At the time of the Spanish and Portuguese conquest, groundnut was widely grown in South America. By the latter part of the 16th century it had spread to West Africa and soon after to South Asia. It is currently grown on about 22 million hectares worldwide, an area roughly equal in size to the United Kingdom. 

38.6 million - Global annual production (tons) of groundnuts

95% – Developing country share of global production

68% – Asia's share

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