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Which Countries Produce the Most Wheat?


This post is by Carmen Ang from Visual Capitalist


A map of the world's largest wheat producers from 2000-2020

Visualizing Global Wheat Production by Country (2000-2020)

Wheat is a dietary staple for millions of people around the world.

After rice and corn (maize), wheat is the third most-produced cereal worldwide, and the second-most-produced for human consumption. And considering wheatโ€™s importance in the global food system, any impact on major producers such as droughts, wars, or other events, can impact the entire world.

Which countries are the largest producers of wheat? This graphic by Kashish Rastogi visualizes the breakdown of 20 years of global wheat production by country.

Top 10 Wheat Producing Countries

While more than 80 different countries produce wheat around the world, the majority of global wheat production comes from just a handful of countries, according to data from The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO).

Here’s a look at the top 10 wheat-producing countries worldwide, based on total yield in tonnes from 2000-2020:

RankCountryContinentTotal yield (tonnes, 2000-2020)% of total (2000-2020)
#1๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ณ ChinaAsia & Oceania2.4 B17.0%
#2๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ณ IndiaAsia & Oceania1.8 B12.5%
#3๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡บ RussiaAsia & Oceania1.2 B8.4%
#4๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ U.S.Americas1.2 B8.4%
#5๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท FranceEurope767 M5.4%
#6๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ CanadaAmericas571 M4.0%
#7๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ช GermanyEurope491 M3.5%
#8๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡ฐ PakistanAsia & Oceania482 M3.4%
#9๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡บ AustraliaAsia & Oceania456 M3.2%
#10๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ฆ UkraineEurope433 M3.1%

China, the worldโ€™s largest wheat producer, has yielded more than 2.4 billion tonnes of wheat over the last two decades, (Read more...)

Visualizing the Current State of the Global Gender Gap


This post is by Carmen Ang from Visual Capitalist


Map showing gender gaps in each region

The Current State of the Global Gender Gap

As a global society, we still have a long way to go before we reach gender equality around the world.

According to the World Economic Forumโ€™s (WEF) latest Global Gender Gap Report, it could take up to 135.6 years to close the global gender gap, based on the current rate of change.

This graphic by Sebastian Grรคff gives a breakdown of gender equality worldwide, showing how long it will take before each region reaches gender parity.

How Gender Gap is Measured

In its 15th edition, the Global Gender Gap Report analyzes gender-based discrepancies across 156 different countries. To gauge each regionโ€™s gender gap, the report digs into four key areas:

  1. Economic Participation and Opportunity
  2. Educational Attainment
  3. Health and Survival
  4. Political Empowerment

Each subindex is given its own score, then an average across the four pillars is calculated to give each country a final score between zero (exceptionally unequal) and one (completely equal).

Regional Breakdown

Out of all the regions, Western Europe has the smallest gender gap, with a score of 0.78. At this rate, the gender gap in Western Europe could be closed in approximately 52.1 years, more than 83 years faster than the global estimate.

RankRegionOverall Gender Gap Index (2021)
1Western Europe0.77
2North America0.76
3Latin America and the Caribbean0.71
4Eastern Europe and Central Asia0.71
5East Asia and the Pacific0.69
6Sub-Saharan Africa0.67
7South Asia (Read more...)