More than three billion people eat rice every day, the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) has said.
The Deputy Director-General of Climate and Natural Resources at FAO, Maria Semedo, said the agency was concerned about global rice production and eradicating hunger around the world.
“With over three billion people across the globe eating rice every day, rice is critical to global food security,” Semedo said.
Accordingly, the UN agriculture agency has taken steps to help rice farmers bolster production.
The UN agency said it has teamed up with an international research institute to enhance rice farming and make it more adaptable to climate change.
FAO announced that it would work with the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) to support sustainable rice production in developing countries to improve food security and livelihoods, while also safeguarding natural resources.