Countries that Produce the Most Palm Oil

Can you name the countries that produce the most palm oil?
Quiz by Gamer1162
Last updated: October 18, 2021
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Metric Tons
40.6 m
19.5 m
2.78 m
1.65 m
1.13 m
875 k
653 k
Metric Tons
648 k
Papua New Guinea
560 k
450 k
Ivory Coast
362 k
313 k
300 k
250 k
Costa Rica
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198 k
188 k
125 k
115 k
99 k
D. R. Congo
90 k
Level ∞
Oct 18, 2021
Palm oil is pretty bad for a few reasons.

1) Pristine rainforest is being bulldozed to make room for palm plantations

2) Workers are often mistreated

3) Palm oil (and other vegetable oils) are a possible cause of the obesity epidemic

Level 67
Oct 18, 2021
Description is wrong; says answer only 10 countries
Level ∞
Oct 18, 2021
Fixed, thanks.
Level 75
Oct 18, 2021
I wish it had been only the top 10 - I would have done a lot better!
Level 66
Apr 16, 2024
You'd have to guess Côte d'Ivoire, Guatemala, and Honduras with much fewer trend countries
Level 70
Oct 18, 2021
Who needs nature when you can have that cash.
Level 71
Oct 20, 2021
I don't know, why don't you ask the orangutans?
Level 83
Oct 19, 2021
In the part of Borneo where I live, there are only miles and miles of endless oil palm plantations if I drive between major towns. Hardly do I ever see natural rainforests on those routes.
Level 49
Oct 21, 2021
The use of palm oil is a complicated issue; far more complex than a simplistic "bad for the environment" statement.

There was an excellent and detailed article a couple of years in The Guardian (usually a bit too woke for me, but in the case of this article they were very pragmatic rather than idealistic).

Basically the issue is that the oil palm is exceptionally efficient at photosynthesis "...and yields five times as much oil per acre as rapeseed, almost six times as much as sunflower and more than eight times as much as soybeans. Boycotts of palm oil will only lead to its replacement by other crops needing far more farmland and likely more deforestation..."

A solution needs to be demand-driven: FMCG companies need to figure out ways to reduce the use without consumers asking why their biscuits are no longer crunchy, shampoos not longer foamy etc.

Level 49
Apr 10, 2022
:( I typed in côte d’lvoire and it wasted exactly about 55.69 seconds of my time typing this comment too
Level 90
Apr 10, 2022
Once you recognize patterns this quiz becomes pretty easy. The West African countries threw me off though.
Level 54
Apr 10, 2022
I knew about SE Asia and West Africa, I was more surprised with how much is in Central America.
Level 68
Apr 10, 2022
Same. I missed all of the CA countries. I specifically didn’t guess them, thinking they were too small. Got everything else.
Level 54
Apr 10, 2022
I knew about SE Asia and West Africa, I was more surprised with how much is in Central America.
Level 36
Nov 11, 2022
i was about to give up, but i keep going and got them all. good quiz highly recomended.
Level 45
May 6, 2024
Palm Oil is a horrible thing, yet you made it into a great quiz!