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Farmers have, over thousands of years, cultivated some 140,000 rice varieties but today, only a handful of hybrid breeds are planted.
It was a song about the tears of trees but it brought tears to the eyes of the listeners instead.
It is a remarkable achievement that China, with only 7% of the world's arable land, is able to feed its 1.3 billion people - a quarter of the global population.
Malaysia has achieved much success in improving the livelihood of the rural poor and in promoting sustainable use of forest resources, said a UN Development Programme (UNDP) representative in Miri.
UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - U.N. negotiators failed to agree on Thursday on a measure banning a fishing practice known as high-seas bottom trawling that environmentalists say chews up the ocean floor and depletes fish stocks.
BEIJING (Reuters) - China has killed more than 5,000 ducks which farmers fed with a dye to make their eggs look redder and fresher, state media said on Friday as the country tackles the latest in a series of food safety scares.
UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - North Korea's tests of unconventional weapons have contributed to a reduction of badly needed food aid, with international donors thinking twice about supplying goods, a U.N. envoy said on Monday.