The Great Rice Robbery

This handbook is a compilation of researches, written on a range of perspectives by authors regarding the role played by IRRI on the transformation that took place in Asian rice agriculture in nearly over 50 years. The objective of compiling these materials is to provide rural development workers, participants in the struggles for food sovereignty, and farmers across Asia- with substantive information and incisive analysis on the role of IRRI in the rice agricultural transformation that began to take place in Asia in the 60s- acclaimed as poverty-lifting by the United Nations' FAO and agro-chemical corporations-- indicted as cataclysmic by farmers worldwide in its wake. It is hoped that this could help better understand the issues that continue to be confronted today in Asian agriculture, particularly on the defense and protection of this invaluable staple food crop that braces the survival, sustenance and culture of Asian peoples.


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