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The Potato Sector
Ecuador's Andean region lies within the potato's area of genetic diversity, and particularly rich diversity of wild potato is found in central Ecuador. Cultivation is generally undertaken by small-scale farmers with less than five hectares of land, one of which is typically devoted to potato.

Input costs and the higher profitability of other crops has led to marked fluctuations in the country's potato output: over the past decade, total production has fallen from more than 450 000 tonnes to 350 000, while the cultivated area has shrunk from 65 000 ha to around 50 000.

Potato production is becoming more commercially oriented in response to demand from Ecuador's growing urban sector, which accounts for more than 60 percent of the population. Almost all potatoes produced are consumed locally, with per capita consumption of around 25 kg per year. (Source: International Year of the Potato)

Agricultural Statistics Ecuador

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Potato Production in 2017: 377,243.00 tonnes Official data
Potato Yield in 2017: 127,740.00 hg/ha Calculated data
Potato Area Harvested in 2017: 29,532.00 ha Official data
Sweet Potato Yield in 2017: 17,114.00 hg/ha Calculated data
Sweet Potato Production in 2017: 4,002.00 tonnes FAO data based on imputation methodology
Sweet Potato Area Harvested in 2017: 2,339.00 ha FAO data based on imputation methodology
Potato Production in 2016: 422,589.00 tonnes Official data

Consumption Statistics Ecuador

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Item-consumption: translated
Potatoes (Fresh and Processed), Consumption (Crop Equivalent) in 2011: 18.85 kg/capita/year Calculated data Potatoes (Fresh and Processed)
Sweet Potatoes, Consumption (Crop Equivalent) in 2011: 0.22 kg/capita/year Calculated data Sweet Potatoes
Potatoes (Fresh and Processed), Consumption (Crop Equivalent) in 2010: 22.03 kg/capita/year Calculated data Potatoes (Fresh and Processed)
Sweet Potatoes, Consumption (Crop Equivalent) in 2010: 0.25 kg/capita/year Calculated data Sweet Potatoes
Potatoes (Fresh and Processed), Consumption (Crop Equivalent) in 2009: 16.19 kg/capita/year Calculated data Potatoes (Fresh and Processed)
Sweet Potatoes, Consumption (Crop Equivalent) in 2009: 0.21 kg/capita/year Calculated data Sweet Potatoes
Potatoes (Fresh and Processed), Consumption (Crop Equivalent) in 2008: 15.54 kg/capita/year Calculated data Potatoes (Fresh and Processed)