Africa’s TOP Rice-Producing Countries 2023

Rice Production by Country 2023: After sugarcane and corn, rice is the third most-produced agricultural crop in the world. For over half of the world’s population, rice is the primary food staple, with Asia, Sub-Saharan Africa, and South America being the largest consumers of it. Oryza Sativa, the primary species of rice, is believed to have originated in Asia from the Gramineae family.

While rice is produced in a variety of regions in the world, the physical demands for cultivating it are only met in specific areas. Consistent production requires high daytime temperatures and cooler nights during the growing season. An abundant supply of water, smooth land to assist with steady flooding and drainage, as well as a subsoil where hard-pan impedes percolation is also necessary.

AFRICA has the highest reserves of untapped natural resources for food production, especially water, and land, in the world. With over 130 million hectares in inland valleys suitable for rice production—but only about 10 million hectares are currently being used. Africa’s tremendous potential in agriculture remains untapped.

Africa can address food and nutrition security issues, especially for vulnerable socio-economic groups, particularly the poor, women, and children, if the region develops agri-food systems that are market-driven, more productive, nutrition-focused, resilient, and equitable.

Africa’s Top Rice-Producing Countries 2023:

1. Nigeria 🇳🇬 8,340,000 MT;

2. Egypt 🇪🇬 4,840,000 MT;

3. Madagascar 🇲🇬 4,390,000 MT;

4. Tanzania 🇹🇿 2,680,000 MT;

5. Guinea 🇬🇳 2,470,000 MT;

6. Mali 🇲🇱 2,420,000 MT;

7. Sierra Leone 🇸🇱 1,975,000 MT;

8. Ivory Coast 🇨🇮 1,650,000 MT;

9. DR Congo 🇨🇬 1,580,000 MT;

10. Senegal 🇸🇳 1,380,000 MT;

Africa’s potentials are limitless.

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