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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 Russian Federation Russian Federation 29,590,000
4 Ukraine Ukraine 22,208,200
5 United States United States 20,017,400
6 Germany Germany 11,720,000
7 Bangladesh Bangladesh 10,216,000
8 Poland Poland 9,171,730
9 Netherlands Netherlands 7,391,880
10 France France 7,342,200
11 Belarus Belarus 6,414,760
12 United Kingdom United Kingdom 6,218,000
13 Iran (Islamic Republic of) Iran (Islamic Republic of) 5,102,340
14 Turkey Turkey 4,800,000
15 Peru Peru 4,776,290
16 Algeria Algeria 4,606,400
17 Belgium Belgium 4,416,660
18 Canada Canada 4,410,830
19 Egypt Egypt 4,325,480
20 Pakistan Pakistan 4,142,400
21 Brazil Brazil 3,656,850
22 Kazakhstan Kazakhstan 3,551,110
23 Romania Romania 3,116,910
24 Colombia Colombia 2,819,030
25 Uzbekistan Uzbekistan 2,793,690

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Agricultural Statistics World

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Potato Area Harvested in 2014: 18,962,800.00 ha Aggregated Data
Potato Yield in 2014: 200,902.00 hg/ha Calculated data
Potato Yield in 2014: 199,851.00 hg/ha Calculated data
Sweet Potato Production in 2014: 104,574,000.00 tonnes Aggregated Data
Sweet Potato Area Harvested in 2014: 8,376,480.00 ha Aggregated Data
Sweet Potato Yield in 2014: 124,843.00 hg/ha Calculated data
Potato Production in 2013: 376,453,000.00 tonnes Aggregate, may include official, semi-official, estimated or calculated data

Consumption Statistics World


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Sweet Potatoes, Consumption (Crop Equivalent) in 2001: 11.61 kg/capita/year Calculated data
Potatoes (Fresh and Processed), Consumption (Crop Equivalent) in 2000: 32.52 kg/capita/year Calculated data
Sweet Potatoes, Consumption (Crop Equivalent) in 2000: 11.32 kg/capita/year Calculated data
Potatoes (Fresh and Processed), Consumption (Crop Equivalent) in 1999: 31.69 kg/capita/year Calculated data
Sweet Potatoes, Consumption (Crop Equivalent) in 1999: 11.64 kg/capita/year Calculated data
Potatoes (Fresh and Processed), Consumption (Crop Equivalent) in 1998: 31.19 kg/capita/year Calculated data
Sweet Potatoes, Consumption (Crop Equivalent) in 1998: 10.95 kg/capita/year Calculated data