Global potato production 2002-2018

China is the biggest producer of potatoes worldwide, with about one third of the world’s potatoes produced in China and India. According to FAO estimates, in 2018, over 368 million metric tons of potatoes were produced worldwide, a substantial increase from 333.6 million tons in 2010.

Potato production

Potatoes are essential crop and are recommended as a food security crop by the United Nations. Potatoes can grow in any climate and conditions. They take less time to grow and need less input than other vegetables and they can be replanted as seed potatoes. Potatoes provide high food energy and complex carbohydrates while taking up a smaller unit of land than other alternatives. In 2018, more than 17 million hectares of potatoes were harvested worldwide.

Sweet potatoes

The global sweet potato market has grown over the past few years. In 2018, the global production of fresh sweet potatoes amounted to about 92 million metric tons, increasing from 91 million tons in the previous year. China is the leading producer within the sweet potato market responsible for more than 70 percent of global production.

Potato production worldwide from 2002 to 2018

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Release date

February 2020



Survey time period

2002 to 2018

Special properties

Data accessed on February 1, 2020

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Numbers have been rounded to provide a better understanding of the statistic.

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