Cereal

What is Cereal?

Cereal is a term used to describe any grass species that produces edible grains, often used as a staple food. These grains can be used to make a variety of products such as bread, pasta, and of course, cereal. Cereal is usually consumed as a breakfast food and typically consists of processed grains that have been formed into flakes, puffs, or other shapes. It is often served with milk and sweeteners like sugar or honey. The popularity of cereal as a breakfast food has made it a multi-billion dollar industry.

Cereal has been consumed by humans for thousands of years and was initially eaten in its natural form, such as porridge or gruel. It was not until the mid-19th century that cereal began to be processed into more familiar forms. The introduction of steam-powered machinery allowed for large-scale production and mass distribution of cereal products. Over time, the variety of cereal products expanded, with manufacturers experimenting with different grains, flavors, and shapes.

Cereal is not only a breakfast food but also a cultural phenomenon. It is a food that transcends borders and is enjoyed by people of all ages and backgrounds. Cereal has become a part of many people's morning routines, with some brands becoming household names. Cereal has also been featured in popular culture, with characters such as Tony the Tiger and Snap, Crackle, and Pop becoming iconic figures. Cereal has even inspired art and fashion, with some designers using cereal boxes as inspiration for their designs.

Overall, cereal is a versatile and widely consumed food that has become a significant part of many people's lives. Its popularity has led to significant advancements in food processing and manufacturing, and it continues to evolve as new grains, flavors, and shapes are introduced.

Cereal Production in the World

China is the top country producing Cereal in the world. As of 2022, China produced 633,293,471 tonnes of Cereal, accounting for 20.70% of the total production. The United States of America is the world's second-largest Cereal producer, with 410,940,915 tonnes, which represents 13.43% of the total production. In terms of cereal yield, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines is the most productive country on the planet with 316,207. India, the Russian Federation, and Brazil are the top three leading countries with '355,088,430', '153,096,459', '135,485,143', and '91,584,183' tonnes respectively. Antigua and Barbuda has the lowest production of Cereal in the world with only 16 tonnes in 2022. The world's total production of cereal was estimated at 3,059,640,314 tonnes in 2022.

Source: FAOSTAT

Top 10 Countries by Cereal Production in 2022

Top Countries by Production of Cereal in 2022

Rank Country production(Tonnes) acreage(Hectare) Yield
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China
633,293,47199,268,78363,796
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United States of America
410,940,91550,911,50280,717
3
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India
355,088,43099,558,76035,666
4
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Russian Federation
153,096,45944,651,06034,287
5
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Brazil
135,485,14327,643,78849,011
6
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Argentina
91,584,18318,063,79150,700
7
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Indonesia
78,312,97714,519,90353,935
8
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Canada
65,040,43215,946,20040,787
9
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Bangladesh
62,549,53212,496,55850,053
10
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France
59,927,4909,005,01066,549
11
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Australia
56,306,82119,548,27028,804
12
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Ukraine
53,535,72411,602,58346,141
13
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Pakistan
47,717,92914,011,02034,057
14
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Vietnam
47,096,9817,975,47359,052
15
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Germany
43,479,0006,101,40071,261
16
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Thailand
39,729,76712,847,24230,925
17
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Türkiye
38,667,03311,160,15734,647
18
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Mexico
36,317,2449,122,00839,813
19
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Poland
34,987,7607,196,91048,615
20
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Ethiopia
31,616,41611,236,67328,137
21
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Nigeria
30,392,68018,350,98116,562
22
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Philippines
28,012,5917,330,07438,216
23
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Myanmar
27,209,8027,871,58934,567
24
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United Kingdom
24,362,3113,155,71377,201
25
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Egypt
23,938,1773,226,80474,185
26
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Kazakhstan
22,040,64016,004,35113,772
27
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Spain
19,292,2305,832,98033,074
28
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Romania
18,860,4805,189,93036,341
29
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South Africa
18,685,8983,764,26849,640
30
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Iran (Islamic Republic of)
14,812,6598,107,53918,270
31
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Italy
14,300,5703,010,62047,500
32
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Cambodia
12,787,0003,499,43436,540
33
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Japan
11,631,4401,854,21762,730
34
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Nepal
11,128,3733,457,67132,185
35
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Mali
10,289,0066,157,56016,710
36
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The United Republic of Tanzania
10,271,2386,447,51915,931
37
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Bulgaria
9,790,6901,900,66051,512
38
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Denmark
9,464,2001,306,95072,414
39
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Hungary
9,060,6602,247,11040,321
40
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Czechia
8,218,4201,386,00059,296
41
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Serbia
8,037,3581,732,94146,380
42
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Paraguay
7,907,1771,841,44542,940
43
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Uzbekistan
7,516,9781,511,05749,746
44
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Sudan
7,456,0849,814,4487,597
45
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Belarus
6,800,8292,288,99929,711
46
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Niger
5,923,89610,627,9975,574
47
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Sweden
5,823,200953,47061,074
48
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Peru
5,643,4311,217,66946,346
49
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Lithuania
5,623,6601,335,72042,102
50
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Republic of Korea
5,205,825788,39566,031
51
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Austria
5,205,750754,95068,955
52
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Burkina Faso
5,179,0594,301,06312,041
53
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Ghana
5,136,5662,051,39325,039
54
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Afghanistan
4,824,6722,141,19922,533
55
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Madagascar
4,803,3691,719,55627,934
56
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Algeria
4,718,2042,929,80716,104
57
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Democratic People's Republic of Korea
4,662,1621,325,80735,165
58
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Colombia
4,570,1071,052,64043,416
59
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Guinea
4,110,2582,977,58213,804
60
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Lao People's Democratic Republic
4,057,610910,95944,542
61
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Democratic Republic of the Congo
4,043,0704,954,9428,160
62
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Malawi
4,024,6662,003,46620,089
63
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Uganda
3,876,8581,693,35022,895
64
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Uruguay
3,876,753892,31943,446
65
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Cameroon
3,843,7052,269,19016,939
66
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Kenya
3,753,7732,591,44814,485
67
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Finland
3,684,010977,05037,705
68
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Senegal
3,663,6901,896,41119,319
69
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Sri Lanka
3,652,3431,198,72730,469
70
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Morocco
3,509,6733,720,6199,433
71
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Iraq
3,421,7431,179,04229,021
72
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Slovakia
3,382,800711,49047,545
73
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Côte d'Ivoire
3,354,7211,463,95722,915
74
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Latvia
3,243,700774,90041,860
75
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Greece
3,203,370773,28041,426
76
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Angola
3,173,9593,071,52810,333
77
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Zambia
3,056,7151,243,88324,574
78
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Azerbaijan
3,055,970966,18331,629
79
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Croatia
3,023,810519,28058,231
80
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Ecuador
2,928,003722,90240,503
81
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Chad
2,798,6413,310,0378,455
82
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Belgium
2,779,540323,07086,035
83
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Bolivia (Plurinational State of)
2,615,6411,523,61217,167
84
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Chile
2,588,505423,37761,139
85
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Mozambique
2,506,0622,470,19610,145
86
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Ireland
2,485,680285,66087,015
87
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Malaysia
2,427,608647,42637,496
88
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Benin
2,297,3731,687,37713,615
89
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Syrian Arab Republic
2,276,2382,396,2439,499
90
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Guatemala
2,027,272918,19922,079
91
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Kyrgyzstan
1,912,758588,65132,494
92
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Zimbabwe
1,887,7201,337,24414,116
93
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Venezuela (Bolivarian Republic of)
1,868,484552,14033,841
94
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Taiwan
1,799,456275,76865,253
95
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Republic of Moldova
1,758,121920,17519,106
96
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Tunisia
1,713,8821,044,55716,408
97
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Netherlands
1,638,280183,20089,426
98
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Sierra Leone
1,535,047817,62618,774
99
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Estonia
1,528,560361,83042,245
100
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Togo
1,439,8501,233,00711,678
101
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Bosnia and Herzegovina
1,431,169207,03669,127
102
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Norway
1,325,000280,24647,280
103
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Tajikistan
1,324,014405,42432,658
104
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Turkmenistan
1,222,914652,35918,746
105
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Dominican Republic
1,212,049232,03452,236
106
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Saudi Arabia
1,068,744213,66150,021
107
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South Sudan
1,063,2991,007,21110,557
108
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Portugal
1,018,080198,18051,371
109
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New Zealand
967,399113,51885,220
110
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El Salvador
953,000358,36526,593
111
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Nicaragua
949,097402,34623,589
112
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Guyana
933,600157,15459,407
113
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Switzerland
865,538142,27460,836
114
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Rwanda
807,219534,33815,107
115
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Honduras
751,127400,46618,756
116
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Albania
690,850132,83952,007
117
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Slovenia
576,200103,55055,645
118
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Mauritania
555,395322,80517,205
119
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North Macedonia
542,164156,15034,721
120
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Panama
515,000146,50535,152
121
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Burundi
466,394314,39014,835
122
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Yemen
454,000521,0008,714
123
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Mongolia
428,649385,02111,133
124
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Georgia
377,724156,93924,068
125
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Cuba
355,610151,05523,542
126
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Haiti
340,000322,14710,554
127
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Eritrea
305,160476,6526,402
128
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Guinea-Bissau
301,273206,92614,559
129
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Central African Republic
294,070354,2938,300
130
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Liberia
288,000257,00011,206
131
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Suriname
266,23055,94847,586
132
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Armenia
239,505109,57421,858
133
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Libya
209,957313,4026,699
134
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Oman
208,8268,420248,009
135
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Israel
202,01763,10732,012
136
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Somalia
177,645353,5385,025
137
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Namibia
173,581267,4706,490
138
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Luxembourg
170,66027,73061,543
139
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Timor-Leste
163,00079,66520,461
140
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Belize
146,71532,77744,762
141
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Lebanon
133,39755,22924,153
142
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Eswatini
129,69481,70115,874
143
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Costa Rica
110,44630,89235,752
144
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Gambia
106,764114,8459,296
145
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Botswana
85,049124,3186,841
146
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Lesotho
82,451113,1357,288
147
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Bhutan
71,36520,69234,489
148
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Jordan
65,79355,03911,954
149
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Cyprus
61,32024,58024,947
150
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Gabon
46,68729,41015,874
151
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Palestine
44,87619,43723,087
152
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Congo
30,14233,9718,873
153
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Kuwait
26,6751,972135,264
154
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United Arab Emirates
23,031975236,253
155
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Comoros
19,19110,95317,521
156
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Papua New Guinea
18,3573,86347,518
157
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Fiji
14,7003,59440,903
158
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Iceland
8,9003,00029,667
159
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Montenegro
6,8612,07433,072
160
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Trinidad and Tobago
5,1253,13016,376
161
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New Caledonia
4,24744395,899
162
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Brunei Darussalam
4,2001,50028,000
163
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Solomon Islands
2,7541,44719,031
164
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Qatar
2,64328991,485
165
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Jamaica
2,4262,08611,630
166
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Vanuatu
9261,5236,082
167
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Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
87128316,207
168
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Mauritius
8238992,472
169
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Bahamas
6088274,243
170
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Sao Tome and Principe
53226020,452
171
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Grenada
3863889,941
172
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Micronesia (Federated States of)
28416617,129
173
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Cabo Verde
22219,340115
174
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Maldives
2048424,359
175
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Puerto Rico
1966032,776
176
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Dominica
19211516,665
177
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Barbados
511927,530
178
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Djibouti
18920,617
179
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Antigua and Barbuda
16530,810

Cultivation of Cereal

Cereals are some of the most widely cultivated crops in the world, providing a vital source of food for humans and animals alike. Here are some points on the cultivation of cereals:

  1. Climate and soil requirements: For optimal growth and yield, cereal crops necessitate specific growing conditions. They thrive in a temperate climate with moderate rainfall and temperatures that range from 15-25°C. The soil should have good fertility, a neutral pH level, and be well-drained.
  2. Seedbed preparation: Before planting, the soil must be plowed and harrowed to create a seedbed that is free of weeds and debris. This allows for better seed-to-soil contact and enhances seed germination.
  3. Planting: Cereals are typically planted in the spring or fall, depending on the growing region and climate. Seeds can be broadcast over the seedbed or drilled into the soil using a seed drill. The planting depth and spacing of the seeds will vary depending on the type of cereal being grown.
  4. Fertilization: Cereal crops require specific nutrients, including nitrogen, phosphorus, and potassium, to grow and develop properly. Fertilizers are applied to the soil before or during planting to ensure adequate nutrient levels.
  5. Pest and disease control: Cereal crops are susceptible to a variety of pests and diseases, including rust, smut, and aphids. Farmers use a range of strategies to control these pests, including crop rotation, use of resistant varieties, and application of pesticides.
  6. Harvesting: Once the cereal crops reach maturity, they are harvested using either a combined harvester or by hand. The timing of the harvest is critical, as waiting too long can result in lost yield and reduced quality.

Overall, the cultivation of cereal crops is a complex and important process that requires careful attention to detail and knowledge of the specific growing conditions needed for each type of cereal. Despite the challenges, cereal crops continue to be a vital source of food for people around the world.

Health Benefits of Cereal

Cereal is a popular breakfast food that has many health benefits. Here are some of the key health benefits of cereal:

  1. Rich in nutrients: Many types of cereal are fortified with vitamins and minerals, such as iron, folate, and vitamin D. These nutrients are essential for good health and can help prevent deficiencies.
  2. High in fiber: Cereal is a good source of dietary fiber, which can help regulate digestion and prevent constipation. Fiber can also help lower cholesterol levels and reduce the risk of heart disease.
  3. Low in fat: Most types of cereal are low in fat, which makes them a good choice for people looking to manage their weight or reduce their intake of saturated fat.
  4. Convenient: Cereal is a quick and easy breakfast option that requires minimal preparation time. This makes it a good choice for people who are short on time in the morning.
  5. Versatile: Cereal can be eaten in a variety of ways, such as with milk, yogurt, or fruit. This versatility makes it easy to incorporate into a healthy diet.
  6. Energy Boost: Cereal provides a quick energy boost to start the day and helps maintain concentration throughout the morning.
  7. Reduced risk of chronic diseases: Cereal consumption has been linked to a reduced risk of chronic diseases such as type 2 diabetes, obesity, and heart disease.

Overall, cereal is a convenient and nutritious breakfast food that offers a range of health benefits. Incorporating cereal into a balanced diet can help support overall health and well-being.

Nutritional Information of Cereal

The exact nutritional content of cereal can vary depending on the type and brand. However, here are some general nutrition facts for a 100-gram serving of dry, uncooked cereal:

  • Calories: 350-400 kcal
  • Carbohydrates: 70-80 grams
  • Protein: 7-12 grams
  • Fat: 2-5 grams
  • Fiber: 5-15 grams
  • Sugar: 0-20 grams
  • Sodium: 100-400 milligrams

In terms of vitamins and minerals, many cereals are fortified with additional nutrients such as iron, folate, and vitamin D. The specific amounts of these nutrients can vary depending on the type of cereal and the brand.

It's important to note that the nutritional value of cereal can be affected by the way it is prepared and served. Adding milk, sugar, or other toppings can significantly increase the calorie and sugar content of the cereal. To maximize the nutritional benefits of cereal, it's best to choose varieties that are low in sugar and pair them with nutrient-dense toppings such as fresh fruit or nuts.

Structure of Cereal

The structure of cereal grains can vary depending on the type of cereal, but some common features are shared across many different varieties. Here are some key elements of the structure of cereal grains:

  1. Bran: The bran is the outermost layer of the grain and is high in fiber, vitamins, and minerals. It is typically removed during the processing of white flour but is left intact in whole-grain products.
  2. Endosperm: Containing the majority of carbohydrates and protein, the endosperm is the grain's most extensive portion. Typically, it is ground into flour and employed in creating a diverse range of food items.
  3. Germ: The germ is the grain's segment that comprises the embryo or sprouting portion of the plant. It is abundant in vitamins, minerals, and healthy fats. Generally, during the processing of white flour, it is eliminated, but in whole-grain products, it is preserved.
  4. Aleurone layer: The aleurone layer, a layer of cells between the bran and endosperm, is rich in minerals and protein. This thin layer plays a crucial part in the grain's germination process.
  5. Husk: During processing, the husk, which is the sturdy outer layer encompassing the grain, is usually extracted. Typically, it is not consumed as part of the grain.

Overall, the structure of cereal grains is complex and varies depending on the type of cereal. Understanding the different parts of the grain can help consumers make informed choices about the types of cereal products they choose to consume.

Types of Cereal

There are many types of cereal available, and they can be categorized in several ways. Here are some common ways to classify types of cereal:

  1. Hot cereal: These cereals are typically cooked in water or milk to create a hot, porridge-like consistency. Examples include oatmeal, cream of wheat, and grits.
  2. Cold cereal: These cereals are typically eaten cold and dry or with milk or yogurt. Examples include cornflakes, rice puffs, and bran flakes.
  3. Whole grain cereal: These cereals are made with the entire grain, including the bran, endosperm, and germ. Examples include rolled oats, whole wheat cereal, and quinoa flakes.
  4. Flavored cereal: These cereals are often marketed to children and have added sugar, artificial flavors, and colors. Examples include Froot Loops, Lucky Charms, and Cocoa Puffs.
  5. Granola and muesli: These cereals are typically made with oats, nuts, and dried fruit, and are often eaten as a snack or added to yogurt or smoothie bowls.
  6. Gluten-free cereal: These cereals are made without wheat, barley, or rye, and are often made with gluten-free grains such as rice, corn, or quinoa. Examples include gluten-free cornflakes, rice cereal, and oatmeal.
  7. High-protein cereal: These cereals are made with added protein, often from sources such as whey or pea protein. Examples include Special K Protein Cereal and Kashi GoLean.

There is an extensive range of cereal options accessible to consumers, each having its distinct taste, consistency, and nutritional content. It is crucial to select cereals that are low in added sugar and high in fiber and other nutrients to optimize their health benefits.

Uses of Cereal

Cereal is a versatile food that can be used in a variety of ways, both as a breakfast food and as an ingredient in other dishes. Here are some common uses of cereal:

  1. Breakfast cereal: One of the most common uses of cereal is as a breakfast food. Cold cereal is typically eaten with milk or yogurt, while hot cereal is cooked in water or milk and can be flavored with a variety of toppings, such as fresh fruit, nuts, or honey.
  2. Baking ingredient: Cereal can be used as an ingredient in a variety of baked goods, such as muffins, breads, and granola bars. Cereals such as oats, cornflakes, and rice puffs can add texture and flavor to baked goods.
  3. Snack food: Numerous bowls of cereal can be consumed as a stand-alone snack or mixed with other ingredients to create a trail mix or snack mix. Granola and muesli, among others, are frequently enjoyed as a snack.
  4. Coating for meat and vegetables: Crushed cereal can be used as a coating for meat and vegetables, providing a crispy texture and added flavor. Corn flakes, for example, can be crushed and used as a coating for chicken or fish.
  5. Topping for yogurt or smoothie bowls: Cereal can be used as a topping for yogurt or smoothie bowls, adding crunch and texture to these healthy snacks.

Overall, cereal is a versatile food that can be used in a variety of ways, both as a standalone breakfast food and as an ingredient in other dishes. It's important to choose cereals that are low in added sugar and high in fiber and other nutrients to maximize their health benefits.