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The Potato Sector
The total world potato production is estimated at 388,191,000 tonnes in 2017 (Source: FAOSTAT, 2019)

The world potato sector is undergoing major changes.

Until the early 1990s, most potatoes were grown and consumed in Europe, North America and countries of the former Soviet Union.

Since then, there has been a dramatic increase in potato production and demand in Asia, Africa and Latin America, where output rose from less than 30 million tonnes in the early 1960s to more than 165 million tonnes in 2007.

FAO data show that in 2005, for the first time, the developing world's potato production exceeded that of the developed world.

China is now the biggest potato producer, and almost a third of all potatoes is harvested in China and India.

Where are potatoes grown? Geographical distribution of potato cultivation around the world (Source: RTB Maps)

Top 25 Potato Producing Countries


Source: FAOSTAT (Retrieval Date: January 5, 2019; Sweet potatoes are NOT included).
Rank Country Potato Production in 2017 in tonnes
1 China China 99,205,600
2 India India 48,605,000
3 Rusland Russian Federation 29,590,000
4 Oekraïne Ukraine 22,208,200
5 Verenigde Staten United States 20,017,400
6 Duitsland Germany 11,720,000
7 Bangladesh Bangladesh 10,216,000
8 Polen Poland 9,171,730
9 Nederland Netherlands 7,391,880
10 Frankrijk France 7,342,200
11 Wit-Rusland Belarus 6,414,760
12 Verenigd Koninkrijk United Kingdom 6,218,000
13 Iran Iran 5,102,340
14 Turkije Turkey 4,800,000
15 Peru Peru 4,776,290
16 Algerije Algeria 4,606,400
17 België Belgium 4,416,660
18 Canada Canada 4,410,830
19 Egypte Egypt 4,325,480
20 Pakistan Pakistan 4,142,400
21 Brazil Brazil 3,656,850
22 Kazachstan Kazakhstan 3,551,110
23 Roemenië Romania 3,116,910
24 Colombia Colombia 2,819,030
25 Oezbekistan Uzbekistan 2,793,690

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Agricultural Statistics World

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Potato Production in 2017: 388,191,000.00 tonnes Aggregate, may include official, semi-official, estimated or calculated data
Potato Area Harvested in 2017: 19,302,600.00 ha Aggregate, may include official, semi-official, estimated or calculated data
Potato Yield in 2017: 201,108.00 hg/ha Calculated data
Sweet Potato Production in 2017: 112,835,000.00 tonnes Aggregate, may include official, semi-official, estimated or calculated data
Sweet Potato Area Harvested in 2017: 9,202,780.00 ha Aggregate, may include official, semi-official, estimated or calculated data
Sweet Potato Yield in 2017: 122,610.00 hg/ha Calculated data
Potato Production in 2016: 376,827,000.00 tonnes Aggregated Data

Consumption Statistics World

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Potatoes (Fresh and Processed), Consumption (Crop Equivalent) in 2011: 34.64 kg/capita/year Calculated data Potatoes (Fresh and Processed)
Sweet Potatoes, Consumption (Crop Equivalent) in 2011: 7.97 kg/capita/year Calculated data Sweet Potatoes
Potatoes (Fresh and Processed), Consumption (Crop Equivalent) in 2010: 33.76 kg/capita/year Calculated data Potatoes (Fresh and Processed)
Sweet Potatoes, Consumption (Crop Equivalent) in 2010: 8.01 kg/capita/year Calculated data Sweet Potatoes
Potatoes (Fresh and Processed), Consumption (Crop Equivalent) in 2009: 32.97 kg/capita/year Calculated data Potatoes (Fresh and Processed)
Sweet Potatoes, Consumption (Crop Equivalent) in 2009: 8.22 kg/capita/year Calculated data Sweet Potatoes
Potatoes (Fresh and Processed), Consumption (Crop Equivalent) in 2008: 33.29 kg/capita/year Calculated data Potatoes (Fresh and Processed)