Reduced hunger

Rice is a staple food for some 4 billion people worldwide. It also provides 27% of the calories in low- and middle-income countries. Global demand for rice will continue to increase from 479 million tons milled rice in 2014 to a projected 536–551 million tons in 2030.

RICE and its partners have been developing technologies to increase rice production since its first phase. These efforts have resulted in an additional yield increase from 489 million tons in 2010 to 480 million tons in 2015. By 2022, RICE aims to help at least 17 million people out of hunger.

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2022 Targets

In reducing hunger, RICE aims to:

  • Assist at least 17 million people, half of them female, out of hunger by 2022, rising to 24 million by 2030.
  • Help increase annual global (milled) rice production of 479 million tons in 2014 to at least 536 million tons by 2022 and to 544 million tons by 2030.