Country Profile - Saudi Arabia

Region: Middle East

Population: 31,540,000

Percent of population in urban areas: 83

Source: Population figures from the United Nation Population Division

Grain Production, Imports, Exports (metric tons), and Availability (grams/capita/day)

  Domestic Production Grain Imports Grain Exports Flour Imports Flour Exports Available in food supply
Wheat 660,145 2,119,496 3,997 2,484,321 259,352 245
Maize 95,356 2,106,596 0 2,120,378 15,000 57
Rice 0 1,265,557 11,468 1,222,160 10,946 99

Source: Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations using 2013 data, the last year with all data available.

Notes: Rice production is paddy rice. Import and export figures include husked and milled rice.

Legislation, Milling Industry, and Fortification

  Legislation Number of industrial mills (>20 metric tons/day) % flour/rice produced in industrial mills % industrially milled flour/rice that is fortified
Wheat Mandatory 9 100 100
Maize 100 0
Rice 0 0

Source: FFI database. See how we got this information.

Nutrients Added Through Fortification (parts per million)

  Minerals B Vitamins Vitamin A
  Iron Type of Iron Zinc Folic Acid B12 Niacin Riboflavin Thiamin
Wheat 36.3 Unknown 1.5 52.9 3.96 6.38
Maize
Rice

Source: FFI database. See how we got this information.

Neural Tube Defects, Anemia Data, and Zinc Intake

Neural tube defects per 10,000 births1 % Anemia in non-pregnant women of reproductive age2 % Anemia in pre-school children3 % Population at risk of inadequate zinc intake4
12.0 40 39 19.2

1Source: Calculated from March of Dimes statistics, 21-March-2012

Note: This figure may not include pregnancy loss or terminations of pregnancies due to pre-natal diagnosis of a neural tube defect. With all folic acid interventions in place, the birth prevalence of neural tube defects would be about 6 per 10,000. Contact us at info@ffinetwork.org to see if information on neural tube birth defects is available on a city or regional level.

2Source: - WHO. The global prevalence of anemia in 2011. Geneva: World Health Organization: 2015.

Note: Anemia can be caused by many things. Fortifying flour and rice can reduce the risk of anemia caused by nutritional deficiencies. The classification of anemia as a public health problem, according to the World Health Organization, Global Prevalence of Anemia in 2011, is:

≤4.9% No public health problem
5.0-19.9% Mild public health problem
20.0-39.9% Moderate public health problem
≥40.0% Severe public health problem

3Source: - WHO. The global prevalence of anemia in 2011. Geneva: World Health Organization: 2015.

Note: Pre-school children are usually defined as ages 6-59 months.

4Source: - Wessells KR, Brown KH. Estimating the global prevalence of zinc deficiency: results based on zinc availability in national food supplies and the prevalence of stunting. PloS One 2012; 7: e50568.

Note: Zinc is needed for optimal child health and physical growth and normal pregnancy outcomes. If the probability of inadequate zinc intake is greater than 25%, it is considered an elevated public health concern, according to Conclusions of the Joint WHO/UNICEF/IAEA/IZiNCG Interagency Meeting on Zinc Status Indicators.