Rice is an important staple crop in many countries in Africa and South Asia, but productivity has remained low and some countries have had to spend precious resources importing it. China has made significant investments in rice improvement research and production over many decades. Today, it is the world's leader in rice production and can serve as a critical resource to benefit many other parts of the world.

With this in mind, we formed a partnership with the Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences to share China's significant expertise in this area. The Green Super Rice project develops rice varieties that can better withstand stresses related to climate change, drought, flooding, and diseases; require less water and fertilizer; and are specifically bred for conditions in Sub-Saharan Africa and Asia.

The project, whose partners also include the International Rice Research Institute and AfricaRice, aims to benefit at least 20 million smallholder rice farmers and boost rice productivity by 20 percent in target countries.