Top Rice-Producing Countries

Can you name the countries that produce the most rice?
For 2019, according to FAOSTAT.
Quiz by finglehorn
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Last updated: February 22, 2021
First submittedDecember 23, 2012
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Tonnes
Country
211 m
China
178 m
India
54.6 m
Indonesia
54.6 m
Bangladesh
43.4 m
Vietnam
28.4 m
Thailand
26.3 m
Myanmar
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Country
18.8 m
Philippines
11.1 m
Pakistan
10.9 m
Cambodia
10.5 m
Japan
10.4 m
Brazil
8.44 m
Nigeria
8.38 m
United States
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Level 71
Jan 30, 2017
LOL I had them all except one with 25 seconds remaining and then thought to myself.... what if the last one isn't in Asia...what if it's somewhere like Brazil? I typed it in and started laughing... it was! Very interesting trivia there! Nice Quiz!
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Level 87
Jan 30, 2017
I was thinking the same thing. After typing all the Asian countries I knew, I figured, where else do people eat a lot of rice?
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Level 54
Jan 14, 2019
Or Africa! I got Brazil, but never considered northern Africa!!
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Level 28
Feb 3, 2017
Got everything except Brazil. That came to a surprise to me!
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Level 30
Apr 24, 2017
Too many Asians living in Brazil?
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Level 83
Jan 12, 2019
They actually do have a very large Japanese-Brazilian community there, but also Latin American countries use a lot of rice in their cuisines. I'm kind of surprised that Mexico doesn't make the cut.
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Level 73
Jan 13, 2019
Ecuador, Colombia, Dominican Republic, and South Korea are other countries where people eat rice daily or at each meal but aren't on the list. I guess because they're too small.

Mexicans don't consider rice a staple like these other countries.

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Level 83
Jan 13, 2019
All the authentic Mexican restaurants around here serve generous portions of Mexican rice with their entrees.
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Level 73
Jan 15, 2019
Restaurants may serve it, but the staple is corn. Corn tortillas are at every meal in homes. I used to think rice was a staple, too, before being corrected by the with Mexicans (born and raised in Mexico) I lived with, and staying in Mexico. Rice is a filler, thus popular at restaurants. It's an occasional side dish in homes. Despite their popularity at restaurants (and trucks), tacos are also not very common as a home meal.
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Level 83
Dec 6, 2019
::shrug:: if you say so. Know plenty of Mexicans around here that seem to like rice but maybe not when they're at home. The home-cooked Bolivian and Salvadorian meals I had always featured it, as well.
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Level 55
Jan 14, 2019
We eat rice every day in Brazil. Every meal must be accompanied by rice and beans. I was surprised Mexico wasn't there, though. I thought they ate a lot of rice too...
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Level 81
Apr 17, 2018
Only missed Myanmar, but only because I thought I'd typed it already.
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Level 40
Dec 16, 2018
Some reason about halfway through this quiz I began thinking it was Asian only and didn't think about Brazil... Whoops.
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Level 74
Jan 12, 2019
1:20 left
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Level 53
Jan 13, 2019
Got everything but Cambodia and Philippines, so obvious :(
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Level 66
Dec 6, 2019
I thought Italy would be here IDK why but atleast I got Nigeria
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Level 63
Feb 16, 2020
Cuba should be here, their yellow rice is delightful.
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Level 63
Feb 21, 2020
Not a lot of room for rice fields on Cuba. At least not to harvest 8 mil tonnes.
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Level 17
Apr 2, 2020
i did terribly,only got 1 point!
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Level 72
Dec 25, 2020
Would not have guessed that Nigeria produces more rice than Japan.
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Level 57
Jan 19, 2021
Japan does not have much land available. Its extremely mountainous, and the flat areas are filled with people
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Level 66
Jan 30, 2021
Kind of crazy how a country as small and poor as Cambodia out-produces the United States, but I guess when it is a large part of your entire economy it is possible.
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Level 34
Apr 7, 2021
i would have never thought of nigeria :p crazy
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Level 78
Apr 14, 2021
The strangest thing for me in doing this quiz was seeing how much rice the world makes.

Looks like roughly 600 million tonnes, so 600 billion kilograms, with about 6.7 billion people.

So thats about 100kgs a year for every man woman and child on earth.

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Level 25
Apr 14, 2021
and a lot more for all the rice-filled enbies you forgot about
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Level 40
Jun 5, 2022
My family have 4 members and we need atleast 2 bags of rice in a month ,each bag contains 40 kg of rice.
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Level 57
Apr 14, 2021
Type every country you know in Asia then try bigger countries from different continents :D
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Level 43
Apr 14, 2021
Yeah after the obvious asian countries I went to Brazil just because it's huge, and it took me by surprise that is was actually right. Nigeria... Well, although it's in Africa, it has huge population and it's in pretty good hemisphere level for growing rice.
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Level 73
Nov 29, 2021
I just recently had it pointed out to me that rice as a staple requires far less processing to make it a dish than most other grains which must be threshed, milled or ground, and then made into a type of bread. Corn must be nixtamalized to make it a digestible nutritious staple. Rice, however, can be cooked whole or just polished then cooked and eaten. This had never occurred to me, but it's so obvious.
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Level 50
Sep 2, 2022
To me, as a brazilian, a meal without rice (or pasta) is only a snack.
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Level 70
Sep 3, 2022
Yeah. I also find it interesting that this list almost entirely overlaps with global population. If you look at one of those maps that says "over 50% of the world's population lives here," it's always a belt stretching from Pakistan in the west to Indonesia in the south/east and Japan in the north. I've always attributed this to agriculture, but there are other areas with similarly good agriculture. I wonder if it's the simplicity of rice as a crop specifically that allows rice-based societies to flourish. You essentially get more product for less labor and land, and thus you can support larger populations in smaller areas.