The Golden Rice humanitarian project has been recognized in the top 10 biotech projects, as one of the most influential projects of the past 50 years by Project Management Institute (PMI) in its 2019 Most Influential Projects list. Golden Rice is the only plant-based biotech project listed, although it shares its health applications with the other nine in the list.

The purpose of the Most Influential Projects list is to raise awareness of the positive impact that project work has had on the world. More than 1,000 projects were considered by a group 400 leaders in the global project management community, including PMI chapter leaders and members, as well as academics and industry experts to determine the list of the Top 50 Most Influential Projects. Additionally, PMI has released lists of the top 10 most influential projects across 14 categories in a variety of regions and industries, including a broadly-based biotechnology category.

In 2000, the technology behind Golden Rice was donated by its inventors Ingo Potrykus and Peter Beyer to assist the resource poor of the world. Golden Rice is an additional intervention and a disruptive technology for use against vitamin A deficiency, a major public health issue and the most significant cause of child mortality and blindness globally. Currently, Golden Rice is registered as safe in Australia, Canada, New Zealand, and the United States.

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