Since it has been such an important grain worldwide, the domestication and cultivation of rice is one of the most important events in history that has had the greatest impact on the most people. It is the world’s second most important cereal crop following only corn. The vast majority of climate change impacts and the overall impact of climate change on rice production are likely to be negative. While there is still ongoing scientific exploration into climate change, forecasts suggest that by 2050 rice prices will increase between 32 and 37% as a result of climate change.
The 5th Responsible Business Forum on Food & Agriculture will convene on 26 March – 28 March 2018 featuring over 500 food, agriculture and nutrition decision makers from companies, governments, investors, NGOs and farmers, to discuss challenges and agree on scaling collaborative actions to achieve the sustainable development goals in Asia.
A few interesting facts about Rice:
- Rice is cultivated in over 100 countries and on every continent except Antarctica.
- Rice has been feeding us for 5,000 years. The first known account was in China about 2,800 BC.
- Asia alone produces and consumes 90% of the world’s rice.
- Rice is the main food for half the people in the world.
Below you will find 6 images of rice fields from all over the world: