Vitamin A deficiency is a serious public health problem affecting millions of children and pregnant women globally. Golden Rice is a new type of rice that contains beta carotene, a source of vitamin A. Golden Rice is being developed as a potential new food-based approach to improve vitamin A status.
The International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) implements its worldwide research program with knowledge that the application of advanced science, including plant biotechnology, is essential to addressing crop productivity, nutrition, and food security given ever-growing pressures of population growth, climate change, and limited agricultural land base.
Research and development continues to improve Golden Rice, which has the potential to be an important complementary intervention to address vitamin A deficiency, a condition that afflicts 250 million people worldwide. Golden Rice will be released once all necessary regulatory approvals are secured in countries where Golden Rice will be initially deployed.