Which Country Produces the Most Palm Oil?

Palm Oil Production (kt), 2018
Agriculture | March 17, 2020
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Based on a comparison of 45 countries in 2018, Indonesia ranked the highest in palm oil production with 40,567 kt followed by Malaysia and Thailand. On the other end of the scale was Suriname with 0.200 kt, Central African Republic with 0.420 kt and Russia with 0.450 kt.

Total palm oil production reached 71,453 kt in 2018 in the World according to Faostat. This is 7.83 % more than in the previous year and 40.7 % more than 10 years ago.

Historically, total palm oil production reached an all time high of 71,453 kt in 2018 and an all time low of 1,476 kt in 1962. The average annual growth amounted to 7.04 % since 1961.

The top ranked country, Indonesia, accounted for 56.8 % of palm oil production in the world. The top 3 countries hold a 88.0 % share while the ten largest countries some 96.2 % in 2018.

Data for more countries are available at Palm Oil Production indicator page.

Palm Oil Production Unit 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018
Brazil kt 310 340 365 400 415
Cameroon kt 240 249 253 260 250
China kt 225 230 233 231 230
Colombia kt 973 1,041 1,110 1,275 1,146
Costa Rica kt 256 300 203 188 251
Ecuador kt 325 495 490 535 587
Ghana kt 122 120 121 124 293
Guatemala kt 310 410 455 522 730
Honduras kt 398 425 469 489 610
Indonesia kt 26,016 27,782 29,278 31,070 31,488
Ivory Coast kt 418 396 400 409 424
Malaysia kt 18,785 19,216 19,667 19,962 17,319
Nigeria kt 940 880 910 940 960
Papua New Guinea kt 485 500 525 500 530
Thailand kt 1,780 1,970 1,854 1,833 1,820