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Rice: Where is it grown (countries, areas)? Where is it used as a staple grain? Availability (season of growth)? Yearly world production for food?

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Rice is one of the most important staple foods in world, ranking second only to corn as the top-produced grain. It is the most important single food for much of the world's population, particularly in Asia, the Middle East, Latin America and the Caribbean. Rice can be grown on virtually every continent, but it is most prolifically grown in Southeast Asia and Africa. Rice is grown annually, but in wetter climates it can produce for up to two years. The leading producers of rice are China and India, followed by Indonesia, Pakistan, Vietnam, Thailand, Myanmar and The Phillipines. Brazil is the leading non-Asian producer.

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