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
2
India
48605000
3
Russian Federation
29590000
4
Ukraine
22208200
5
United States
20017400
6
Germany
11720000
7
Bangladesh
10216000
8
Poland
9171730
9
Germany
8950000
10
Netherlands
7391880
11
France
7342200
12
Belarus
6414760
13
United Kingdom
6218000
14
France
6121000
15
Iran
5102340
16
Belgium
5035000
17
Turkey
4800000
18
Peru
4776290
19
United Kingdom
4751000
20
Algeria
4606400
21
Belgium
4416660
22
Canada
4410830
23
Egypt
4325480
24
Pakistan
4142400
25
Netherlands
4078000
Agricultural Statistics World
Potato Production in 2012 :369335000.00tonnesAggregate, may include official, semi-official, estimated or calculated data
Potato Seed in 2012 :32693600.00tonnesAggregate, may include official, semi-official, estimated or calculated data
Potato Area Harvested in 2012 :19375500.00HaAggregate, may include official, semi-official, estimated or calculated data
Potato Area Harvested in 2012 :19374100.00haAggregate, may include official, semi-official, estimated or calculated data
Potato Yield in 2012 :191270.00Hg/HaCalculated data
Potato Yield in 2012 :190634.00hg/haCalculated data
Potato Production in 2011 :375077000.00tonnesAggregate, may include official, semi-official, estimated or calculated data
Consumption Statistics World
Potatoes (Fresh and Processed) , Consumption (Crop Equivalent) in 1994:27.41kg/capita/yearPotatoes (Fresh and Processed)
Sweet Potatoes , Consumption (Crop Equivalent) in 1994:13.12kg/capita/yearSweet Potatoes
Potatoes (Fresh and Processed) , Consumption (Crop Equivalent) in 1993:28.62kg/capita/yearPotatoes (Fresh and Processed)
Sweet Potatoes , Consumption (Crop Equivalent) in 1993:13.84kg/capita/yearSweet Potatoes
Potatoes (Fresh and Processed) , Consumption (Crop Equivalent) in 1992:28.15kg/capita/yearPotatoes (Fresh and Processed)
Sweet Potatoes , Consumption (Crop Equivalent) in 1992:13.11kg/capita/yearSweet Potatoes
Potatoes (Fresh and Processed) , Consumption (Crop Equivalent) in 1991:25.85kg/capita/yearPotatoes (Fresh and Processed)
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