Reduced poverty

Rice farming is associated with poverty in many areas. About 900 million of the world’s poor depend on rice as producers or consumers. Of these 900, an approximate 400 million poor and undernourished people are engaged in growing rice.

One of the achievements of the first phase of RICE is the development of new technologies that has been adopted by 30 million poor farm households across Asia, Africa, and Latin America. This resulted in increased income from 100 to 500 USD per annum. By 2022, RICE aims to help millions of rice consumers and producers to exit poverty.

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2022 Targets

In reducing poverty, RICE aims to:

  • Help at least 13 million rice consumers and producers, half of them female, to exit poverty by 2022, and another 5 million by 2030.
  • Improve the annual genetic gain in rice (as measured in breeders’ trials) to at least 1.3% by 2022, rising to 1.7% 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.