American Journal of Potato Research

, Volume 81, Issue 2, pp 101–109 | Cite as

China’s potato industry and potential impacts on the global market



While China has been the world’s largest potato producer since 1993 and accounted for more than 80% of the increase in global potato production from 1990 to 2002, few studies have analyzed the remarkable growth in China’s potato industry and its potential impacts on the global market. This paper reviews the development and growth of China’s potato industry since 1961, especially since the economic reforms started in 1978, identifies major factors that have contributed to the dramatic growth in China’s potato production in the past two decades, examines the trends of China’s potato production and consumption, and discusses the potential impacts of China’s potato industry on the global market. Results suggest that China’s ongoing transitions in economic system and food-consumption patterns will contribute to further growth in its potato market and China’s potato output may reach 71 mmt in 2006 and 81 mmt in 2010. Furthermore, China as the world’s largest potato producer and a new member of the World Trade Organization (WTO) will play an increasing role in the global market of potatoes and potato products.

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China’s potato industry potato trade French fry WTO regression analysis 


Aún cuando China ha sido el mayor productor de papa en el m undo desde 1993 y es considerado como el reponsable de más del 80% de incremento mondial de la producción de papa durantes los años 1990 al 2000, muy pocos estudios han analizado el notable crecimiento de la industria de papa en China y su impacto potencial en el mercado mondial. Este articulo hace una revisión del desarrollo y crecimiento de la industria de la papa desde 1961, especialmente desde las reformas iniciadas en 1978, identifica los factores principales que han contribuido al dramático crecimiento en la producción de papa en las dos últimas décadas, examina las tendencias de producción y consumo de la papa en China y discute el impacto potencial de la industria de papa en el mercado mundial. Los resultados sugieren que la transición que se está efectuando en los patrones del sistema económico y consumo de alimentes contribuirán a un crecimiento más amplio en su mercado de papa y la producción en China puede llegar a 71 mil millones de toneladas métricas en el año 2006 y 81 mil millones de toneladas métricas en el 2010. Además, China como el mayor productor de papa del mundo y un nuevo miembro de la Organization Mondial de Comercio (WTO), jugará un rol cada vez mayor en el mercado mondial de la papa y productos derivados.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Community Development and Applied EconomicsUniversity of VermontBurlington
  2. 2.Department of Agricultural EconomicsMichigan State UniversityUSA

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