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The Potato Sector
The total world potato production is estimated at 376,827,000 tonnes in 2016 (Source: FAOSTAT, 2018)

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


Source: FAOSTAT (Retrieval Date: September 16, 2018)

Rank Country Potato Production in 2016 in tonnes
1 China China 99,122,400
2 India India 43,770,000
3 Russian Federation Russian Federation 31,107,800
4 Ukraine Ukraine 21,750,300
5 United States United States 19,991,000
6 Germany Germany 10,772,100
7 Bangladesh Bangladesh 9,474,100
8 Poland Poland 8,872,440
9 France France 6,834,680
10 Netherlands Netherlands 6,534,340
11 Belarus Belarus 5,985,810
12 United Kingdom United Kingdom 5,373,000
13 Iran (Islamic Republic of) Iran (Islamic Republic of) 5,164,890
14 Egypt Egypt 5,029,020
15 Algeria Algeria 4,782,690
16 Turkey Turkey 4,750,000
17 Peru Peru 4,400,300
18 Canada Canada 4,324,110
19 Pakistan Pakistan 4,000,360
20 Brazil Brazil 3,851,400
21 Kazakhstan Kazakhstan 3,545,700
22 Belgium Belgium 3,402,790
23 Uzbekistan Uzbekistan 2,925,020
24 Nepal Nepal 2,805,580
25 Romania Romania 2,689,730

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Agricultural Statistics World

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Potato Area Harvested in 2015: 18,978,600.00 ha Aggregated Data
Potato Yield in 2015: 198,545.00 hg/ha Calculated data
Sweet Potato Production in 2015: 103,881,000.00 tonnes Aggregated Data
Sweet Potato Area Harvested in 2015: 8,341,060.00 ha Aggregated Data
Sweet Potato Yield in 2015: 124,542.00 hg/ha Calculated data
Potato Production in 2014: 381,682,000.00 tonnes Aggregate, may include official, semi-official, estimated or calculated data
Potato Production in 2014: 380,967,000.00 tonnes Aggregated Data

Consumption Statistics World


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Sweet Potatoes, Consumption (Crop Equivalent) in 2008: 8.61 kg/capita/year Calculated data
Potatoes (Fresh and Processed), Consumption (Crop Equivalent) in 2007: 31.90 kg/capita/year Calculated data
Sweet Potatoes, Consumption (Crop Equivalent) in 2007: 8.34 kg/capita/year Calculated data
Potatoes (Fresh and Processed), Consumption (Crop Equivalent) in 2006: 31.10 kg/capita/year Calculated data
Sweet Potatoes, Consumption (Crop Equivalent) in 2006: 9.39 kg/capita/year Calculated data
Potatoes (Fresh and Processed), Consumption (Crop Equivalent) in 2005: 33.65 kg/capita/year Calculated data
Sweet Potatoes, Consumption (Crop Equivalent) in 2005: 10.77 kg/capita/year Calculated data