1st International Rice Congress

IRC2002 was held 16-20 September 2002 in Beijing, China. Chinese President Jiang Zemin opened the congress with a speech emphasizing the importance of international collaboration in agricultural research and committing China to a leading role. It attracted more than 1,000 delegates from 20 countries. The First-ever International Roundtable on Rice was part of the 4-day event. The proceedings were dedicated to Gurdev Khush, whose work with many collaborators has provided more rice for millions.