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Banana Production Increase 2000 to 2016

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Banana is a tropical/subtropical plant, which best grows in warm, frost-free, climate, and is commercially grown from the equator to latitudes of 30 degrees or more.

The biggest increase in Banana production between 2000 and 2016 happened in India, which more than doubled their harvest, followed by China which almost doubled. The biggest decline happened in Thailand, which almost half their production, followed by Burundi and Panama.

The biggest Banana producing country in 2016 was by far India – almost 30 million tons- , followed by China and Indonesia. Brazil and Ecuador complete the top five. While India is currently producing about 28% of all Bananas, it only exports about 0.1% of their harvest.

European countries that produce bananas commercially are Spain, Greece, Italy, Portugal and Turkey. Until the 1960 Iceland was among them, due to their greenhouses heated with geothermal energy. There are still some greenhouses producing bananas, but not on large scale.

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Technical Notes

Territory size is proportional to the increase in bananas harvested there between 2000 and 2016.

Data sources
This map uses data by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)  (last accessed March 2018). We aim to map as complete data as possible and therefore estimate data for missing values. In some cases, missing data for very small territories is not used in the cartogram and that area is therefore omitted in the map.

All modification to the original data source are noted in our data sheets.

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