These represent almost the entire hemp production on the planet, according to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations.
Hemp has fallen quite low compared to its heyday in the 19th century, when it was used in shipbuilding, mainly for rope production. For a while, it was considered a strategic resource for any country with a navy powered by sails. All that sails required a lot of cordage, and hemp was a convenient source of fiber used in rope production. Hemp rope had its weaknesses, though, mainly its lack of resistance to rot, which required a lot of tarring in order to prevent it. That is why hemp was abandoned once rot-resistant Manila ropes became available.
- The Netherlands
- South Africa