Which Country Produces the Most Sesame Oil?

Sesame Oil Production (tonnes), 2014
Agriculture | February 22, 2018
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Based on a comparison of 60 countries in 2014, Tanzania ranked the highest in sesame oil production with 544,293 tonnes followed by Myanmar and China. On the other end of the scale was Cyprus with 12.0 tonnes, El Salvador with 45.0 tonnes and Ukraine with 45.0 tonnes.

Total sesame oil production reached 1,133,084 tonnes in 2014 in the World according to Faostat. This is 2.27 % more than in the previous year and 16.5 % more than 10 years ago.

Historically, total sesame oil production reached an all time high of 1,145,173 tonnes in 2012 and an all time low of 399,119 tonnes in 1961. The average annual growth amounted to 1.99 % since 1961.

The top ranked country, Tanzania, accounted for 48.0 % of sesame oil production in the world. The top 3 countries hold a 96.8 % share while the ten largest countries some 125 % in 2014.

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

Sesame Oil Production Unit 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014
China tonnes 181,000 203,400 219,800 230,600 225,300
Germany tonnes 11,011 9,323 12,387 13,050 12,260
India tonnes 100,500 117,300 99,700 128,800 122,100
Iran tonnes 22,058 18,518 22,954 27,518 15,187
Japan tonnes 43,640 41,525 45,743 45,400 44,836
Mexico tonnes 9,600 10,400 11,100 13,100 13,800
Myanmar tonnes 312,710 317,770 321,800 324,000 341,000
Saudi Arabia tonnes 15,890 12,961 15,286 17,737 21,118
South Korea tonnes 25,200 26,259 21,961 26,684 26,719
South Sudan tonnes ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... 42,500
Sudan tonnes ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... 43,200
Taiwan tonnes 8,216 17,680 18,118 16,395 15,576
Tanzania tonnes 6,551 6,984 19,228 5,529 17,715
Turkey tonnes 26,351 28,798 32,280 30,368 34,238
Uganda tonnes 25,800 26,500 27,700 28,800 30,700