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The State of Food and Agriculture 1966

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In addition to the usual review of the recent world food and agriculture situation, each issue of The State of Food and Agriculture from 1957 has included one or more special studies of problems of longer-term interest. This year's edition focuses on agriculture and industrialization, as well as rice in the world food economy.

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Rice in the world food economy: Situation and outlook in the International Rice Year 1966

Rice is the staple food of approximately half of the human race. For over 1,400 million people in the Far East, including China (Mainland), where nine tenths of the world's rice is grown and consumed, it provides the main dietary source of energy. The number of people relying almost solely on rice for food approaches 200 million in India alone, and probably exceeds 400 million in China (Mainland). Outside the Far East rice is the predominant food in only a few countries, but it is increasingly popular in many parts of Africa, Latin America and the Near East. In total, over 150 million tons of milled rice' are eaten annually, contributing half or more of the available calorie supplies in rice-eating countries, as well as a major part of the protein.

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