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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.

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

Top 25 Potato Producing Countries
RankNamePotato Production in 2017 in tonnes
1
China
99205600.00
2
India
48605000.00
3
Russian Federation
29590000.00
4
Ukraine
22208200.00
5
United States
20017400.00
6
Germany
11720000.00
7
Bangladesh
10216000.00
8
Poland
9171730.00
9
Germany
8950000.00
10
Netherlands
7391880.00
11
France
7342200.00
12
Belarus
6414760.00
13
United Kingdom
6218000.00
14
France
6121000.00
15
Iran
5102340.00
16
Belgium
5035000.00
17
Turkey
4800000.00
18
Peru
4776290.00
19
United Kingdom
4751000.00
20
Algeria
4606400.00
21
Belgium
4416660.00
22
Canada
4410830.00
23
Egypt
4325480.00
24
Pakistan
4142400.00
25
Netherlands
4078000.00
Agricultural Statistics World
Potato Production in 2013 :374817000.00tonnesAggregate, may include official, semi-official, estimated or calculated data
Potato Seed in 2013 :32777400.00tonnesAggregate, may include official, semi-official, estimated or calculated data
Potato Area Harvested in 2013 :19337100.00HaAggregate, may include official, semi-official, estimated or calculated data
Potato Area Harvested in 2013 :19321200.00haAggregate, may include official, semi-official, estimated or calculated data
Potato Yield in 2013 :194679.00Hg/HaCalculated data
Potato Yield in 2013 :193993.00hg/haCalculated data
Potato Production in 2012 :370595000.00tonnesAggregate, may include official, semi-official, estimated or calculated data
Consumption Statistics World
Potatoes (Fresh and Processed) , Consumption (Crop Equivalent) in 1997:31.23kg/capita/yearPotatoes (Fresh and Processed)
Sweet Potatoes , Consumption (Crop Equivalent) in 1997:10.69kg/capita/yearSweet Potatoes
Potatoes (Fresh and Processed) , Consumption (Crop Equivalent) in 1996:28.54kg/capita/yearPotatoes (Fresh and Processed)
Sweet Potatoes , Consumption (Crop Equivalent) in 1996:12.06kg/capita/yearSweet Potatoes
Potatoes (Fresh and Processed) , Consumption (Crop Equivalent) in 1995:27.86kg/capita/yearPotatoes (Fresh and Processed)
Sweet Potatoes , Consumption (Crop Equivalent) in 1995:13.67kg/capita/yearSweet Potatoes
Potatoes (Fresh and Processed) , Consumption (Crop Equivalent) in 1994:27.41kg/capita/yearPotatoes (Fresh and Processed)

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