Rice Production in Chile


General information

  • GNI per capita at PPP$, 2011: 16,330
  • Internal renewable water resources, 2011: 884 km3/year
  • Incoming water flow, 2011: 38 km3/year
  • Main food consumed, 2009: wheat, milk, vegetables, meat, fruits, beverages (fermented), potatoes, sugar
  • Rice consumption, 2009: 9.3 kg milled rice per person per year

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


Chile occupies a 6,435-km-long strip of coastal land and mountains in South America, south of Peru, bordering Argentina and Bolivia in the east. The population of 17.3 million (2011) is unevenly distributed over a total area of 756,090 km2; only 1.7% is arable, including a fertile central valley. The climate is temperate and variable: arid desert in the north, Mediterranean in the central area, and cool in the southern parts. Agriculture comprises 3.4% of GDP, providing employment for 13% of the workforce in 2010.

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

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