Countries Producing the Most Sugarcane

Which countries produced the greatest quantity of sugarcane in 2019?
Source: FAO
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Last updated: May 12, 2021
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Metric tons
753 m
405 m
131 m
110 m
66.9 m
59.3 m
32.7 m
32.4 m
Metric tons
29.1 m
29.1 m
29.0 m
United States
20.7 m
19.5 m
South Africa
17.7 m
16.3 m
Metric tons
15.3 m
11.8 m
10.9 m
9.56 m
9.28 m
9.26 m
8.73 m
Level 85
Nov 29, 2018
Sugarcane requires a wet tropical client. So these all make sense except... Australia! Not a very wet place for the most part.
Level 81
Nov 29, 2018
It's a huge country, some parts in the north are totally tropical.
Level 79
Nov 29, 2018
So what do you think Egypt sounds like? Finally got them all. Not so on tea and bananas.
Level 75
Nov 30, 2018
Australia even has tropical rainforest and temperate rainforest. With tree kangaroos. Don't know if they eat sugarcane though...
Level 76
Nov 30, 2018
This is a great song about Australia that even mentions the sugar cane fields. You might need to come for a visit and check the place out. Put it on your bucket list...
Level 53
Mar 16, 2019
Australia was one of the first ones I thought of! Queensland is pure sugarcane country.
Level 60
Mar 16, 2021
Tropical Northern Queensland is full of sugar cane fields. They are absolutely everywhere!
Level 77
Mar 17, 2021
Australia is a big place, we only have one portion of one state producing sugar cane but that still equates to a fairly large amount!
Level 70
Mar 17, 2021
Besides Queensland which I think you are referring to Blizzrd33 there are acres of sugar cane in northern NSW as well.
Level 83
Mar 17, 2021
I was just driving along the road near Murwillumbah in northern NSW the other day and had to pull over to snap a photo of the beautiful view of Mt Warning towering over the expanse of cane fields.
Level 71
May 12, 2021
Egypt makes even less sense
Level 67
May 12, 2021
It does if you've been there! It was a (bad) idea by Nasser, who apparently thought that Egypt could become rich by massive irrigation from the Nile and growing only sugarcane. As a result, they have massive water shortages, and one of the highest rates of diabetes in the world (10th in 2019 - far ahead of the US).
Level 37
Apr 6, 2019
Can't believe that Jamaica and Barbados, two of the greatest exporters of Rum aren't included here.
Level 83
Aug 13, 2019
The greater mystery is the absence of Dominican Republic --- 2nd largest exporter of rum after the US. Cuba is the third largest exporter of rum. Jamaica and Barbados are 5th and 6th
Level 83
Mar 16, 2021
I assumed Dominican Republic as well.
Level 75
Mar 16, 2021
The DR is a fair way off the pace at 565,000 tonnes, which sounds a lot but is less than a tenth of the 20th ranked country.
Level 77
Mar 17, 2021
I was also surprised that the only Caribbean entry was in 20th place in the quiz. A couple of hundred years ago they would have featured more prominently.
Level 70
Mar 17, 2021
I'm too lazy to actually analyze the data, but I would assume that they are pretty large producers per capita (or by land area), but the Caribbean nations are pretty small, especially when compared to Brazil, China, India, Australia, etc.
Level 61
May 12, 2021
That's 753 million metric tons of the Amazon gone.
Level 63
Jul 13, 2022
The sugar cane is planted in the coast, very far from the forest
Level 62
May 13, 2021
Fun fact: after losing all its colonies in the Americas, Spain lost its main source of sugar and therefore a lot of sugarcane started being planted along the coasts of Malaga and Granada (which have an almost tropical climate). Today, my hometown Frigiliana has the last remaining factory of molasses made from refined sugarcane in all of Europe.
Level 59
Aug 3, 2021
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Level 32
Oct 20, 2021
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Level 73
Mar 22, 2022
I was quite surprised that none of the tropical African countries grow sugar cane