Rice Production in Panama
Write-up taken from the IRRI’s Rice Almanac (2013):
Panama, facing both the Pacific Ocean and Caribbean Sea in Central America, is bordered by Colombia and Costa Rica. It is a small country of 75,420 km2, with a population of 3.6 million (2011). Its climate is hot, humid tropical, with most of the land occupied by mountains and upland plains, and coastal plains; only 7.4% is arable. Much of the economy is built around the Panama Canal. Agriculture contributes 4% of GDP, undertaken by 16% of the workforce. Rice is the second largest crop after bananas.
Source: FAOSTAT database online and AQUASTAT database online, as of November 2012.