Arcadia receives grant to develop salt-tolerant rice
In addition to on-the-ground work in Bangladesh and Indonesia, Arcadia will work alongside researchers from those countries in the company's Davis, Calif. research facilities and various field trials.
"USAID projects have had a measurable impact in the development of crops that improve food security in developing countries. Under this latest grant, our work in rice will further the USAID mission and can help growers in Bangladesh produce more food on the same amount of land," said Eric Rey, president and CEO of Arcadia. "Our efforts in Indonesia can help reduce global dependence on nitrogen fertilizer, making growers more productive using fewer resources and with a lower carbon footprint. We anticipate that farmers in developing and developed countries will be increasingly able to earn credits for reduced carbon emissions and simultaneously improve farm economics and the environment."
"We are facing the huge global challenge of feeding a world population that is expected to increase by one-third by the year 2050," said Dr. Julie Howard, USAID's Chief Scientist in the Bureau for Food Security and Senior Advisor to the Administrator on Agricultural Research, Extension and Education. "That means finding innovative ways to increase crop production on less land in an unpredictable climate. USAID is proud to work with partners like Arcadia and agricultural scientists in developing countries as we strive, together, to contribute to the growth and resilience of the food supply of tomorrow."