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Rice Bowl Tales
First broadcast February 2007

Bangladeshi woman in a rice field

In this special series we look into a food stuff that many of us take for granted and buy from a supermarket without much thought. We're talking about rice.

Rice Bowl Tales is a series of four programmes exploring the importance of rice to Asian economies, and how the crop contributes to a sense of national identity.

The series is a co-production between BBC World Service and ABC Radio National in Australia.

Part Three - Bangladesh

In the third programme of the series our presenter Tony Barrell, is in Bangladesh.

The green revolution of the 60s led to unprecedented growth of rice production in Bangladesh.

In this edition we examines the effects on village life and ask whether this astonishing success has been able to 'trickle down' to villagers and consumers.

We also ask how has this experience squares with Bangladesh's unparalleled history of natural disasters?


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