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  • Rice is a type of grass (genus Oryza) that belongs to a family of plants that includes other cereals such as
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    Rice as a plant

  • Rice is the most important human food crop in the world, directly feeding more people than any other crop. In 2012,
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    Rice as a crop

  • Cultivating rice is the – and source of income – for millions of households around the globe. Rice is grown in more than
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    Rice as commodity

  • Rice is the most important food crop of the developing world and the staple food of more than half of the
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    Rice as food

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    Challenges

    For every one billion people added to the world’s population, 100 million more tons of rice need to be produced each year. But the challenges facing rice production are great. Read More
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    Culture

    Rice is a central part of many cultures – some countries even credit rice cultivation with the development of their civilization. It is remarkable that almost every culture has its own way of harvesting, processing and eating rice and these different traditions are, in fact, part of the world's cultural heritage. Read More
  • Rice around the world

    Rice around the world

    Following are detailed descriptions of selected rice-producing countries in rice regions (Asia, Latin America and the Caribbean [LAC], Africa, North America, and Europe). Of the top 10 countries in the world during 2005-09, nine are in Asia, in order: China, India, Indonesia, Bangladesh, Vietnam, Myanmar, Thailand, Philippines, and Japan. Completing the top 10 Asian countries is Cambodia. Read More

 

 

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uzbekistan

General information

  • GNI per capita at PPP$, 2011: 3,420
  • Internal renewable water resources, 2011: 16.3 km3/year
  • Incoming water flow, 2011: 32.5 km3/year
  • Main food consumed, 2009: vegetables including oils, wheat, milk, fruits, potatoes, meat
  • Rice consumption, 2009: 4.9 kg milled rice per person per year

Production season

 

Planting

Harvesting

Main
Apr-May
Aug-Sep


Write-up taken from the IRRI's Rice Almanac (2013):


Uzbekistan, between Kazakhstan and Turkmenistan in Central Asia, has a population of 27.8 million (2011) in an area of 447,400 km2 that is mostly desert in an arid climate. The country also has borders with Afghanistan, Kyrgyzstan, and Tajikistan. In the west, it borders the Aral Sea, which has been drying up due to overuse of inflowing river water for irrigation of crops in river valleys. Agriculture, mainly of cotton, occupies 10% of the land, occupies a fifth of the workforce, and contributes 18.9% to GDP. Rice, however, is an important part of the Uzbek diet. Rice is grown in summer under flood irrigation mostly in rotation with winter wheat.

Source: FAOSTAT database online and AQUASTAT database online, as of November 2012.




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turkmenistan

General information

  • GNI per capita at PPP$, 2011: 8,690
  • Internal renewable water resources, 2011: 1.4 km3/year
  • Incoming water flow, 2011: 23.4 km3/year
  • Main food consumed, 2009: wheat, milk, vegetables including oils , meat, potatoes, grapes, onions
  • Rice consumption, 2009: 13 kg milled rice per person per year

Production season

 

Planting

Harvesting

Main
Apr-May
Aug-Sep


Write-up taken from the IRRI's Rice Almanac (2013):


Turkmenistan in Central Asia lies between Uzbekistan and Kazakhstan to the north and Iran and Afghanistan to the south; the Caspian Sea forms its western side. About 80% is desert with a tropical arid climate. Arable land, 3.9% of the country’s area of 488,100 km2, is along river valleys and almost all irrigated. Agriculture accounts for 14.6% of GDP and employs 30% of the population of 5.1 million (2011). Cotton and wheat are the major commodities; rice is a minor crop.

Source: FAOSTAT database online and AQUASTAT database online, as of November 2012.
www.waterfootprint.org/Reports/Report41-WaterFootprintCentralAsia.pdf.




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timor-leste

General information

  • GNI per capita at PPP$, 2010: 5,210
  • Internal renewable water resources, 2011: 8.2 km3/year
  • Incoming water flow, 2011: 0 km3/year
  • Main food consumed, 2009: maize, rice, starchy roots, meat, vegetables including oils, fruits, wheat, milk
  • Rice consumption, 2009: 67.3 kg milled rice per person per year

Production seasons

 

Planting

Harvesting

Main
Dec-Jan
May-Jul
Off
Apr-Jun
Aug-Dec


Write-up taken from the IRRI's Rice Almanac (2013):


Timor-Leste is a tiny (14,874 km2) new country (independence in 2002) at the eastern end of Indonesia, where it occupies two parts of the island of Timor and two small islands between the Timor Sea to the south and the Banda Sea to the north. Eleven percent of the land area is arable. The land is mountainous, some parts rugged, and the climate is hot humid tropical, with marked wet (December-March) and dry (June-September) seasons. Although the country receives substantial oil revenue, the population of 1.15 million is still largely rural, with agriculture making up 25.6% of GDP and occupying 80% of the workforce. Maize and rice are the main crops.

Source: FAOSTAT database online and AQUASTAT database online, as of November 2012.




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