Asia dominates global fruit and vegetable production

Wed 27/10/2021 by Richard Wilkinson
Fruits and vegetables displayed at Fruit Logistica 2020. Copyright: Alexandra Sautois, Eurofresh Distribution.

Over three-quarters of the world’s vegetables are produced in Asia, according to an AgrarMarkt Austria (AMA) report. In 2019, global vegetable production amounted to around 1.1 billion tons, in line with previous years. FAO data shows that the global vegetable production area expanded in 2019 and totalled 59.4 million hectares – up 5% from the previous year. 

Asia also leads the way in terms of fruit production, with a 73% share of the world’s acreage. Europe occupies second place (18%), followed by Africa (5%). China is by far the largest fruit producer in the world, particularly for melons, apples, pears and citrus. India covers the national and international market with bananas and a wide range of tropical fruits. The global fruit production area in 2019 totalled around 65 million hectares, up 1.7% from the previous year.

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