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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 印度 India 48,605,000
3 Federación Rusa Russian Federation 29,590,000
4 乌克兰 Ukraine 22,208,200
5 Estados Unidos United States 20,017,400
6 德国 Germany 11,720,000
7 Bangladesh Bangladesh 10,216,000
8 Polonia Poland 9,171,730
9 荷兰 Netherlands 7,391,880
10 法国 France 7,342,200
11 Bielorrusia Belarus 6,414,760
12 英国 United Kingdom 6,218,000
13 伊朗 Iran 5,102,340
14 土耳其 Turkey 4,800,000
15 秘鲁 Peru 4,776,290
16 Algeria Algeria 4,606,400
17 Bélgica Belgium 4,416,660
18 Canada Canada 4,410,830
19 Egipto Egypt 4,325,480
20 巴基斯坦 Pakistan 4,142,400
21 Brazil Brazil 3,656,850
22 哈萨克斯坦 Kazakhstan 3,551,110
23 Rumanía Romania 3,116,910
24 Colombia Colombia 2,819,030
25 乌兹别克斯坦 Uzbekistan 2,793,690

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Agricultural Statistics World

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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
Potato Area Harvested in 2014: 19,098,300.00 ha Aggregate, may include official, semi-official, estimated or calculated data

Consumption Statistics World

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Potatoes (Fresh and Processed), Consumption (Crop Equivalent) in 2004: 34.08 kg/capita/year Calculated data Potatoes (Fresh and Processed)
Sweet Potatoes, Consumption (Crop Equivalent) in 2004: 10.94 kg/capita/year Calculated data Sweet Potatoes
Potatoes (Fresh and Processed), Consumption (Crop Equivalent) in 2003: 32.59 kg/capita/year Calculated data Potatoes (Fresh and Processed)
Sweet Potatoes, Consumption (Crop Equivalent) in 2003: 11.03 kg/capita/year Calculated data Sweet Potatoes
Potatoes (Fresh and Processed), Consumption (Crop Equivalent) in 2002: 32.57 kg/capita/year Calculated data Potatoes (Fresh and Processed)
Sweet Potatoes, Consumption (Crop Equivalent) in 2002: 11.25 kg/capita/year Calculated data Sweet Potatoes
Potatoes (Fresh and Processed), Consumption (Crop Equivalent) in 2001: 31.92 kg/capita/year Calculated data Potatoes (Fresh and Processed)