About Green Super Rice

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The variety shown in the photo was of variety CN 7001. Photo was taken in a large-area trial in Xai Xai City, Gaza Province, Mozambique. Photo taken by Haoping Luo and Tongmin Mou.

Rice is a staple food for people in Asia and in some parts of Africa (such as the sub-Saharan Africa). While an estimate of 60 million hectares (ha) of land in Asia and 7.9 million ha in sub-Saharan Africa is suitable for rice farming, rice yields in a significant portion of these areas remain low and unstable.

While the old “Green Revolution” in the 1960s has enormously improved the global crop production, and hence living conditions of many crop producers, its benefits have been mainly confined within the areas where high inputs (such as chemical fertilizer and water) are readily available. Many resources-poor farmers in sub-Saharan Africa and Asia remain living in extreme poverty.

Supported by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the Green Super Rice project aims to increase the income of resources-limited rice producers by the development and wide-adoption of GSR varieties and corresponding crop management technology.