Rice Facts


  • Rice is the main staple for 3.5 billion people around the world

  • Global rice sector provides livelihoods for over 1 billion people, of which 144 million are smallholder farmers

  • Irrigated rice cultivation uses 30-40% of the world's freshwater

  • Conventional rice cultivation is responsible for up to 10% of global methane emissions, which is more potent than carbon dioxide

  • Rice production accounts for an average 13% of global fertilizer use


Sustainable Rice

Helps farmers earn more

Saves water

Fights global warming

Keeps farmers healthy

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