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Why is rice an important commodity?

Rice is an important commodity for several reasons. It is a staple food for over half of the world’s population, and is a major source of nutrition and caloric intake for people in many developing countries. Rice is also an important crop for small-scale farmers and rural communities, as it is relatively easy to grow and requires less water and land than many other staple crops. Additionally, rice is used in a wide range of cultural and traditional dishes, and its cultivation has social, economic, and environmental importance.

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Places U.S. Secretaries of State Have Visited Since 1989

The Washington Post has mapped the frequency of visits of U.S. Secretaries of State to foreign nations since 1989.

According to the map, the top visited nations by U.S. Secretaries of State Baker, Christopher, Albright, Powell, Rice, and Clinton include: Israel, with 90 visits, followed by Egypt with 61 visits, Syria with 48 visits, the Palestinian authority with 47 visits, and Jordan with 35. Other nations frequently visited include: Britain, France, Germany, Belgium (NATO headquarters), Spain, Italy, Switzerland, Russia, South Korea, Japan, Turkey, Saudi Arabia, Canada, and Mexico.

For the interactive map, visit: Washington Post: Fascinating interactive map: Where U.S. secretaries of state have traveled since 1989