Priorities for rice research - introduction; recent developments in the Asian rice economy - challenges for rice research, Mahabub Hossain; rice ecosystems analysis for research prioritization, V. Pal Singh and Dennis Garrity; prospects and approaches to increasing the genetic yield of rice, G.S. Khush; the economic principles of research resource allocation, R.E. Evenson; priority setting methods, R.E. Evenson; prioritizing the rice research agenda for Eastern India, David A. Widawsky and John C. O'Toole; yield gaps, production losses and priority research problem areas in West Bengal, India, N.K. Saha et al; constraints to higher rice yields in different rice production environments and prioritization for rice research in Southern India, C. Ramasamy; rice production constraints in China, Justin Yifu Lin and Minggao Shen; rice production constraints in Bangladesh - implications for further research priorities, Madan Mohan Dey et al; rice research in Nepal - current state and future priorities, Hari K. Upadhyaya; rice research priorities in Thailand, Suthad Setboonsarng; constraints to growth in rice production in the Philippines, Mahabub Hassain et al; rice production losses from pests in Indonesia, Tumari Jatileksono; technical issues in using crop loss data for research prioritization, P.S. Teng and I.M. Revilla; yield loss due to drought, cold and submergence in Asia, Madan Mohan Dey and Hari K. Upadhyaya; inter-country comparison of insect and disease losses, C. Ramasamy and T. Jatileksono; priorities for weed science research, Keith Moody; the economic impact of rice blast disease in China, Minggao Shen and Justin Yifu Lin; an application of priority setting methods to the rice biotechnology programme, R.E. Evenson; rice research priorities - an application, R.E. Evenson et al; summary, conclusions and implications, Robert W. Herdt.