Rice

Prism rice data: The Filipino response to food security disasters

Dateline Southeast Asia

Prism rice data: The Filipino response to food security disasters

By RJ Whitehead

Reliable information based on satellite data and ground observations can help the Philippines prepare for and mitigate the effect of recurring disasters, such as typhoons and El Niño on rice areas in Mindanao. 

Thai rice stocks could help market keep El Niño in check

Thailand

Thai rice stocks could help market keep El Niño in check

By RJ Whitehead

Current weather patterns in Southeast Asia reinforce meteorologists’ belief that a strong El Niño is already taking place, but still the rice market is indifferent, says a leading rice researcher.

The outstanding India-IRRI partnership

Guest essay

The outstanding India-IRRI partnership

By MS Swaminathan

At the time of establishing the International Rice Research Institute (Irri) in 1960, Dr Sterling Wortman of the Rockefeller Foundation seriously considered India as a potential location for the institute. However, Los Baños in Laguna, Philippines, was...

A new method for cooking rice that could slash calories by increasing levels of resistant starch may have applications for food companies using rice.

Changing how rice is cooked could cut calories

By Nathan Gray

A novel cooking and cooling process for rice could help slash the number of calories absorbed by the body by more than half by increasing levels of resistant starch, say researchers.

A typical scene in the Cambodian countryside

Insight

White gold: How the EU has been central to the rise of Cambodian rice

By Clothilde Le Coz

With its rice industry going through salad days, Cambodia is nevertheless at a crossroads. While on the international front, it is shipping more rice overseas than ever before; domestically, there is still a number issues for producers and exporters to...

No rice stock shocks yet in spite of El Niño

Analysis

No rice stock shocks yet in spite of El Niño

By Samarendu Mohanty

In spite of fears that El Niño will deliver a possible monsoon failure in India and Southeast Asia, the fate of existing rice stocks have failed to perturb the market.

A combination of saturated markets and slow population growth is putting pressure on the packaged food industry, say analysts

Sluggish growth predicted for global packaged foods markets

By Nicola Cottam

A slowdown in global packaged food markets is expected over the next five years as supply in developed countries reaches saturation point combined with insufficient opportunities elsewhere, but health and Asia offer hope.

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