Which Country Produces the Most Roots and Tubers?

Root and Tuber Production (kt), 2018 or latest
Agriculture | March 17, 2020
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Based on a comparison of 57 countries in 2018, Ethiopia ranked the highest in root and tuber production with 5,488 kt followed by Dem. Republic of the Congo and Pakistan. On the other end of the scale was Singapore with 0.016 kt, Panama with 0.023 kt and Estonia with 0.139 kt.

Total root and tuber production reached 10,531 kt in 2018 in the World according to Faostat. This is 1.08 % more than in the previous year and 14.6 % more than 10 years ago.

Historically, total root and tuber production reached an all time high of 10,531 kt in 2018 and an all time low of 2,398 kt in 1961. The average annual growth amounted to 2.63 % since 1961.

The top ranked country, Ethiopia, accounted for 52.1 % of root and tuber production in the world. The top 3 countries hold a 67.2 % share while the ten largest countries some 87.2 % in 2018.

Data for more countries are available at Root and Tuber Production indicator page.

Root and Tuber Production Unit 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018
Botswana kt 99.0 99.5 100.0 101 101
Colombia kt 119 120 134 143 139
Dem. Republic of the Congo kt 865 860 855 960 994
Ethiopia kt 5,200 5,200 5,221 5,332 5,372
Guinea Bissau kt 100 100 91.8 85.9 87.7
Indonesia kt 400 420 438 417 419
Mexico kt 210 179 187 193 247
Namibia kt 338 350 355 359 360
Nepal kt 156 155 155 167 171
Pakistan kt 507 512 510 509 521
Papua New Guinea kt 333 340 345 347 350
Peru kt 274 281 281 275 267
Swaziland kt 59.0 60.0 61.1 63.7 65.6
Thailand kt 250 254 266 280 287
Venezuela kt 55.0 55.0 62.4 67.0 64.5