Which Country Eats the Most Rice in the World?

Cereals February 09, 2018
Author: Sergey Avramenko
Head of Global Markets Research Team

Global rice consumption amounted to 762,592 thousand tonnes in 2015, increasing by +2.6% against the previous year level. Overall, the global rice consumption indicated a pronounced growth from 2007 to 2015. The trend pattern, however, was relatively stable, with only minor fluctuations throughout the analyzed period. The total consumption volume increased at an average annual rate of +1.8%. The growth pace was the most rapid in 2008, when the output figure increased by +5% from the previous year level. Over the period under review, the global rice consumption reached its maximum volume in 2015, and is likely to continue its growth in the immediate term.

Top Rice Consuming Countries in the World

1. China (211794K Tonnes)

2. India (149536K Tonnes)

3. Indonesia (73046K Tonnes)

4. Bangladesh (54352K Tonnes)

5. Viet Nam (41452K Tonnes)

Global Rice Consumption

In 2015, the countries with the highest consumption were China (211,794 thousand tonnes), India (149,536 thousand tonnes), Indonesia (73,046 thousand tonnes), together mixed up 58% of total consumption. They were followed by Bangladesh with a 7% of global consumption share and Viet Nam with a 6% share.

From 2007 to 2015, the most notable growth rates of rice consumption among the main consuming countries was attained by Indonesia (+2.8% per year), while the other global leaders experienced more modest paces of growth.

The highest levels of rice per capita consumption was registered in Viet Nam (443.58 kg/year), followed by Bangladesh (337.60 kg/year), Indonesia (283.60 kg/year), China (150.50 kg/year) and India (114.06 kg/year), while the average per capita consumption of rice was estimated at 53.56 kg/year in 2015.

In Viet Nam, per capita rice consumption has grown modestly (+1.8% per year) in recent years. In 2015, Viet Nam per capita consumption reached 443.58 kg/year as compared with 384.53 kg/year in 2007.

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Source: World: Rice - Market Report. Analysis And Forecast To 2025