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Global potato statistics: An overview

Dear Readers, I often receive requests related to global potato statistics from industry folks around the world. The most authoritative – and for that matter the only – source that I am aware of in this regard, is the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO). FAO maintains a databasis on many different crops, named FAOSTAT. It provides free access to food and agriculture data for over 245 countries and territories and covers all FAO regional groupings from 1961 to the most recent year available.

FAOSTAT provides a powerful search facility that users can employ and manipulate to obtain data about a chosen crop, although the results can be somewhat overwhelming to some extent. I extracted data for the potato crop related to “production” and “area harvested”, and present the results in the tables below (for 130 countries where potatoes are cultivated). The latest FAOSTAT data available is for 2018.

Readers can of course visit the FAOSTAT website and perform their own searches of the database as preferred – the English version can be accessed here: http://www.fao.org/faostat/en/#data

Please note: The FAOSTAT data presented here might not exactly correlate with the official data provided by government and/or industry organizations for some countries, but it should be close enough.

Potato production (FAOSTAT, 2018) – metric tonnes

World total: 368,168,914 tonnes

1. China90,259,155
2. India48,529,000
4. Ukraine22,503,970
5. Russian Federation22,394,960
6. United States of America20,607,342
7. Bangladesh9,744,412
8. Germany8,920,800
9. France7,870,973
10. Poland7,478,184
11. Netherlands6,029,734
12. Belarus5,865,123
13. Canada5,790,838
14. Iran5,321,188
15. Peru5,121,110
16. United Kingdom5,028,000
17. Egypt4,896,476
18. Algeria4,653,322
19. Pakistan4,591,776
20. Turkey4,550,000
21. Kazakhstan3,806,992
22. Brazil3,688,029
23. Colombia3,107,580
24. Nepal3,088,000
25. Belgium3,045,443
26. Romania3,022,758
27. Uzbekistan2,911,933
28. North Korea2,500,000
29. South Africa2,467,724
30. Argentina2,340,103
31. Japan2,261,945
32.Spain2,010,933
33. Kenya1,870,375
34. Morocco1,869,149
35. Denmark1,806,766
36. Mexico1,802,592
37. Tanzania1,768,154
38. Kyrgyzstan1,446,610
39. Nigeria1,363,358
40. Italy1,307,598
41. Indonesia1,284,762
42. Australia1,188,655
43. Chile1,183,357
44. Bolivia1,160,940
45 Malawi1,125,874
46. Tajikistan964,644
47. Azerbaijan898,914
48. Rwanda847,302
49. Angola806,552
50. Ethiopia743,153
51. Sweden720,200
52. Austria697,931
53. Afghanistan615,684
54. Finland600,300
55. Czechia583,560
56. Guatemala564,314
57. South Korea553,596
58. Syria540,000
59. Myanmar512,443
60. New Zealand511,776
61. Israel511,163
62. Serbia487,909
63. Saudi Arabia482,305
64. Greece465,770
65. Sudan442,988
66. Portugal431,686
67. Latvia426,900
68. Tunisia423,800
69. Switzerland417,156
70. Armenia415,050
71. Bosnia and Herzegovina394,274
72. Lebanon387,791
73. Vietnam376,377
74. Venezuela371,744
75. Libya348,361
76. Hungary330,545
77. Norway326,400
78. Mali310,902
79. Cameroon302,706
80. Burundi302,665
81. Lithuania296,229
82. Iraq294,778
83. Turkmenistan293,533
84. Mozambique273,335
85. Ireland273,000
86. Ecuador269,201
87. Bulgaria261,594
88. Madagascar257,379
89. Albania254,543
90. Yemen248,889
91. Georgia237,500
92. Croatia182,261
93. North Macedonia181,931
94. Jordan177,431
95. Moldova174,774
96. Slovakia169,953
97. Mongolia168,883
98. Niger168,569
99. Uganda162,151
100. Guinea151,326
101. Cuba135,147
102. Lesotho130,602
103. Thailand125,106
104. Philippines117,423
105. Cyprus106,452
106. Democratic Republic of the Congo101,398
107. Costa Rica93,567
108. Sri Lanka88,897
109. Dominican Republic88,557
110. Estonia88,434
111. Uruguay87,000
112. Senegal79,499
113. Slovenia72,917
114. Nicaragua66,167
115. Taiwan62,287
116. Zimbabwe60,521
117. Palestine57,315
118. Bhutan56,792
119. Chad41,583
120. Kuwait36,212
121. Haiti34,475
122. Honduras26,904
123. Montenegro26,098
124. Panama23,941
125. Mauritius17,033
126. Luxembourg16,211
127. Jamaica16,184
128. Oman15,613
129.. Namibia14,520
130. Zambia13,546

Potato area harvested (FAOSTAT, 2018) – hectares

World total: 17,578,672 hectares

1. China4,810,888
2. India2,151,000
3. Ukraine1,319,900
4. Russian Federation1,313,495
5. Bangladesh477,419
6. United States of America414,115
7. Nigeria371,341
8. Peru323,092
9. Poland297,484
10. Belarus271,772
11. Germany252,200
12. Kenya217,315
13. North Korea215,390
14. France199,886
15. Nepal195,268
16. Pakistan193,992
17. Kazakhstan192,326
18. Tanzania190,053
19. Bolivia180,802
20. Egypt176,670
21. Romania173,296
22. Netherlands164,689
23. Iran164,410
24. Algeria149,665
25. Colombia141,299
26. United Kingdom140,000
27. Turkey135,904
28. Canada134,102
29. Angola131,403
30. Brazil118,297
31. Belgium93,331
32. Rwanda92,800
33. Uzbekistan86,443
34. Kyrgyzstan84,428
35. Japan73,281
36. Argentina72,442
37. Indonesia68,683
38. South Africa68,277
39. Malawi68,133
40. Spain67,488
41. Ethiopia66,933
42. Morocco62,033
43. Mexico60,303
44. Azerbaijan59,311
45. Denmark51,961
46. Tajikistan49,643
47. Italy46,429
48. Madagascar43,435
49. Chile41,268
50. Uganda37,754
51. Sudan35,584
52. Bosnia and Herzegovina35,159
53. Myanmar33,468
54. Afghanistan32,400
55. Syria30,000
56. Australia29,740
57. Serbia28,232
58. Burundi27,097
59. South Korea25,772
60. Tunisia25,082
61. Vietnam24,673
62. Sweden23,810
63. Austria23,755
64. Czechia22,889
65. Guatemala22,480
66. Latvia22,100
67. Ecuador22,099
68. Armenia22,062
69. Democratic Republic of the Congo22,002
70. Finland21,400
71. Portugal20,800
72. Cameroon20,449
73. Venezuela19,733
74. Lithuania19,163
75. Saudi Arabia19,149
76. Moldova18,946
77. Georgia18,800
78. Iraq18,780
79. Mozambique18,022
80. Libya17,918
81.Greece16,830
82. Turkmenistan16,697
83. Yemen16,171
84. Lebanon15,355
85. Israel15,036
86. Bulgaria14,096
87. Mali13,689
88. Hungary13,387
89. Mongolia12,925
90. North Macedonia12,691
91. Guinea11,753
92. Norway11,614
93. Switzerland10,613
94. New Zealand10,152
95. Albania9,726
96. Croatia9,272
97. Ireland8,200
98. Slovakia7,760
99. Lesotho7,640
100. Thailand7,639
101. Philippines7,571
102. Cuba6,162
103. Jordan5,795
104. Niger5,672
105. Bhutan5,369
106. Estonia5,205
107. Sri Lanka5,174
108. Chad4,237
109. Cyprus4,223
110. Uruguay4,167
111. Swaziland4,035
112. Costa Rica3,682
113. Zimbabwe3,538
114. Nicaragua3,430
115. Senegal3,356
116. Dominican Republic3,321
117. Slovenia2,812
118. Haiti2,718
119. Taiwan2,654
120. Honduras1,815
121. Zambia1,809
122. Montenegro1,619
123. Central African Republic1,578
124. Palestine1,562
125. Namibia1,201
126. Jamaica1,122
127. Panama960
128. Timor-Leste865
129. Burkina Faso752
130. Mauritius719

Source: FAOSTAT
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