Bangladesh is one of the most densely populated countries on earth, and suffers from severe flooding almost every year. This can be disastrous for the rice crops, which cannot survive if they stay flooded for more than 3 days. Since around two thirds of the population make their living from rice crops, a bad flood can cause many problems.
Now the International Rice Research Institute, based in Manila, has developed a strain of rice which can endure flooding for at least 10 days. This article from Al Jazeera describes how the new strain of rice can help farmers in Bangladesh.
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