Rice Production in Costa Rica
Write-up taken from the IRRI’s Rice Almanac (2013):
Costa Rica faces both the Pacific Ocean and Caribbean Sea in Central America, between Panama and Nicaragua. It is a tiny country of 51,100 km2 and 4.7 million inhabitants (2011), and a tropical and subtropical climate with marked wet (May to November) and dry seasons. The land is divided into central mountains with active volcanoes and coastal plains. Only 4.4% of the land is arable and provides agricultural employment for 15% of the workforce, making up 7% of GDP. Rice is a minor commodity but a highly important part of the diet.
Source: FAOSTAT database as of November 2012.