Ample rice supplies from top exporters Thailand and Vietnam will ensure prices of Asia’s main staple remain in check early this year, sparing at least one food item from record high prices that have raised fears of unrest.

While U.S. wheat and corn futures climbed around 50 percent in 2010 on adverse weather in key producing regions, the benchmark Thai rice dropped 13 percent during the year, with sufficient supplies to meet the global demand.

The top ten rice importing countries are as follows.


Philippines 2,600

Nigeria 1,700

Iran 1,150

Saudi Arabia 1,100

Iraq 1,100

Malaysia 1,020

Cote d’Ivoire 860

South Africa 800

Indonesia 800

Brazil 800

* January/December year