Fresh Fruit: Harvested Area, by year
YearHarvested area,
in million hectares
  • Region: Worldwide
  • Time period: 1990 to 2022
  • Published: Feb 2024

Data Analysis and Insights

Updated: Mar 27, 2024 | Published by: Statistico

Overall Growth in Harvested Area

From 1990 to 2022, the worldwide harvested area of fresh fruit increased by 52.67%, growing from 44.15 million hectares to 67.49 million hectares. This demonstrates a significant upward trend in fruit cultivation area over the past three decades.

Decade of Rapid Expansion

The decade from 1990 to 2000 saw a rapid expansion, with the harvested area growing by 22.08%, from 44.15 million hectares to 53.89 million hectares. This period marked the beginning of sustained growth in fruit agriculture.

Consistency in Annual Growth

Between 2001 and 2021, the harvested area increased every year except for 2008 and 2016, indicating a generally consistent annual growth in fruit cultivation over two decades.

Slight Declines Amidst Growth

Notably, the year 2008 experienced a slight decline in the harvested area, decreasing to 58.90 million hectares from 59.57 million hectares in 2007. Similarly, 2016 saw a reduction to 63.69 million hectares from 64.64 million hectares in 2015, showcasing occasional fluctuations amidst overall growth.

Largest Annual Increases

The largest annual increase occurred between 2019 and 2020, where the harvested area grew by 1.70%, indicating a strong year-over-year growth in the sector.

Steady Growth in Recent Years

The final years in the dataset, from 2018 to 2022, showed a steady growth, with the harvested area increasing from 63.42 million hectares to 67.49 million hectares. This period underscores the continuing expansion of fruit cultivation globally.

Most Significant Decadal Increase

The increase from 53.89 million hectares in 2000 to 67.49 million hectares in 2022 represents the most significant decadal increase in the dataset, highlighting a long-term growth trend in fruit production.

Smallest Growth Rates

Between 2014 and 2015, the growth rate was notably minimal, with an increase of just 0.74 million hectares. This indicates that while the trend over the decades is of growth, some years experienced relatively smaller increments.

Trend of Incremental Increases

The gradual increases year over year, particularly in the last five years of the dataset, suggest a trend of incremental growth in the harvested area, reflecting advancements in agricultural techniques and expansion of cultivable land dedicated to fruit production.

Frequently Asked Questions

In what years was there a decrease in the harvested area?

The years 2008 and 2016 saw slight decreases in the harvested area, reducing to 58.90 million hectares and 63.69 million hectares respectively.

Which period experienced the most significant decadal increase in harvested area?

The increase from 53.89 million hectares in 2000 to 67.49 million hectares in 2022 signifies the most substantial decadal increase in the dataset.

Terms and Definitions

Fresh Fruit refers to any type of fruit that is unprocessed, consumed in its original raw state, and free from any additives or preservatives. They're typically consumed shortly after harvest.

Harvested Area is a term used to describe the total land area, usually measured in hectares or acres, from which a specific crop, in this instance fresh fruit, has been collected or harvested during a specific time period.

Harvest is an agricultural term that refers to the process of gathering mature crops from the fields. In the context of fruit, it means picking the ripe fruits from the plant.

Agricultural Land is land that is primarily used for the purpose of producing crops and rearing animals. It includes arable land, pasture, and land under permanent crops.

Crop Rotation refers to the practice of growing different crops on the same piece of land in sequenced seasons. It is done to restore soil fertility and prevent the buildup of pests and diseases.

Irrigation is the man-made application of water to land or soil. It is used in farming to assist in the growing of crops during periods without sufficient rainfall.

Agricultural Production refers to the total output of the agricultural sector. This includes not just crops, but also livestock, raw materials, and more. In the context of this article, it mainly pertains to the output of harvested fresh fruit.
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