ISLAMABAD : The Asian countries can help avoid world rice price shocks by reducing export restrictions, placing less emphasis on self-sufficiency, retooling Thailand's rice pledging programme, and expanding coordinated rice policies with India and Pakistan. According to a working paper from the ADB,"so far, the rice market appears to be holding steady and current production estimates suggest that overall prices will remain stable, which is good news in a time of worry over the global corn, wheat, and soybean markets," said Lourdes Adriano.