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Latest global potato statistics now updated

Dear Readers, in August 2020 I published a news article based on data related to global potato statistics provided by the FAO via its FAOSTAT database. At the time, the latest FAOSTAT data available was for 2018. The data has since been updated and now includes statistics for 2019.

I extracted the 2019 data for potatoes as it relates to “total production” and “area harvested”, and present the results for 140 countries in the tables below. 

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. From this page, choose “Production”, and then “Crops and Livestocks” and there you will find several options on how to display which data you prefer to access.

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 for most.

Potato production (FAOSTAT, 2019) – metric tonnes

World total: 370,436,581 tonnes

1. China91,818,950
2. India50,190,000
3. Russian Federation22,074,874
4. Ukraine20,269,190
5. United States of America19,181,970
6. Germany10,602,200
7. Bangladesh9,655,082
8. France8,560,410
9. Netherlands6,961,230
10. Poland6,481,620
11. Belarus6,105,294
12. Canada5,409,739
13. Peru5,331,063
14. United Kingdom5,252,000
15. Egypt5,078,374
16. Algeria5,020,249
17. Turkey4,979,824
18. Pakistan4,869,312
19. Belgium4,027,620
20. Kazakhstan3,912,103
21. Brazil3,696,930
22. Iran3,483,387
23. Colombia3,123,804
24. Nepal3,112,947
25. Uzbekistan3,089,658
26. Romania2,626,790
27. South Africa2,505,775
28. Denmark2,408,700
29. Spain2,259,320
30. Argentina2,209,220
31. Japan2,173,246
32. Kenya2,000,000
33. Morocco1,956,711
34. Mexico1,783,896
35. Nigeria1,396,892
36. Kyrgyzstan1,373,800
37. Italy1,338,430
38. Indonesia1,314,654
39. Bolivia1,256,584
40. Australia1,225,274
41. Malawi1,219,366
42. Chile1,162,568
43. Tanzania1,013,408
44. Azerbaijan1,004,172
45. Tajikistan994,433
46. Rwanda973,408
47. Ethiopia924,528
48. Afghanistan921,122
49. Sweden846,900
50. Austria751,260
51. Serbia702,086
52. North Korea684,587
53. Syrian Arab Republic635,519
54. South Korea630,140
55. Czechia622,600
56. Finland618,900
57. Lebanon572,109
58. Guatemala570,895
59. Israel524,394
60. New Zealand513,532
61. Portugal490,720
62. Myanmar485,823
63. Venezuela477,061
64. Saudi Arabia472,127
65. Greece470,210
66. Sudan465,927
67. Angola455,249
68. Tunisia440,000
69. Switzerland414,337
70. Armenia404,057
71. Iraq392,348
72. Ireland382,370
73. Bosnia and Herzegovina381,308
74. Burundi376,441
75. Cameroon363,556
76. Libya359,457
77. Hungary343,540
78. Viet Nam333,964
79. Norway332,200
80. Lithuania329,780
81. Turkmenistan315,273
82. Mali303,257
83. Mozambique297,812
84. Ecuador275,346
85. Albania260,661
86. Madagascar250,000
87. Yemen233,051
88. Latvia223,700
89. Niger198,392
90. Bulgaria197,410
91. Georgia194,700
92. Mongolia192,240
93. North Macedonia190,527
94. Slovakia182,420
95. Uganda181,904
96. Republic of Moldova176,850
97. Jordan173,653
98. Croatia173,150
99. Guinea162,213
100. Senegal140,000
101. Lesotho130,540
102. Cuba129,500
103. Thailand127,935
104. Philippines116,061
105. Democratic Republic of the Congo102,932
106. Sri Lanka101642
107. Uruguay94,400
108. Dominican Republic93,654
109. Costa Rica83,811
110. Cyprus82,100
111. Estonia80,130
112. Nicaragua73,615
113. Burkina Faso69,379
114. Slovenia65,960
115. Taiwan62,447
116. Palestine59,639
117. Kuwait45,825
118. Haiti44,982
119. Bhutan43,560
110. Chad39,853
111. Zambia38,786
112. Montenegro26,560
113. Honduras26,522
114. Panama25,967
115. Namibia18,655
116. Laos16,049
117. Oman15,766
118. Jamaica15,717
119. Luxembourg15,330
120. Mauritius14,822
121. Zimbabwe12,880
122. El Salvador9,602
123. Malta8,990
124. Eswatini (Swaziland)8,634
125. Iceland8,200
126. Congo6,013
127. Paraguay3,867
128. Cabo Verde2,666
129. New Caledonia2,485
130. Mauritania2,265
131. Botswana1,800
132. Belize1,582
133. Central African Republic1,468
134. Timor-Leste1,378
135. Papua New Guinea1,319
136. United Arab Emirates1,183
137. Faroe Islands1,158
138. Comoros666
139. French Polynesia580
140. Dominica144

Potato area harvested (FAOSTAT, 2019) – hectares

World total: 17,340,986 hectares

1. China4,912,161
2. India2,173,000
3. Ukraine1,308,800
4. Russian Federation1,238,575
5. Bangladesh468,395
6. United States of America381,290
7. Peru329,980
8. Nigeria329,061
9. Poland302,480
10. Germany271,600
11. Belarus266,624
12. Kenya212,976
13. France207,160
14. Pakistan195,654
15. Nepal193,997
16. Kazakhstan192328
17. Bolivia175,708
18. Egypt175,161
19. Romania174,120
20. Netherlands165,730
21. Algeria157,864
22. North Korea147,129
23. United Kingdom144,000
24. Turkey140,766
25. Canada138,339
26. Colombia133,570
27. Brazil116,682
28. Rwanda107,590
29. Iran104,192
30. Belgium98,190
31. Tanzania96,594
32. Uzbekistan89,195
33. Kyrgyzstan79,208
34. Japan72,759
35. Ethiopia70,362
36. Argentina68,457
37. South Africa68,348
38. Indonesia68,223
39. Spain66,650
40. Malawi66,502
41. Angola63,963
42. Morocco62,463
43. Mexico58,442
44. Afghanistan57,066
45. Azerbaijan56,921
46. Denmark56,700
47. Burundi53,689
48. Tajikistan51,576
49. Italy46,810
50. Uganda43,953
51. Chile41,811
52. Madagascar41,495
53. Sudan35,199
54. Bosnia and Herzegovina34,239
55. Serbia34,110
56. Australia32,413
57. Myanmar31,355
58. Tunisia25,686
59. Syrian Arab Republic24,795
60. Venezuela24,498
61. Austria23,970
62. Sweden23,650
63. Czechia22,890
64. Democratic Republic of the Congo22,309
65. Guatemala22,170
66. South Korea21,994
67. Portugal21,650
68. Viet Nam21,621
69. Cameroon21,471
70. Finland21,400
71. Lebanon21,009
72. Armenia20,133
73. Ecuador19,675
74. Saudi Arabia19,062
75. Mozambique18,950
76. Lithuania18,220
77. Libya18,147
78. Republic of Moldova18,099
79. Turkmenistan17,749
80. Mongolia17,034
81. Georgia16,300
82. Greece15,950
83. Yemen15,711
84. Iraq14,033
85. Israel13,973
86. Mali13,459
87. Hungary13,290
88. North Macedonia13,269
89. Guinea12,221
90. Norway11,685
91. Switzerland10,981
92. New Zealand10,317
93. Albania10,164
94. Latvia10,000
95. Croatia9,390
96. Bulgaria9,290
97. Ireland8,670
98. Slovakia8,190
99. Lesotho7,683
100. Philippines7,514
101. Thailand7,179
102. Niger6,596
103. Cuba5,880
104. Senegal5,850
105. Burkina Faso5,599
106. Sri Lanka5,432
107. Jordan4,586
108. Bhutan4,185
109. Eswatini (Swaziland)4,081
110. Uruguay4,053
111. Chad4,006
112. Cyprus3,880
113. Nicaragua3,783
114. Zimbabwe3,645
115. Haiti3,547
116. Dominican Republic3,494
117. Estonia3,400
118. Costa Rica3,328
119. Slovenia2,800
120. Taiwan2,585
121. Central African Republic2,394
122. Zambia2,016
123. Honduras1,843
124. Timor-Leste1,632
125. Montenegro1,620
126. Palestine1,596
127. Namibia1,533
128. Panama1,050
129. Jamaica990
130. Kuwait905
131. Botswana850
132. Mauritius714
133. Congo694
134. Malta690
135. Laos634
136. Iceland600
137. Luxembourg600
138. Oman582
140. Mauritania369

Source: FAOSTAT
Image credit: Ernesto Benavides/Getty Images via the BBC

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