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Rice is a staple for more than half of the world’s population.  It is nutritious, easy to digest and plentiful- thus an excellent component in world feeding programs.  It is a food that is consumed throughout the world and included in nearly all cultures.  Rice is versatile and easy to prepare, store, handle, and distribute.  It is comprised of mostly complex carbohydrates, contains essential amino acids and has the highest quality protein of all the grains.

Rice is perfect for food aid because it is:

  • Rich in complex carbohydrates*
  • Contains all eight essential amino acids*
  • Cholesterol and sodium-free *
  • Hypoallergenic*
  • Therapeutic for some digestive disorders
  • Easy to handle/transport
  • Readily available
  • Meets USG "processed" food requirement**
  • Meets the USG "bagged in the US" requirement**

* Very important points for improving the nutritional levels of those who have compromised immune systems.

**Congressional mandate for USAID Title II programs.


For more information, see our Food Aid Guide