Which Country Produces the Most Peppers?

Pepper Production (tonnes), 2014
Agriculture | February 22, 2018
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Based on a comparison of 40 countries in 2014, Vietnam ranked the highest in pepper production with 151,000 tonnes followed by Indonesia and India. On the other end of the scale was Mali with 17.5 tonnes, Bolivia with 27.2 tonnes and Brunei with 27.5 tonnes.

Total pepper production reached 451,031 tonnes in 2014 in the World according to Faostat. This is 4.77 % less than in the previous year and 5.31 % more than 10 years ago.

Historically, total pepper production reached an all time high of 472,526 tonnes in 2013 and an all time low of 71,318 tonnes in 1961. The average annual growth amounted to 3.54 % since 1961.

The top ranked country, Vietnam, accounted for 33.5 % of pepper production in the world. The top 3 countries hold a 63.2 % share while the ten largest countries some 93.6 % in 2014.

Data for more countries are available at Pepper Production indicator page.

Pepper Production Unit 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014
Brazil tonnes 69,600 65,398 52,137 44,610 43,345
Cambodia tonnes 2,557 2,375 2,356 2,304 2,400
China tonnes 27,000 28,000 30,000 29,000 31,000
Ethiopia tonnes 1,100 1,500 2,100 3,100 3,800
Ghana tonnes ... ... 3,584 3,215 3,102 3,082 3,500
India tonnes 47,010 47,400 51,020 52,000 41,000
Indonesia tonnes 80,420 82,834 83,700 87,100 87,841
Madagascar tonnes 5,455 5,010 5,018 4,092 5,000
Malaysia tonnes 22,218 23,210 24,227 25,600 26,000
Mexico tonnes 6,653 6,269 3,640 3,453 3,025
Philippines tonnes 3,426 3,432 3,348 3,369 3,248
Rwanda tonnes ... ... ... ... ... ... 2,600 446 2,500 2,750 2,800
Sri Lanka tonnes 22,870 25,300 26,620 25,770 24,950
Thailand tonnes 5,852 6,730 6,391 4,395 3,504
Vietnam tonnes 128,000 140,000 137,000 146,000 156,000