IWU recently received a $100,000 grant from the Freeman Asia Foundation to support summer internships in Asia. One of the available internships includes doing research at the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) in the Philippines.
Did you know that there are more than 40,000 varieties of rice that grow across every continent except on Antarctica? Rice is the second most widely grown and consumed grain in the world—only corn, or maize, is produced more (but corn is mostly grown for purposes other than human consumption).
In Chinese and Japanese, the words for “rice” also mean “food” or “meal”, and rice has long been a symbol of fertility, which is why it is thrown at weddings.