. FAO is hosting an international conference which seeks to mobilize the international community to confront the most pressing production constraints and marketing issues facing the global rice sector...


The Korea Times, Republic of Korea
LOCAL FARMERS ALERT OVER ADDITIONAL MARKET-OPENING IN IYR
5 FEBRUARY 2004. When he announced the International Year of Rice last October, the Director General of the UN Food and Agriculture Organization, Jacques Diouf, said that sustainable rice-based production systems can help the eradication of world hunger and save people from famine. Korean farmers are worried about the global rice trade in this very meaningful year...


The Japan Times, Japan
UN OFFICIAL SEEKS HELP GETTING WORD OUT ABOUT RICE
22 JANUARY 2003. A senior official of a United Nations agency for rural development hopes Japan will play an active role in helping to increase rice production in developing countries as a way to address worldwide poverty. Dat Van Tran, senior rice agronomist for the Food and Agricultural Organization, also urged the Japanese government to make efforts to raise international awareness about the rice output shortfall in poor nations...


London Free Press, Canada
PEOPLE . . . YOU KNOW
22 JANUARY 2004. The year 2004 has been declared the International Year of Rice. Yes, that's right, rice. The United Nations has dedicated the entire year to this single crop, adopting the motto "Rice is life." Rice is the staple food of more than half the world's population and, according to the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization, the "production of rice is facing serious constraints." Hopefully, the Year of Rice will inspire global initiatives to increase the production of this important food...


The Star Ledger, USA
RICE IN DEMAND AROUND THE WORLD
21 JANUARY 2004. Over the centuries, rice has traveled westward beyond its birthplace in the Orient, manifesting itself in a multitude of pilaf-style specialties in India, the Middle East and northern Africa and an array of appetizers, side dishes, entrees, and desserts in North and South America and the Caribbean. The United Nations has christened 2004 the International Year of Rice. And although that may sound like cause for celebration, one of the reasons for the designation is to fix public attention on the worldwide shortage of this precious commodity...


The Australian, Australia
A MOVING FEAST
17 JANUARY 2004. One of my daughters is the self-proclaimed queen of risotto. Her praises are sung when it comes to rice with fungi, various cheeses, asparagus and so forth. (...) Funnily enough, 2004 is the International Year of Rice. Billions of people, especially in poor countries, rely on rice as their staple foodstuff and we need be vigilant to ensure that crops don't fail, that there is quality control. Foodwise, rice is a protected species...


Bangkok Post, Thailand
IN APPRECIATION OF THE 'YEAR OF RICE'
15 JANUARY 2003. The designation of an International Year to a single crop is unprecedented, but rice is a unique plant. It flourishes in desert, hot, humid, flooded, dry and cool conditions, and it grows in saline, alkaline and acidic soils. It has religious significance, being given as an offering to monks, it plays a role in weddings, it has songs written about it and it appears in art. The Year of Rice will help to draw attention to the importance of this product and its diversity. And its role in feeding so much of the world...


Viet Nam News Agency, Viet Nam
ASEAN RESPONDS TO INTERNATIONAL YEAR OF RICE
14 JANUARY 2004. Representatives of the ASEAN countries, China, Japan and Republic of Korea gathered in Jakarta on Tuesday in response to the International Year of Rice (IYR). Addressing the event, Indonesia's Minister of Agriculture Bungaran Saragih emphasized the key role of rice in food security, poverty alleviation, cultural heritage preservation and sustainable development. He also called on ASEAN members to participate more actively in various activities to be launched in 2004...