Which Country Consumes the Most Pigeon Peas in the World?

Other Non-Perennial Crops February 09, 2018
Author: Sergey Avramenko
Head of Global Markets Research Team

Global pigeon peas consumption amounted to 4,982 thousand tonnes in 2015, moving up by +1.9% against the previous year level. Overall, the global pigeon peas consumption indicated a pronounced growth from 2007 to 2015. The trend pattern, however, indicated some noticable fluctuations throughout the analyzed period. The total consumption volume increased at an average annual rate of +4.4%. The growth pace was the most rapid in 2008, when the output figure increased by +23% from the previous year level. Over the period under review, the global pigeon peas consumption reached its maximum volume in 2015, and is likely to continue its growth in the immediate term.

Top Pigeon Pea Consuming Countries in the World

1. India (3628K Tonnes)

2. Myanmar (594K Tonnes)

3. Malawi (385K Tonnes)

4. Kenya (309K Tonnes)

5. Tanzania (276K Tonnes)

Global Pigeon Peas Consumption

With nearly 3,628 thousand tonnes, India became the world’s leading pigeon peas consuming country, mixed up 68% of global consumption. The other major consumers were Myanmar (594 thousand tonnes) and Malawi (385 thousand tonnes), with a share of 11% and 7%, respectively. Moreover, pigeon peas consumption in India surpassed the figures recorded by Myanmar sixfold. They were followed by Kenya with a 6% of global consumption share and Tanzania with a 5% share.

From 2007 to 2015, an average annual growth rate of pigeon peas consumption in India stood at +5.8%. The remaining consuming countries recorded the following average annual growth rates: Myanmar (-1.0% per year) and Malawi (+11.6% per year).

The highest levels of pigeon peas per capita consumption was registered in Malawi (22.35 kg/year), followed by Myanmar (11.02 kg/year), Kenya (6.72 kg/year), Tanzania (5.16 kg/year) and India (2.77 kg/year), while the average per capita consumption of pigeon peas was estimated at 3.15 kg/year in 2015.

In Kenya, per capita pigeon peas consumption has grown noticably (+12.8% per year) in recent years. In 2015, Kenya per capita consumption reached 22.35 kg/year as compared with 2.57 kg/year in 2007.

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