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The Potato Sector
The total world potato production is estimated at 364.808.768 tonnes in 2012 (Source: FAOSTAT, 2014)

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.

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Geographical distribution of potato cultivation around the world (Source: RTB Maps)

Top 25 Potato Producing Countries


Year: 2013 Source: FAOSTAT (Retrieval Date July 3, 2015)

Rank Country Potato Production [tonnes]
1 China 95,987,500
2 India 45,343,600
3 Russian Federation 30,199,100
4 Ukraine 22,258,600
5 United States 19,843,900
6 Germany 9,669,700
7 Bangladesh 8,603,000
8 France 6,975,000
9 Netherlands 6,801,000
10 Poland 6,334,200
11 Belarus 5,913,710
12 United Kingdom 5,580,000
13 Iran (Islamic Republic of) 5,560,000
14 Algeria 4,928,030
15 Egypt 4,800,000
16 Canada 4,620,000
17 Peru 4,570,670
18 Malawi 4,535,960
19 Turkey 3,948,000
20 Pakistan 3,802,200
21 Brazil 3,553,770
22 Belgium 3,479,600
23 Kazakhstan 3,343,600
24 Romania 3,289,720
25 Nepal 2,690,420

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For each region you find:

  • Description of the potato cultivation in that region
  • Potato Consumption Statistics
  • Potato Cultivation Statistics
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Consumption Statistics

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Potatoes (Fresh and Processed), Consumption (Crop Equivalent) in 1990: 27.35 kg/capita/year Calculated data
Potatoes (Fresh and Processed), Consumption (Crop Equivalent) in 1989: 27.20 kg/capita/year Calculated data
Potatoes (Fresh and Processed), Consumption (Crop Equivalent) in 1988: 27.12 kg/capita/year Calculated data
Potatoes (Fresh and Processed), Consumption (Crop Equivalent) in 1987: 27.28 kg/capita/year Calculated data
Potatoes (Fresh and Processed), Consumption (Crop Equivalent) in 1986: 27.13 kg/capita/year Calculated data
Potatoes (Fresh and Processed), Consumption (Crop Equivalent) in 1985: 27.82 kg/capita/year Calculated data
Potatoes (Fresh and Processed), Consumption (Crop Equivalent) in 1984: 28.18 kg/capita/year Calculated data

Agricultural Statistics

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Potato Processed in 2009: 12,518,600.00 tonnes Aggregate, may include official, semi-official, estimated or calculated data
Potato Yield in 2009: 179,103.00 Hg/Ha Calculated data
Potato Production in 2008: 329,922,000.00 tonnes Aggregate, may include official, semi-official, estimated or calculated data
Potato Seed in 2008: 31,301,000.00 tonnes Aggregate, may include official, semi-official, estimated or calculated data
Potato Area Harvested in 2008: 18,167,000.00 Ha Aggregate, may include official, semi-official, estimated or calculated data
Potato Processed in 2008: 11,640,000.00 tonnes Aggregate, may include official, semi-official, estimated or calculated data
Potato Yield in 2008: 181,605.00 Hg/Ha Calculated data