The death of agronomist Yuan Longping on Saturday sparked mourning, gratitude and remembrance in China and across the world.
Yuan, dubbed the "father of hybrid rice," died of multiple-organ failure in Changsha, capital of Central China's Hunan Province. He was 91.
"Today we mourn the passing of a true food hero," the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs tweeted on Saturday.
Yuan's health deteriorated after a fall in March at the Sanya Hybrid Rice Research Base in South China’s Hainan Province, according to media reports. He was transferred to a hospital in Changsha on April 7.
In this video, an excerpt from the 2009 film Yuan Longping, Yuan shares insights into his life's work: developing higher-yield rice varieties to feed people around the world.
"Hybrid rice technology not only belongs to China, but also to the whole world," he says. "As long as my life is going on, I'll never stop pursuing and dreaming for super hybrid of rice."
(Produced by Huang Jingjing, Wei Hao and Liu Tongshan)