Egypt Rice Market - Growth, Trends, COVID-19 Impact, and Forecasts (2022 - 2027)

The Egypt Rice Market is segmented based on the production, consumption, and trade in terms of import and export, globally.

Market Snapshot

Study Period: 2016 - 2026
Base Year: 2021
CAGR: 2.9 %

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Market Overview

Egypt is the most important rice market in the North Africa region. Due to its available land base on the banks of the river Nile, the country produces most of the rice in North Africa. The Nile’s waters are used extensively to irrigate rice crops. The North African region, led by Egypt, accounts for one-third of the rice demand in Africa. The majority of rice in Egypt is produced in lower Nile river areas. The country’s rice supply is recorded at 60.9 kg paddy/capita/year. Due to the higher demand compared to production, the region is highly import-dependent for rice. The Middle-East and Africa together account for nearly half of the total rice trade. In North Africa, Egypt is the only country that produces enough for its domestic and export demand, reaching 100% self-sufficiency.

Scope of the report

Rice is grown both as a subsistence crop and as a cash crop in Egypt. It is one of the most important agricultural crops that the country exports to other countries in Africa and the world. Egyptian farmers are producing one of the world's highest rice yields due to adequate research in the field. The Egyptian rice market is segmented based on the production, consumption, and trade in terms of import and export, globally.

Production Analysis
Consumption Analysis and Market Value
Import Market Analysis (Volume and Value)
Export Market Analysis (Volume and Value)
Price Trend Analysis

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Key Market Trends

Rice Production Analysis

As per FAO, in 2018, rice production accounts for 4,900 thousand ton, a decrease by 1.2% as compared to last year which accounts for 4960 ton of rice. The production of rice is constantly decreasing in Egypt because Egypt is reducing the cultivation of water-consuming crops, such as rice, raising concern about a deterioration of the quality of the country's most fertile farmland. Rice consumes about two and a half times the water needed to cultivate Wheat and other crops and henceforth, government has taken initiatives to reduce the production of rice in the region. Egypt imposed an intermittent rice export ban since 2008 to preserve stocks for domestic markets. The decision is designed not only to save water but also to find a balance between the production and consumption of rice. Production currently exceeds consumption by one million ton annually.

Egypt Rice Market

Egypt Dominates the Import Market in Terms of Value

Due to the low production of rice and to meet the domestic requirement, the Egyptian government imports rice mainly from China, India, Thailand, and Russia. Egypt imports 60,704 ton of rice in 2018, whereas, in 2017, the import of rice accounts for 58.902 which was increase by 3.06%. Due to water shortage in the Egyptian region, water-consuming crops such as rice cultivation have been affected. This has resulted in the government importing rice from major rice-growing countries, such as India, which accounts for 25,000 ton of rice of export to Egypt.

Egypt Rice Market

Table of Contents


    1. 1.1 Study Deliverables

    2. 1.2 Study Assumptions

    3. 1.3 Scope of the Study




    1. 4.1 Market Overview

    2. 4.2 Introduction to Market Drivers and Restraints

    3. 4.3 Market Drivers

    4. 4.4 Market Restraints

    5. 4.5 Value Chain Analysis

    6. 4.6 PESTLE Analysis


    1. 5.1 Egypt

      1. 5.1.1 Production Analysis

      2. 5.1.2 Consumption Analysis and Market Value

      3. 5.1.3 Import Market Analysis (Volume and Value)

      4. 5.1.4 Export Market Analysis (Volume and Value)

      5. 5.1.5 Price Trend Analysis


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