Cashew Nut Production

Based on a comparison of 33 countries in 2018, Vietnam ranked the highest in cashew nut production with 2,663,885 tonnes followed by India and Ivory Coast. On the other end of the scale was Malawi with 214 tonnes, China with 223 tonnes and Dominican Republic with 652 tonnes.

Total cashew nut production reached 5,932,507 tonnes in 2018 in the World according to Faostat. This is 11.2% more than in the previous year and 32.2% more than 10 years ago.

Historically, total cashew nut production reached an all time high of 5,932,507 tonnes in 2018 and an all time low of 287,535 tonnes in 1961. The average annual growth amounted to 5.45% since 1961.

The top ranked country, Vietnam, accounted for 44.9 % of cashew nut production in the world. The top 3 countries hold a 69.7 % share while the ten largest countries some 90.2% in 2018.

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Country Unit 1980 1981 1982 1983 1984 1985 1986 1987 1988 1989 1990 1991 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018
Angola tonnes                                                                 2,000 1,980 2,005 2,010 2,071    
Belize tonnes ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ...                           430 228 2.00 24.0 ... ... ...
Benin tonnes                                                                 162,986 198,172 201,818 225,230 125,728    
Brazil tonnes                                                                 80,630 109,679 107,713 103,363 74,568    
Burkina Faso tonnes                                                                 60,000 115,000 90,000 110,000 100,000    
China tonnes                                                                 356 283 266 189 246    
Colombia tonnes ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ...                                           5,860 3,956 6,513 25,441 70,548    
Dominican Republic tonnes                                                                 700 700 685 730 682    
El Salvador tonnes                                                                 1,651 1,435 1,113 804 946    
Gambia tonnes ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ...         2,800 2,928 2,852 2,824 2,868    
Ghana tonnes ... ... ... ... ... ... ...                                                   40,000 42,000 50,000 50,000 78,268    
Guinea tonnes ... ... ... ... ...                                                       8,500 8,600 13,000 9,000 10,000    
Guinea Bissau tonnes                                                                 117,573 137,210 158,302 137,695 156,466    
Honduras tonnes ... ... ... ... ... ...                                                     2,000 2,002 2,024 2,057 2,057    
India tonnes                                                                 725,000 753,000 753,000 745,000 671,000    
Indonesia tonnes                                                                 116,915 116,000 131,200 137,580 137,094    
Ivory Coast tonnes                                                                 450,000 513,289 550,000 703,000 650,000    
Kenya tonnes                                                                 29,026 21,086 22,140 28,410 24,954    
Madagascar tonnes                                                                 7,000 7,000 7,098 7,116 7,060    
Malawi tonnes ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ...                                           219 218 225 274 132    
Malaysia tonnes                                                                 16,000 15,541 15,518 15,930 16,185    
Mali tonnes                 ... ... ...                                           43,823 39,498 72,009 65,699 70,891    
Mexico tonnes     ...   ...               ... ...                                     4,423 4,360 4,227 4,288 3,603    
Mozambique tonnes                                                                 64,731 83,000 63,080 81,240 104,179    
Myanmar tonnes ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ...                       1,300 1,320 1,389 1,336 1,348    
Nigeria tonnes                                                                 412,755 192,660 99,010 97,149 98,291    
Peru tonnes ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ...                                               2,706 2,778 2,757 2,556 2,663    
Philippines tonnes                                                                 132,541 146,289 170,853 205,531 216,398    
Senegal tonnes ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ...                                                 6,650 7,237 7,788 7,225 10,000    
Sri Lanka tonnes                                                                 6,510 6,426 6,378 6,438 18,511    
Tanzania tonnes                                                                 160,000 127,947 130,124 197,933 152,001    
Thailand tonnes                                                                 28,260 26,930 26,400 22,060 21,497    
Togo tonnes ... ... ... ... ... ... ...                                                   6,800 7,113 7,433 7,115 7,221    
Vietnam tonnes                                                                 1,250,064 1,110,800 980,000 1,408,116 1,221,070    
World tonnes                                                                 3,949,779 3,806,437 3,686,921 4,413,363 4,058,545