Rice Production in Timor-Leste
Write-up taken from the IRRI’s Rice Almanac (2013):
Timor-Leste is a tiny (14,874 km2) new country (independence in 2002) at the eastern end of Indonesia, where it occupies two parts of the island of Timor and two small islands between the Timor Sea to the south and the Banda Sea to the north. Eleven percent of the land area is arable. The land is mountainous, some parts rugged, and the climate is hot humid tropical, with marked wet (December-March) and dry (June-September) seasons. Although the country receives substantial oil revenue, the population of 1.15 million is still largely rural, with agriculture making up 25.6% of GDP and occupying 80% of the workforce. Maize and rice are the main crops.
Source: FAOSTAT database online and AQUASTAT database online, as of November 2012.