Which Country Eats the Most Rice?

Rice Consumption (Total) (kt), 2017
Food & Drink | March 4, 2020
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Based on a comparison of 154 countries in 2017, China ranked the highest in rice consumption with 174,687 kt followed by India and Indonesia. On the other end of the scale was Montenegro with 1.00 kt, Iceland with 1.00 kt and Malta with 2.00 kt.

Total rice consumption reached 600,013 kt in 2017 in the World according to Faostat. This is 1.4 % more than in the previous year and 42.0 % more than 10 years ago.

Historically, total rice consumption reached an all time high of 600,013 kt in 2017 and an all time low of 118,249 kt in 1961. The average annual growth amounted to 2.94 % since 1961.

The top ranked country, China, accounted for 29.1 % of rice consumption in the world. The top 3 countries hold a 61.3 % share while the ten largest countries some 82.1 % in 2017.

Data for more countries are available at Rice Consumption (Total) indicator page.

Rice Consumption (Total) Unit 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017
Bangladesh kt 26,387 26,681 26,892 41,194 41,493
Brazil kt 6,727 6,309 6,437 9,423 9,639
Cambodia kt 2,326 2,352 2,408 3,684 3,720
China kt 109,404 107,956 108,321 171,980 173,590
Egypt kt 3,137 3,257 3,264 4,963 4,881
India kt 86,478 86,933 87,006 128,605 128,545
Indonesia kt 32,431 33,175 33,637 52,869 54,724
Japan kt 6,641 7,469 7,609 10,705 10,521
Myanmar kt 6,548 6,844 7,073 9,795 9,735
Nepal kt 2,355 2,421 2,439 3,702 3,757
Nigeria kt 4,950 4,740 4,901 8,332 6,997
Philippines kt 11,290 11,689 11,752 17,489 17,370
South Korea kt 4,235 4,003 4,196 6,261 6,310
Thailand kt 7,461 7,654 7,677 12,287 12,152
Vietnam kt 13,066 12,865 13,253 19,920 20,272