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Higher-yielding Rice Could Ease Threat of Hunger for Poor - Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Global consortium of scientists developing rice that would boost yields by up to 50% for smallholder farmers in Africa and Asia

Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
206-709-3400

Los Baños, Philippines -- An ambitious project to re-engineer photosynthesis in rice, led by the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) through a global consortium of scientists, has received a grant of US$11 million over 3 years from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. As a result of research being conducted by this group, rice plants that can produce 50% more grain using less fertilizer and less water are a step closer to reality.

To read the full press release, visit the IRRI web site.

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