The International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) and its national research partners have developed Golden Rice to complement existing interventions to address vitamin A deficiency (VAD). VAD is a serious public health problem affecting millions of children and pregnant women globally.
In the south and southeast Asian countries, where two-thirds or more of daily caloric intake is obtained from rice, Golden Rice can help in the fight against VAD, particularly among the people who depend mostly on rice for nourishment.
Golden Rice is a new type of rice that contains beta-carotene which is converted to vitamin A as needed by the body and gives the grain its golden color. It is developed through genetic engineering and can be grown just like ordinary rice.
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