Double Y-axis chart of worldwide cereals production per capita from 1961 to 2007. Production grew from 877 million tonnes in 1961 to 2,351 in 2007, at an annual average rate of 2.17%.  Meanwhile world population grew from 3.1 billion in 1961 to 6.7 billion in 2007, at an annual average rate of 1.7%. Cereals production per capita increased from 284 to 352 kilograms per person, at an annual average rate of 0.5%.

Worldwide cereals production grew at a faster rate than population, enabling the per capita ratio to improve by 24% from 1961 (284 kg/person) to 2007 (352 kg/person). That is the good news. The less good news however is the decaying trend that cereals production per capita took in the recent decades. After reaching the peak of 375 kg/person in 1981, it started to decline slowly but steadily, having lost 6.2 percent points by 2007 (annual change average rate of -0.28%). This is a bad omen for the plans to eradicate hunger.
[Primary Y-axis: per capita production in kilogram/person. Secondary Y-axis: population in millions. Dots represent actual data, for which the corresponding regression line is provided in the same colour.]

 

World
Cereals Production Per Capita

Year

Population
(million)

Production
(million tonnes)

Production/person
(kilogram kg)

19613,090877284
19623,150933296
19633,212949296
19643,2771,001306
19653,343999299
19663,4111,079316
19673,4811,124323
19683,5521,161327
19693,6251,171323
19703,6991,193322
19713,7731,300344
19723,8491,259327
19733,9251,357346
19744,0011,327332
19754,0761,360334
19764,1511,464353
19774,2251,456345
19784,3001,582368
19794,3751,538351
19804,4511,550348
19814,5291,633360
19824,6081,693367
19834,6891,627347
19844,7711,787375
19854,8551,821375
19864,9411,834371
19875,0291,772352
19885,1181,727338
19895,2071,871359
19905,2951,952369
19915,3821,890351
19925,4671,974361
19935,5521,903343
19945,6361,956347
19955,7191,898332
19965,8022,072357
19975,8832,095356
19985,9642,084349
19996,0452,085345
20006,1242,060336
20016,2032,108340
20026,2812,031323
20036,3592,089328
20046,4372,281354
20056,5152,267348
20066,5932,239340
20076,6712,351352
Average change/year1.7%2.2%0.5%

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Sources: see FAOSTAT for cereals production data, and United Nations Statistics Division for population data.

 

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