Rice Production in Egypt
Write-up taken from the IRRI’s Rice Almanac (2013):
Egypt, a large nation of 1 million km2, mainly consisting of desert, is located in the northeastern corner of Africa. It has a fast-growing population, 82.5 million in 2011, almost all of whom live along the Nile River. The Nile’s waters are used extensively to irrigate crops such as rice, which is grown in the summer on about 600,000 ha, mainly in the northern delta. Arable land was 2.9% of the total area in 2009. A quarter of the workforce is involved in agriculture, which makes up 14% (2011) of GDP.
Source: FAOSTAT database online and AQUASTAT database online, as of November 2012.