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FAO updates global potato statistics

Dear Readers, in July 2021 Potato News Today published a news article with information related to global potato statistics provided by the FAO via its FAOSTAT database. At the time, the latest FAOSTAT data available was for 2019. The data has been updated in February 2022 and now includes statistics for 2020.

We extracted the 2020 data for potatoes as it relates to “total production” (metric tonnes) and “total area harvested” (hectares), and present the results for 140 potato producing 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 the 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, 2020) – metric tonnes
World total: 359 million

1. China78,183,874
2. India51,300,000
3. Ukraine20,837,990
4. Russian Federation19,607,361
5. United States of America18,789,970
6. Germany11,715,100
7. Bangladesh9,606,000
8. France8,691,900
9. Poland7,848,600
10. Netherlands7,020,060
11. United Kingdom5,520,000
12. Peru5,467,041
13. Canada5,295,484
14. Belarus5,231,168
15. Egypt5,215,905
16. Turkey5,200,000
17. Algeria4,659,482
18. Pakistan4,552,656
19. Iran4,474,886
20. Kazakhstan4,006,780
21. Belgium3,928,910
22. Brazil3,767,769
23. Uzbekistan3,143,818
24. Nepal3,131,830
25. Denmark2,762,900
26. Romania2,698,500
27. Colombia2,625,272
28. South Africa2,546,996
29. Argentina2,426,526
30. Japan2,274,435
31. Spain2,051,830
32. Mexico1,943,910
33. Kenya1,859,776
34. Morocco1,707,068
35. Italy1,434,650
36. Kyrgyzstan1,327,163
37. Malawi1,318,236
38. Bolivia1,317,923
39. Chile1,288,154
40. Indonesia1,282,768
41. Nigeria1,199,324
42. Ethiopia1,141,872
43. Tanzania1,078,270
44. Australia1,076,780
45. Azerbaijan1,037,637
46. Tajikistan986,327
47. Austria885,890
48. Sweden877,200
49. Rwanda858,521
50. Afghanistan855,395
51. Czechia696,220
52. Iraq674,840
53. Serbia664,891
54. North Korea661,092
55. Syrian Arab Republic647,319
56. Lebanon628,409
57. Finland624,400
58. Guatemala589,761
59. Saudi Arabia561,301
60. South Korea553,194
61. New Zealand553,115
62. Israel498,868
63. Sudan493,882
64. Switzerland490,000
65. Venezuela488,155
66. Myanmar483,967
67. Greece450,640
68. Tunisia450,000
69. Angola446,111
70. Bosnia and Herzegovina441,218
71. Armenia437,226
72. Portugal409,640
73. Ecuador408,313
74. Libya366,749
75. Norway361,200
76. Cameroon354,404
77. Mozambique312,583
78. Uganda309,286
79. Turkmenistan303,982
80. Ireland300,150
81. Lithuania296,740
82. Burundi294,666
83. Viet Nam294,090
84. Hungary270,090
85. Guinea266,866
86. Albania254,886
87. Madagascar247,446
88. Mongolia244,262
89. Niger235,635
90. Yemen233,201
91. Mali225,880
92. Georgia208,600
93. North Macedonia193,426
94. Jordan192,746
95. Bulgaria192,330
96. Latvia181,100
97. Croatia174,280
98. Moldova171,899
99. Slovakia166,200
100. Senegal147,985
101. Lesotho128,803
102. Thailand126,864
103. Cuba115,385
104. Philippines113,562
105. Democratic Republic of the Congo103,818
106. Dominican Republic91,972
107. Slovenia89,080
108. Estonia88,390
109. Cyprus80,300
110. Zambia79,980
111. Uruguay73,706
112. Nicaragua68,817
113. Burkina Faso66,786
114. Sri Lanka65,085
115. Palestine60,084
116. Taiwan52,722
117. Costa Rica47,619
118. Bhutan45,500
119. Kuwait43,619
120. Chad39,932
121. Haiti36,922
122. Honduras26,781
123. Panama26,104
124. Montenegro23,526
125. Luxembourg16,370
126. Oman16,146
127. Mauritius15,828
128. Zimbabwe15,189
129. Jamaica14,685
130. Namibia14,328
131. Eswatini8,300
132. Malta7,990
133. Iceland7,379
134. Congo7,025
135. El Salvador6,878
136. Botswana5,260
137. United Arab Emirates4,238
138. Paraguay3,983
139. Laos3,560
140. New Caledonia2,616

Potato area harvested (FAOSTAT, 2020) – hectares
World total: 16,5 million

1. China4,218,188
2. India2,158,000
3. Ukraine1,325,200
4. Russian Federation1,178,098
5. Bangladesh461,351
6. United States of America369,930
7. Peru331,895
8. Nigeria319,024
9. Germany273,500
10. Belarus253,442
11. Poland225,740
12. France214,500
13. Kazakhstan193,806
14. Nepal188,098
15. Pakistan185,360
16. Bolivia182,449
17. Egypt178,608
18. Kenya176,252
19. Romania174,990
20. Netherlands164,500
21. Algeria149,465
22. Turkey147,965
23. North Korea146,737
24. Canada143,616
25. United Kingdom142,000
26. Iran131,073
27. Colombia125,426
28. Tanzania118,455
29. Brazil117,253
30. Rwanda104,494
31. Belgium97,340
32. Uzbekistan92,602
33. Ethiopia85,988
34. Kyrgyzstan76,315
35. Argentina75,793
36. Malawi73,105
37. Japan72,306
38. Angola69,407
39. South Africa68,237
40. Indonesia65,621
41. Spain65,400
42. Denmark62,800
43. Mexico60,855
44. Morocco57,534
45. Azerbaijan56,987
46. Afghanistan53,674
47. Uganda50,559
48. Tajikistan47,492
49. Italy47,350
50. Chile44,145
51. Madagascar41,101
52. Bosnia and Herzegovina39,051
53. Sudan37,311
54. Myanmar31,350
55. Burundi30,212
56. Serbia29,676
57. Syrian Arab Republic27,489
58. Australia27,057
59. Tunisia26,026
60. Venezuela25,208
61. Ecuador24,882
62. Austria24,260
63. Iraq24,120
64. Sweden24,070
65. Czechia23,880
66. South Korea23,599
67. Guatemala23,044
68. Lebanon22,649
69. Democratic Republic of the Congo22,537
70. Moldova22,533
71. Cameroon21,533
72. Finland20,700
73. Armenia20,522
74. Mozambique19,599
75. Saudi Arabia19,487
76. Lithuania18,870
77. Viet Nam18,804
78. Libya18,410
79. Mongolia17,596
80. Portugal17,530
81. Greece15,730
82. Georgia15,700
83. Yemen15,597
84. Turkmenistan15,173
85. Israel14,184
86. Norway13,072
87. North Macedonia12,911
88. Guinea12,800
89. Switzerland10,957
90. New Zealand10,901
91. Hungary10,270
92. Bulgaria9,950
93. Albania9,701
94. Mali9,588
95. Croatia9,330
96. Ireland8,890
97. Latvia8,500
98. Niger7,571
99. Lesotho7,460
100. Philippines7,213
101. Slovakia7,000
102. Thailand6,895
103. Senegal6,277
104. Burkina Faso5,972
105. Cuba5,570
106. Jordan5,161
107. Bhutan4,034
108. Chad3,987
109. Eswatini3,949
110. Cyprus3,800
111. Uruguay3,642
112. Sri Lanka3,565
113. Nicaragua3,443
114. Dominican Republic3,433
115. Estonia3,380
116. Zambia3,187
117. Slovenia2,940
118. Haiti2,917
119. Costa Rica2,745
120. Taiwan2,654
121. Zimbabwe2,389
122. Honduras1,881
123. Palestine1,641
124. Montenegro1,360
125. Central African Republic1,312
126. Botswana1,267
127. Timor-Leste1,235
128. Namibia1,187
129. Panama1,039
130. Jamaica996
131. Kuwait895
132. Mauritius834
133. Congo815
134. Luxembourg620
135. Oman617
136. Malta570
137. Iceland400
138. Mauritania364
139. New Caledonia310
140. Paraguay277

Source: FAO via its FAOSTAT database
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