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Global potato statistics: Regional production data

In an article published earlier this week – Global potato statistics: An overview – I explained that the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (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, which is at the moment 2018.

I extracted potato production data from FAOSTAT for countries located in four broad regions in the world (based on FAO’s classification criteria), and present the data in the tables below. The data pertains to countries located in Europe, the Americas, Asia and Africa. Total world potato production in 2018 was 368,168,914 metric tonnes, according to FAOSTAT data.

Readers can 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

Australia and New Zealand, two important potato producing countries, are not included in the regions here, so we provide their data here: According to FAOSTAT data, Australia produced a total of 1,188,655 tonnes of potatoes in 2018, and New Zealand a total of 511,776 tonnes.

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.
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Europe: Country production (metric tonnes) – FAOSTAT, 2018

1. Ukraine22,503,970
2. Russian Federation22,394,960
3. Germany8,920,800
4. France7,870,973
5. Poland7,478,184
6. Netherlands6,029,734
7. Belarus5,865,123
8. United Kingdom5,028,000
9. Belgium3,045,443
10. Romania3,022,758
11. Spain2,010,933
12. Denmark1,806,766
13. Italy1,307,598
14. Sweden720,200
15. Austria697,931
16. Finland600,300
17. Czechia583,560
18. Serbia487,909
19. Greece465,770
20. Portugal431,686
21. Latvia426,900
22. Switzerland417,156
23. Bosnia and Herzegovina394,274
24. Hungary330,545
25. Norway326,400
26. Lithuania296,229
27. Ireland273,000
28. Bulgaria261,594
29. Albania254,543
30. Croatia182,261
31. North Macedonia181,931
32. Republic of Moldova174,774
33. Slovakia169,953
34. Estonia88,434
35. Slovenia72,917
36. Montenegro26,098
37. Luxembourg16,211
38. Malta7,977
39. Iceland6,020

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The Americas: Country production (metric tonnes) – FAOSTAT, 2018

1. United States of America20,607,342
2. Canada5,790,838
3. Peru5,121,110
4. Brazil3,688,029
5. Colombia3,107,580
6. Argentina2,340,103
7. Mexico1,802,592
8. Chile1,183,357
9. Bolivia1,160,940
10. Guatemala564,314
11. Venezuela371,744
12. Ecuador269,201
13. Cuba135,147
14. Costa Rica93,567
15. Dominican Republic88,557
16. Uruguay87,000
17. Nicaragua66,167
18. Haiti34,475
19. Honduras26,904
20. Panama23,941
21. Jamaica16,184
22. El Salvador10,597
23. Paraguay3,851

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Asia: Country production (metric tonnes) – FAOSTAT, 2018

1. China90,259,155
2. India48,529,000
3. Bangladesh9,744,412
4. Iran5,321,188
5. Pakistan4,591,776
6. Turkey4,550,000
7. Kazakhstan3,806,992
8. Nepal3,088,000
9. Uzbekistan2,911,933
10. North Korea2,500,000
11. Japan2,261,945
12. Kyrgyzstan1,446,610
13. Indonesia1,284,762
14. Tajikistan964,644
15. Azerbaijan898,914
16. Afghanistan615,684
17. South Korea553,596
18. Syria540,000
19. Myanmar512,443
20. Israel511,163
21. Saudi Arabia482,305
22. Armenia415,050
23. Lebanon387,791
24. Vietnam376,377
25. Iraq294,778
26. Turkmenistan293,533
27. Yemen248,889
28. Georgia237,500
29. Jordan177,431
30. Mongolia168,883
31. Thailand125,106
32. Philippines117,423
33. Cyprus106,452
34. Sri Lanka88,897
35. Taiwan62,287
36. Palestine57,315
37. Bhutan56,792
38. Kuwait36,212
39. Oman15,613

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Africa: Country production (metric tonnes) – FAOSTAT, 2018

1. Algeria4,653,322
2. Egypt4,896,476
3. South Africa2,467,724
4. Kenya1,870,375
5. Morocco1,869,149
6. Tanzania1,768,154
7. Nigeria1,363,358
8. Malawi1,125,874
9. Rwanda847,302
10. Angola806,552
11. Ethiopia743,153
12. Sudan442,988
13. Tunisia423,800
14. Libya348,361
15. Mali310,902
16. Cameroon302,706
17. Burundi302,665
18. Mozambique273,335
19. Madagascar257,379
20. Niger168,569
21. Uganda162,151
22. Guinea151,326
23. Lesotho130,602
24. Democratic Republic of the Congo101,398
25. Senegal79,499
26. Zimbabwe60,521
27. Chad41,583
28. Mauritius17,033
29. Namibia14,520
30. Zambia13,546

Source: FAOSTAT
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