Monday, 18 January 2021

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#SDGKitchen, Rice and SDGs

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This week's #SDGKitchen is a throwback to 2004 and the International Year of Rice that heightened awareness of the role of rice in alleviating poverty and malnutrition and reaffirming the need to focus world attention on the role it could play in attaining the then MDGs, now the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Did you know for instance that rice is the world’s most important food crop and it will continue to be so in the coming decades? Or that it is a staple food for over half the world’s population, providing 27% of the calories in the world’s low- and middle-income countries?

Rice has a major role to play in achieving the SDGs by helping to address 9 of the 17 goals and 26 of the 169 targets.

  • reducing poverty and hunger,
  • improving human health and nutrition,
  • adapting to climate change and reduced greenhouse gas emissions,
  • promoting women’s empowerment and youth mobilization,
  • reducing rice’s environmental footprint, and
  • enhancing the climate resilience of rice-based farming systems.

You can learn more about Rice and its role in achieving #ZeroHunger and the #GlobalGoals on CGIAR's website, here and in this report.

CGIAR is a global partnership that unites organizations engaged in research for a food-secure future:


Lemon flavoured Rice -

SDGKitchen 4 rice recipe


  • 1 cup basmati rice
  • 1 tbsp coconut oil
  • 1/2 lemon zested
  • Pinch of dried basil and oregano
  • 350ml vegetable stock
  • Juice 1/2 lemon
  • Fresh coriander to garnish


  • Put aside lemon juice, a pinch of zest and coriander.
  • Rinse and combine all the other ingredients in a rice cooker (or in a pot and follow instructions on the package, adjust stock as necessary).
  • After cooking stir in the lemon juice, sprinkle the zest and garnish with fresh coriander.


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