International Year of Rice

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FAO Calendar 2004 Bronze Obverse
FAO Calendar 2004 Bronze Reverse

The year 2004 was declared the International Year of Rice by the United Nations, noting that rice is a staple food for more than half the world's population, and affirming the need to heighten awareness of the role of rice in alleviating poverty and malnutrition.[1]

This is one of many International observances declared for specific days, months and years. The year 2008 was declared the International Year of the Potato.


  1. ^ United Nations General Assembly Session 57 Resolution 162. International Year of Rice, 2004 A/RES/57/162 page 1. 16 December 2002. Retrieved 2007-11-18.

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