Increasing food security

Rice is the most important human food, eaten by more than half of the world’s population everyday. In Asia, where 90% of rice is consumed, ensuring there is enough affordable rice for everyone, or rice security, is equivalent to food security. In Africa and Latin America, rice is becoming a more important staple too. Much of IRRI’s work is around helping increase rice production to ensure food security - particularly for those people most at risk of not getting enough food.

Food security is also recognized as being more than just providing people with enough calories to live on, but ensuring people have enough nutrients for optimal health too. IRRI is working on developing healthier rice varieties to help those who mostly depend on rice can get more nutrients into their diet to reduce malnutrition.

This is what food security is all about. Learn more about IRRI’s success stories on increasing food security: