While potato production may be falling in Australia, global production overall has doubled in the last 20 years. With the exception of Europe, there has been a general increase world-wide, particularly in the developing countries. In Europe, people eat an estimated 93 kg of potatoes a year while those in the developing countries consume on average around 22 kg a year.  Consumption per capita of potatoes has more than doubled in the developing countries in the last 40 years and is expected to continue to increase strongly.  However, the reverse is true in developed countries.

Internationally, Australia ranks well down the list of potato growing countries in about 35th place, with less populous nations such as Denmark, Rwanda, Belgium, Malawi and Kazakhstan, growing more. The world's largest producer of potatoes is China (73.0 million tonnes in 2008); Russia (36.4 million tonnes), India (25.0 million tonnes), the Ukraine (19.5 million tonnes), and the United States of America (19.1 million tonnes) are the next biggest producers.