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UN launches International Year of Rice

IYR announces Italian support

ROME, 5 July 2004 -- The International Year of Rice would like to formally announce the support of the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Italy has committed US$ 660,000 to a cooperative programme designed to promote, coordinate and implement observance of the International Year of Rice in Italy and throughout the world. The programme will enhance FAO initiatives undertaken worldwide, and raise awareness concerning the role of rice-based production systems in the fight against hunger and poverty.

The contribution will provide additional resources to those already mobilized by the National Organizing Committees of partner countries around the world.

The Italian cooperation will support research, crop management, rice projects, best practices and IYR promotional events. These activities will benefit food security in several low-income, food deficit countries.