Rice is the staple food for more than half the world’s population. In several Asian countries, rice provides 50 to 80 percent of the energy intake of the poor.

Most of the poor in Asia suffer from hidden hunger including zinc deficiency. Zinc is involved in more body functions than any other mineral and is essential for survival.

Because of its high daily consumption in Asia, rice is an ideal staple crop to biofortify with zinc.

In the Media

BRRI releases world’s first high zinc rice, Dhaka Tribune, September 1, 2013
High zinc rice released, The Daily Star, August 27, 2013
Rice Revolution: Bangladesh Set to Release the World’s First Zinc-Enriched Variety, The Daily Star (Bangladesh), August 2013
Zinc-Enriched Rice in Two Years, Daily Star (Bangladesh), May 2011
White Rice Gets Healthier: Billions to Benefit as White Rice Gets a Boost in Nutrients, Radio Australia: Innovations, July 2010

Partner CGIAR Center: International Rice Research Institute (IRRI)

Crop Leader: Gerard Barry, g.barry@irri.org