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Asia works on regional rice strategy to address changing conditions

Rice market still weak but demand high for other cereal grains for animal feed.

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  • Writer: Achara Ashayagachat
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As Asia will remain a major rice supplier, a regional rice strategy is emerging to improve production efficiency while addressing climate change issues as well as reducing post-harvest losses. 

Rice exports from Asia continue to increase in line with rising demand from markets in Africa and the Middle East where people are eating more rice as incomes improve, according to Hiroyuki Konuma, assistant director-general and regional representative for Asia and the Pacific with the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO).

The FAO, in collaboration with the World Bank and the Asian Development Bank, has been developing a regional rice strategy as requested by 46 member countries in Asia Pacific.

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