Rice Importers by Continent

  1. Asia … 11.9 million tons (41% of global rice imports)
  2. Africa … 7.6 million tons (26.1%)
  3. Europe … 3.5 million tons (12.2%)
  4. North and Central America … 2.3 million tons (8.1%)
  5. South America … 1.1 million tons (3.9%).

Even though Asia farms more than 91% of the global rice harvest, Far Eastern nations import more rice than any other continent.