RiceAtlas, a spatial database of global rice calendars and production

Alice G. Laborte, Mary Anne Gutierrez, Jane Girly Balanza, Kazuki Saito, Sander J. Zwart, Mirco Boschetti, M.V.R. Murty, Lorena Villano, Jorrel Khalil Aunario, Russell Reinke, Jawoo Koo, Robert Hijmans, Andrew Nelson
Scientific Data
2017

Knowing where, when, and how much rice is planted and harvested is crucial information for understanding the effects of policy, trade, and global and technological change on food security. We developed RiceAtlas, a spatial database on the seasonal distribution of the world’s rice production. It consists of data on rice planting and harvesting dates by growing season and estimates of monthly production for all rice-producing countries. Sources used for planting and harvesting dates include global and regional databases, national publications, online reports, and expert knowledge. Monthly production data were estimated based on annual or seasonal production statistics, and planting and harvesting dates. RiceAtlas has 2,725 spatial units. Compared with available global crop calendars, RiceAtlas is nearly ten times more spatially detailed and has nearly seven times more spatial units, with at least two seasons of calendar data, making RiceAtlas the most comprehensive and detailed spatial database on rice calendar and production.