The Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) and the Department of Biotechnology (DBT) are in negotiations to utilise the vitamin A enriched Golden Rice technology in India. Half the world's population of people suffering from micro-nutrient deficiency live in India. Around 230m children around the world suffer with vitamin A deficiency, which can lead to learning disability and blindness. In India alone 3.5 lakh schoolchildren become partially or totally blind every year.