Rice is the most economically important food crop in the world. Rice is the basic staple food for about one-half of the world’s population and provides over 20 percent of the global calorie intake. Asia accounts for more than 80 percent of global rice production and 75 percent of global consumption, and 70 percent of exports.

China, India, Indonesia, Bangladesh, Viet Nam, Thailand and Myanmar were the top seven rice-producing countries.

Spatial distribution of global rice production area