Rice Production in Niger


General information

  • GNI per capita at PPP$, 2011: 720
  • Internal renewable water resources, 2011: 3.5 km3/year
  • Incoming water flow, 2011: 30.2 km3/year
  • Main food consumed, 2009: millet and sorghum, milk, vegetables, pulses, meat
  • Rice consumption, 2009: 8.3 kg milled rice per person per year

Production seasons




Deepwater rice
Other rice, main

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

Niger is one of the larger Central African countries, with an area of 1.27 million km2. Landlocked, it consists mainly of a plateau. The Sahara Desert occupies the northern parts and there is savanna in the south where crops such as rice are grown. Nearly all (90%) of the workforce in the population of 16.1 million (2011) is rural, engaged in subsistence agriculture, which makes up 39.7% of GDP. Arable land made up 11.8% of total land area in 2009.

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

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