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RICE IS LIFE
NEWS
The International Year of Rice (IYR) has officially ended. On behalf of all those who helped organize and coordinate IYR 2004, we extend our sincere thanks to the many governments, farmers' organizations, educational institutions, private sector enterprises and ordinary citizens who participated in this extrordinary celebration of the world's most important food crop. The success of IYR 2004 has given new impetus to efforts to develop sustainable rice-based systems that will reduce hunger and poverty, and contribute to environ-
mental conservation and a better life for present and future generations.

The IYR Secretariat

Where to now? The International Rice Commission (IRC) will continue to promote IYR objectives. Details...
Photo: Jana Marsikova
IYR MISSION
IYR 2004 promoted improved production of - and access to - this vital food crop. Read the IYR concept paper...
FAO RICE CONFERENCE
The Conference brought together 600 experts from around the world. Their findings...
PHOTO CONTEST
Photographers from 53 countries submitted entries in our Global Photography Contest. The winners...
KIDS' ART
Children sent us hundreds of paintings, drawings and sketches for our Rice art gallery. Take a look...
CALENDAR
UN agencies, governments, farmers' organizations and the private sector celebrated IYR. See the IYR calendar...