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Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations

An overview of global potato statistics

The most authoritative source for global potato statistics is the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO). This organization maintains a database 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.

Potatonewstoday.com extracted data for the potato crop related to “production” and “area harvested”, presenting 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

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