International Year of Rice (2004)

    Noting that rice is the staple food of more than half of the world's population, the Assembly, on 16 December 2002, declared 2004 the International Year of Rice (resolution 57/162). In doing so, the Assembly affirmed the need to heighten awareness of the role of rice in alleviating poverty and malnutrition and reaffirmed the need to focus world attention on the role it can play in attaining internationally agreed development goals, including those contained in the Millennium Declaration.

    Photo credit: Renate HenkeThe Assembly invited the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations to facilitate the implementation of the Year, in collaboration with governments, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research Centres and other relevant United Nations and non-governmental organizations.

    Press Release:

    United Nations Launches International Year of Rice; Symbol of Cultural Identity and Global Unity

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