Milled rice production for MY 2019/20 is projected at 1.4 million metric tons (MMT). Post projects MY 2019/20 imports at 1.5 MMT, a new record. Domestic consumption continues to rise due to population growth, urbanization and shifting diets. As domestic production struggles to keep pace, much less reach the official targets of 2.0 MMT by 2020, imports will continue to play a key role. In MY 2018/19, Post estimates Côte d’Ivoire’s total rice imports at 1.45 MMT. Notable developments this year include restructuring of the country’s main rice authority, a measureable increase in modern processing capacity but continued production challenges, and China supplanting other exporters as the primary origin of imported rice.