Guyana and IICA Develop Biofortified Rice

Guyana and IICA Develop Biofortified Rice

Guyana and IICA are developing the first biofortified rice in the Caribbean region, which provides a high nutritional value and will be a key contribution to food security in the country and the rest of the Caribbean.

During Dr. Manuel Otero’s visit to Georgetown, both Minister Mustapha and President Ali congratulated IICA for its contribution to this development, which strengthens the position of Guyana, a country that is making an effort to grow and sustain its agriculture and intends to be self-sufficient in commodities such as corn and soybeans by 2026.

After more than three years of joint scientific research and experimentation, the Government of Guyana and the Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture (IICA) have developed the region’s first biofortified rice variety, which is an extremely important contribution to the country’s food and nutrition security and can be extended to the entire Caribbean region.

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