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GLOBAL AGRICULTURE : Rocky Soil: The World Economy

August 30, 1994

Agriculture is a vital part of the world's economy. But countries that depend heavily on it tend to be less developed and less wealthy. In fact, farmers are among the poorest people in the developing world. China is No. 1 in both wheat and rice production--two key crops. But developed nations are strong players in the wheat field.

* Top World Producers of Rice (1993-94)

1. China

2. India

3. Indonesia

4. Bangladesh

5. Vietnam

6. Thailand

7. Myanmar

8. Brazil

9. Japan

* Top World Producers of Wheat (1993-94)

1. China

2. European Union

3. United States

4. India

5. Russia

6. Canada

7. Turkey

8. Australia

9. Pakistan

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