The World's Most Important Staple Crops

What are the world's most important staple foods in terms of worldwide caloric consumption?
Source: FAO via World Atlas
% of global caloric intake derived from crop
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Last updated: March 12, 2020
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Staple Food
19.5%
Maize
16.5%
Rice
15.0%
Wheat
2.6%
Cassava
2.1%
Soybean
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Staple Food
1.7%
Potato
1.2%
Sorghum
0.6%
Sweet Potato
0.4%
Yam
0.3%
Plantain
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Level 61
Mar 12, 2020
I love eating all of these.
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Level 68
Mar 12, 2020
Wow! A new feature and a quiz going on the same day!
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Level 43
Mar 12, 2020
OMG! I just noticed that. Thanks!
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Level 83
Mar 12, 2020
I always want to enter barley as beer is pretty popular too.
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Level 67
Mar 12, 2020
I tried barley and hop (and malt) beer is staple food for some, haha
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Level 68
Apr 4, 2020
In the past barley was used as commonly as wheat in many places... used to make bread and porridge and such. It seems to have fallen out of use in that sense, but that didn't stop me from trying it several times!
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Level 66
Mar 12, 2020
Either it is an English terminology thing or there is definitively sugar cane missing in this list. Presumably on the 4th spot?! (In 2018, roughly twice as much sugar cane was produced when compared to corn. There is a long way from sugar cane to calorie uptake, but still...)
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Level 67
Mar 12, 2020
I guess it is about staple food, no nutrients in sugar and people dont use it on their own (eventhough it might be a significant part of their diet)
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Level 65
Mar 13, 2020
No nutrients in sugar? Sugar is pure nutrients.
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Level 76
Mar 19, 2020
If there were no nutrients in sugar, how do you explain my survival on a diet of Cocoa Puffs & Mountain De......~keels over and dies~
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Level 35
Apr 29, 2020
A lot of sugar cane is used for biofuel production in countries like Brazil. Although I can say the same about corn in the US (which is less efficient).
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Level 78
Mar 13, 2020
Nice quiz... although I caught me off-guard when one word yielded two answers (I thought I accidentally hit the "Give Up" button).
Only one correction: in the caveats, it says "vis" instead of "via".
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Level 69
Mar 13, 2020
Looks familiar to a 2016 quiz. https://www.jetpunk.com/user-quizzes/170770/top-10-most-important-crops-in-the-world
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Level 53
Mar 13, 2020
Cassava has lots of synonyms that should be added: yuca, manioc, mandioca, etc.
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Level ∞
Mar 14, 2020
Yuca and manioc will work now
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Level 60
Apr 3, 2020
Rice and wheat I get, but how can maize be that big? Who use maize as such a big part of their diet? It sound like someone must be eating a lot of corn bread somewhere..
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Level 33
Apr 3, 2020
Maize is a main stable in Mexico, Central America, and the Andean countries.
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Level 61
Apr 3, 2020
Corn syrup is in everything in the USA
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Level 63
Apr 3, 2020
Cows
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Level 47
Apr 4, 2020
That is what I was thinking. Wheat is is everything, what is corn in? Bugger all!
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Level 56
Apr 4, 2020
Corn is used in lots of stuff. Corn Chips, Corn Bread, Corn Muffins, Popcorn, etc. even corn on it's own is really popular too. Plus corn flour is used in many things you probably weren't even aware of. Cheese puffs (cheese doodles or cheetos, whatever you call them) are actually puffed corn with cheese flavoring. In many East African countries, corn meal is the staple food - look up ugali if you wanna learn more about it. In the U.S., and probably many other western nations, corn is often used in gluten-free substitutes as well. Not to mention corn syrup.
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Level 50
Apr 5, 2020
It's eaten a decent amount in western society, though less than wheat, but corn is a major staple in Latin America and in Africa. I wasn't surprised to see it on top of the list.
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Level 56
Apr 3, 2020
No sugar or coffee?
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Level 46
Apr 3, 2020
Could you accept great millet for sorghum? I believe it's a very widely used name for the same thing. I know I tried "millet," "great millet," "durra," "jowari," and a few other things, but not "sorghum."
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Level 38
Apr 3, 2020
Interesting that plantain made the cut but banana didn't.
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Level 68
Apr 4, 2020
If you type banana it reveals plantain. Perhaps theyre grouped together?