"IRRI had the pleasure of hosting John Dyer as our artist in residence for the United Nations’ International Year of Rice. John produced a series of paintings that interpreted the relationships among people, the rice plant and the rice ecosystem."
Duncan Macintosh Development Director for the International Rice Research Institute, Philippines. 2004
Undeterred by his experience in Costa Rica in 2003, from which he soon recovered, by the following year John was more than ready for another expedition, this time to record the rice harvest in the Philippines for IRRI (the International Rice Research Institute) during the United Nations’ International Year of Rice. The UN’s Director-General of its Food and Agriculture Organisation warned that while ‘rice is the staple food for over half of the world’s population, its production is facing serious constraints’ due to climate change and destruction of habitats. The previous autumn, John had done a painting, Rice and Hope , in the Humid Tropics Biome highlighting the importance of rice, at the request of the charity Save the Children UK to help launch their ‘Beat Poverty’ campaign. Everyone who signed up to support ‘Beat Poverty’ on that day at Eden was included in the painting, which was reproduced as a limited edition print and sold to raise money and awareness for the campaign.
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