Top Crop-Based Agricultural Export Commodities  in the World and in These Six Countries   
Ben G. Bareja, Aug. 2014

Table AEC-1. List of top 20 food and agricultural export commodities originating or processed from agricultural crops in the world and in selected six countries for 2011 based on total production tonnage (constructed from FAOStat lists for 2011). 

UNITED UNITED SOUTH
RANK WORLD STATES KINGDOM AFRICA INDIA AUSTRALIA PHILIPPINES
1 wheat maize wheat maize cake,
soybeans
wheat bananas
2 maize soybeans barley oranges rice–total
(rice milled
equivalent)
barley oil, coconut
(copra)
3 soybeans wheat rapeseed wine maize sugar raw
centrifugal
sugar raw
centrifugal
4 cake,
soybeans
cake,
soybeans
beer of
barley
apples cotton lint rapeseed cake,
copra
5 oil, palm forage
products
potatoes grapes sugar
refined
forage
products
molasses
6 rice–total
(rice milled
equivalent)
sorghum sugar
refined
grapefruit
(inc pomelos)
cake,
rapeseed
cotton lint pineapples
7 sugar raw
centrifugal
rice–total
(rice milled
equivalent)
flour,
wheat
pears onions, dry wine pineapples,
canned
8 barley cotton lint malt lemons and limes sugar raw centifugal cotton seed coconuts, dessicated
9 sugar
refined
oil,
soybean
oil,
rapeseed
sugar
refined
groundnuts,
shelled
malt juice,
pineapple,
conc
10 bananas potatoes,
frozen
broad beans,
horse beans,
dry
flour,
maize
sesame
seed
molasses tobacco,
unmanu-
factured
11 rapeseed apples cereals,
breakfast
sugar raw
centrifugal
oil, castor
beans
chick peas rubber
natural dry
12 flour,
wheat
oranges bread tangerines,
mandarins,
clementines,
satsumas
oil, castor
beans
rice–total
(rice milled
equivalent)
mangoes,
mangos-
teens,
guavas
13 beer of
barley
bran,
wheat
oats rolled flour,
wheat
molasses lentils juice,
pineapple
14 potatoes bananas wine oil,
soybean
tea broad beans,
horse beans,
dry
cigarettes
15 wine potatoes cake,
soybeans
plums
and sloes
chillies and
peppers, dry
peas, dry flour,
wheat
16 oil,
soybean
almonds,
shelled
beans, dry oil, sunflower coffee,
green
sugar
refined
onions,
dry
17 cake,
rapeseed
wine sugar raw
centrifugal
potatoes tomatoes oats cereals,
breakfast
18 apples grapes linseed onions,
dry
mangoes,
mangosteens,
guavas
oil,
rapeseed
beer of
barley
19 cotton lint juice, orange
single strength
cake,
rapeseed
soybeans potatoes oranges Manila fibre
(abaca)
20 rubber
natural dry
beet pulp rice–total
(rice milled
equivalent)
rice–total
(rice milled
equivalent)
tobacco,
unmanufactured
beans, dry soya sauce

Note: The above list of top 20 food and agricultural export commodities in the world and in six countries namely the United States of America, United Kingdom, South Africa, India, Australia and the Philippines is a self-made list based on the top 10 and top 50 list of exported food and agricultural commodities provided by FAOStat (click here to go to FAOStat Home page). The year 2011 is its most recent entry. The countries are my own choosing, seeking only to make a comparison from around the world.

Aiming to show  what possibly are the top export crops in these countries, the author disregarded those commodities termed by broad classifications, notably those “not elsewhere specified” or nes. Livestock commodities were likewise excluded. To be clear, however, the listing of any export commodity (example, beer of barley) does not necessarily mean that the crop (barley) is produced domestically or the country is a top producer of the specified agricultural crop.

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