Pol Pot's Contribution to Solving the World Food Problem.    Irrigation canals built by the Khmer Rouge in Cambodia are being refurbished to boost rice production.  "Mr. Ang Mongkol is leading an experimental project that uses water from the canal to irrigate fields of hybrid rice varieties that promise to yield four times as much as the variety traditionally grown here. Because only about 20 percent of Cambodia’s fields are irrigated, its rice farmers harvest on average half of Vietnam’s yields and one-third of China’s."

posted December 5, 2008 at 6:30 a.m.