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Top Net Food-Exporting Countries

What are the countries with the most net exports of agricultural products?
Net exports = exports-imports
Source: FAO. For 2018.
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Last updated: November 24, 2020
First submittedJuly 29, 2017
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Net $
Country
73.6 bil
Brazil
32.0 bil
Netherlands
26.6 bil
Argentina
21.0 bil
Australia
20.6 bil
Thailand
18.8 bil
New Zealand
17.2 bil
Spain
Net $
Country
15.5 bil
Indonesia
14.2 bil
Ukraine
11.6 bil
Canada
11.0 bil
Poland
10.8 bil
France
9.09 bil
India
6.70 bil
Mexico
Net $
Country
6.64 bil
Belgium
5.93 bil
Ivory Coast
5.59 bil
Malaysia
5.03 bil
Chile
4.95 bil
Denmark
4.73 bil
United States
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Level ∞
Jul 29, 2017
Some surprising results! Keep in mind that this is in dollar value. So maybe Netherlands is a net importer of calories, but a net exporter of expensive processed foods. I'm not sure. India is a surprise as well due to their massive population.
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Level 81
Jul 29, 2017
Are flowers considered agricultural products? Netherlands has quite a reputation at selling flowers.
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Level 70
Jul 30, 2017
flowers, cheese and veggies. Like every second tomato I get in the supermarket (western Germany, near to the dutch border) is from the netherlands. Same goes for bell peppers and cucumbers. They have gigantic greenhouses in all of the country
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Level 70
Aug 16, 2017
And eggs might be counted too! There's now an ongoing egg scandal in the Netherlands which also hit Germany, Belgium and the UK, because Dutch 'bad' eggs were exported to them.

Actually, when you only count exports, the Netherlands is the second biggest agri and food exporter in the world, only behind the USA and ahead of Germany, Brazil and China. Exports totalled € 85 billion in 2016, of which only 24 billion comprised products that were imported and processed in the Netherlands. There are lots of very fertile polders, and there is very advanced agricultural knowledge (Wageningen might be the best agriculture university in the world).

See https://www.government.nl/latest/news/2017/01/20/agri-food-exports-achieve-record-high-in-2016 - it's a Dutch gov site, so it's not really an independent source, but I guess they didn't make up the numbers. :)

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Level 87
Nov 25, 2020
It's really bizarre that tiny, severely crowded Netherlands is the #2 net exporter and fertile land rich Russia is one of the biggest net importers.
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Level 71
Mar 10, 2021
I don't think I read the whole article, but I remember the BBC put up something once about how the Netherlands has a bunch of really advanced greenhouses that collectively have the capability to grow massive amounts of crops. I think most of the land that they don't use for cities (or tulips) is used for agriculture.

Russia may be large and have a lot of agricultural land, but as a proportion of the country, it's pretty small. There's not much to grow out in Siberia. And keep in mind that China is produces even more agriculture, and yet is the largest net importer. These lists don't always follow the patterns you'd expect :/

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Level 83
Mar 10, 2021
The Netherlands were the last Western country to suffer a famine, at the end of World War II. They have made agriculture a priority. You should check out their Food Valley region. Tons of research and development going on there. Really fascinating stuff.
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Level 60
Jul 30, 2017
Perhaps they included Heinekin as an agricultural product!!
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Level 67
Oct 31, 2017
And Guiness for Ireland?
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Level 68
Mar 10, 2021
Heineken tastes more like the stuff that is spread over agricultural products
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Level 80
Jul 31, 2017
I don't know about definition of agricultural products, but flowers definitely are, while processed food isn't necessarily included.
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Level 72
Oct 31, 2017
I think an important criteria for something being an 'agricultural' product is its ability to be consumed. When's the last time you had flowers for breakfast? XD
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Level 85
Dec 2, 2020
@TomatosRaafatos, I don't think that's quite right. I would imagine cotton and tobacco are considered agricultural products, but you don't really eat them.

And for what it's worth, flowers are used as food sometimes.

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Level 65
Oct 31, 2017
Netherlands isn't there because of its biggest harbour in western Europe? If the calculation is based on the amount of products value and not the origin of them, maybe this could explain why the Netherlands is so high in this ranking.
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Level 60
Jul 30, 2017
I just got this mail (India) and already 333 people have taken this quiz. How?!
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Level 80
Jul 31, 2017
It was just reset, it's not a new quiz
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Level ∞
Aug 2, 2017
No, it's new. 333 people must have taken it in the first 24 hours.
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Level 84
Oct 14, 2017
What's most surprising is that Spain is not on this list.
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Level 69
Jul 5, 2019
Yeah, I was expecting Spain and Italy.
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Level 77
Oct 31, 2017
With so much winter fruit coming into the US from Chile, I was surprised it wasn't on the list.
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Level 80
Nov 24, 2020
It is now
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Level 75
Oct 31, 2017
Ditto Mexico & Canada
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Level 80
Oct 31, 2017
An eclectic mix of places. Nice to see an export quiz where everyone else isn't dwarfed by china
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Level 72
Nov 28, 2020
Amazing that tiny countries like Denmark and New Zealand are among the top food exporters. Although I do like butter cookies after my lamb chop dinner.
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Level 71
Mar 10, 2021
Actually, New Zealand isn't really tiny in terms of area - it just looks small because of its location. In fact, it is even larger than the UK
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Level 71
Mar 10, 2021
I am surprised by the absence of Russia - I know that it is situated in the far North in the cold, but it has large swathes of fertile Chernozem lands and I even read an article on how the decreased food exports from Russia in 2011 due to bad harvests caused the Arab Spring protests to some extent...
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Level 65
Mar 10, 2021
Pls try my quizzes
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Level 87
Mar 10, 2021
Pls don't try my quizzes
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Level 55
Mar 11, 2021
XD
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Level 64
Mar 10, 2021
Great Quiz QM!
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Level 68
Mar 10, 2021
Very surprised not to see Italy on the list. Is this an oversight? I can't believe that tiny Belgium has a higher net value of food exports.
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Level 74
Mar 12, 2021
similar to the Netherlands...Belgium has highly developed horticulture as well as significant ports
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Level 50
Mar 11, 2021
Denmark more than the US... I'm shook.