After a sharp fall in production, pepper exports from India last year plummeted far beyond the expectations of the International Pepper Community (IPC), a conglomeration of six member countries producing 80% of the world's pepper production. While, on a global scale, exports had risen by about 6% on 1999 figures, the IPC commented that: "Exports from India during 2000 have shown a steep decline from 47,000 tonnes in 1999 to 23,000 tonnes."