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Japan Commits USD 25 million to International Rice Research

October 9, 2009

Japan has committed USD 20 million to boost efforts to develop drought-resistant and high-yielding rice varieties and an additional USD 5 million for extension training of African rice specialists, the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) said in a press release. The funding will be provided to IRRI, the Africa Rice Center, and their national partners.

"Japan's decision to substantially increase support for international rice research is coming at a crucial time for global food security, especially in the face of major threats such as climate change," said Dr. Elizabeth Woods, the chair of the IRRI Board of Trustees. "We welcome Japan's decision to increase funding and look forward to working with our many research partners in Japan to ensure enough rice for all rice consumers everywhere."

Read the press release at$25-million-to-international-rice-research.html