Biggest producer of kiwis is Italy with 436 300 t in 2009. Kiwi helped to revive quite a few of stagnating Italian regions. Central Italy appeared to be perfect for kiwis. First grower's name was Campoli, he started planting kiwis challenged by his Swedish friend. He never tried a kiwi before, and could not find any buyer for his first crop of kiwis anywhere. Fortunately over the years his innovation paid itself off. Now Italians eat 7 times more kiwis than Americans (on per capita basis).
Biggest producer per capita is New Zealand with over 83 kg produced in 2008. That's 5-6 kiwis a day for each New Zealander. Globally, 1 285 553 tonnes were produced in 2009, so there were 187 grams of kiwi available for a potential consumer (that's about 5 small kiwis).
Crop of kiwis of 2009 could provide 1 075 000 people with 2000 calories a day, or entire populations of Djibouti and Barbados. Its protein content could provide 810 000 people with 50g a day.
Best crop ever was collected in 2008, 1 313 827 tonnes. In fact 2009 was a first year in history when kiwi production did not grow.
85 893 hectares (0.055% of all permanent crop land in the world )were used worldwide for kiwi production in 2009,a territory similar in size to Singapore and British Virgin Islands, a surprisingly low number for a fruit that is sold in every grocery store.
Retail value of all kiwis of 2009 would be over $16 billion at 50 cents a piece.
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My usual sources are : FAO.org, usda.gov, cia.gov, alibaba.com, many others
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