Importance of rice

 

Rice is the world’s most important staple food and will continue to be so in the coming decades. A staple food for some 4 billion people worldwide, rice provides 27% of the calories in low- and middle-income countries. With expected population growth, income growth, and decline in rice area, global demand for rice will continue to increase from 479 million tons of milled rice in 2014 to 536-551 million tons in 2030.