Tomatoes - the world's most popular vegetable


The Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition works with governments and other stakeholders to ensure the supply and increase the demand for the nutritious tomato. As well as on creating incentives and modifying rules and regulations to encourage production and consumption of nutritious and safe foods, we seek to understand, and tackle barriers faced by small and medium enterprises (SMEs). The goal? To ensure that nutritious foods - like tomatoes - are available, affordable, desirable, and convenient,  and especially for low-income populations.

Tomatoes are the world’s most popular vegetable. With some 182M tonnes produced globally in 2017, it represents 17% of all vegetables produced, ahead of the next most popular – onions, which come in at 9%. 

In countries where the Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN) main offices are located, tomatoes vary in abundance - with the average supply from approximately one tenth of a medium-sized (60g) tomato per person per week in Ethiopia, to four medium-sized tomatoes per person per week in India, and up to 12 medium-sized tomatoes per person per week in the US.

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