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Rice Consumption by Country 2024

Country
Rice Consumption Per Capita
Bangladesh257
Cambodia249
Laos241
Vietnam204
Philippines190
Myanmar189
Indonesia185
Sri Lanka182
Bhutan169
Thailand168

Rice is a dietary staple in most countries. However, it is actually part of the grass family. Asian rice, Oryza sativa, and African rice, O. glaberrima are the most common. Wild rice, from one of the four genera of Zizania, is also referred to as undomesticated rice.

Initially domesticated in the Yangtze River basin in China 13,500 years ago, rice is plentiful across Asia and Africa. A cereal grain, rice is a tropical crop growing in both dry and wet seasons. The typical method of cultivating rice is to flood a planted field, commonly known as a rice patty. This waters and protects the plant from vermin and disease.

The plant itself has a long, wind-pollinated greenish-yellow stem. The flower's seeds are the edible cereal. Rice is classified by grain length as long, medium, or short. Rice contains water, protein, carbohydrates, minerals, and a small fat percentage. The grain's nutrients vary by type - wild, white, brown, red, purple, or black.

This versatile grain ranks third in worldwide production, following sugarcane and maize. However, it is an essential world commodity for basic nutrition and calories. Global rice consumption continues to increase - surpassing roughly 520 million metric tons. According to the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization, over 50% of the world's population relies on rice in their daily diet - providing roughly 20% of the world's calories.

Rice is cooked by boiling or steaming. Arabian dishes use rice in soups and with fish, poultry, or lamb. Rice is also the main ingredient in a porridge known as congee.

Bangladesh tops the region in rice consumption at 257.48 kg per person consumed annually. This rice diet stems from a long-standing tradition regional and cultural tradition.

Other countries that consume large quantities of rice annually include Cambodia - 249.30 kg per person per year, and Laos - 241.35 kg. Vietnam is the fourth-highest consumer of rice products at 204.16 kilograms per person.

The countries with the next highest rice consumption per capita are the Philippines 190.31 kg, Myanmar 188.83 kg, and the peoples of Sri Lanka 181.67 kg. Rounding out the top ten list of countries that have a rice-centric diet are Bhutan 168.91 kg and Thailand 168.22 kg. In comparison, Americans consume only 12.2 kg per person yearly. Serbia consumes the least amount of rice annually at 1.2 kg per person.

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Country
Rice Consumption Per Capita (kg/year)
Rice Consumption Total (1000 tons)
Bangladesh25742,403
Cambodia2494,168
Laos2411,756
Vietnam20419,872
Philippines19020,855
Myanmar18910,274
Indonesia18550,505
Sri Lanka1823,890
Bhutan169130
Thailand16811,742
Sierra Leone1581,259
Guinea1552,039
Madagascar1443,986
Guinea Bissau140276
Nepal1384,024
China127186,722
Panama125541
Timor Leste124164
Ivory Coast1153,044
Senegal1151,931
Liberia110559
Malaysia1063,427
Suriname10461
India102140,617
Qatar102293
North Korea1002,569
Comoros9885
Guyana9877
Gambia95230
South Korea854,378
Haiti85965
Benin841,015
Micronesia799
Solomon Islands7753
Cuba77867
Peru762,497
Nicaragua76501
Dominican Republic75815
Cape Verde7542
Mali731,478
Mauritania73339
Kiribati739
Japan739,178
Macau7046
Costa Rica70355
Taiwan671,592
Bahrain66113
Fiji6659
Ghana662,042
Vanuatu6018
Ecuador591,048
Hong Kong59444
Mauritius5873
Maldives5731
Samoa5711
Saudi Arabia561,954
Colombia542,765
Djibouti5353
Kuwait52223
Iraq501,741
Venezuela501,425
Egypt484,929
Gabon47105
Oman47238
Seychelles475
Tanzania442,600
Sao Tome and Principe439
Bolivia42491
Cameroon421,114
Nigeria428,628
Papua New Guinea40357
Iran383,198
Mozambique371,171
Brazil377,891
Eswatini3742
French Polynesia3610
Jamaica35103
Niger35839
Belize3113
Yemen31928
United Arab Emirates28273
Saint Kitts and Nevis261
Togo24199
Burkina Faso23479
Honduras22217
Kenya221,162
Turkmenistan21130
Angola21699
New Caledonia216
Nauru21
South Africa201,198
Libya20137
Bahamas208
Jordan20200
Portugal19197
El Salvador19124
Trinidad and Tobago1927
Afghanistan19739
Israel17150
Turkey171,413
Tajikistan16152
Rwanda16207
DR Congo161,423
Republic of the Congo1687
Canada16595
Barbados164
Botswana1536
Lebanon15105
Uruguay1450
Australia14348
Chad14224
Chile13256
Antigua and Barbuda131
Guatemala13228
Argentina13567
Saint Lucia122
New Zealand1258
Grenada121
Pakistan122,634
United States123,821
Albania1131
Spain11507
Belgium11124
Kazakhstan10192
Uganda10451
Uzbekistan9315
France9610
Mexico91,159
United Kingdom9602
Dominica91
Burundi9102
Greece989
Russia81,191
Namibia820
Italy8481
Czech Republic882
Mongolia825
Kyrgyzstan747
Hungary769
Sweden769
Syria6111
Malta63
Austria655
Cyprus67
Luxembourg64
Germany6502
Saint Vincent and the Grenadines61
Azerbaijan660
Norway631
Paraguay539
Finland530
Ethiopia5599
Central African Republic525
Malawi598
Denmark528
Ukraine5213
Romania593
Bulgaria533
Algeria5209
Iceland52
Ireland422
Netherlands470
Lithuania410
Bosnia and Herzegovina412
Armenia411
Moldova414
South Sudan439
Slovenia37
Sudan3151
North Macedonia37
Lesotho37
Morocco3120
Latvia36
Estonia34
Croatia312
Belarus327
Switzerland324
Poland3105
Montenegro32
Slovakia314
Georgia310
Zambia243
Zimbabwe227
Tunisia220
Serbia111
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Which country eats the most rice?

People in Bangladesh eat the most rice in the world. They consume more than anyone else, 257.48 kg per year per capita.

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