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The Potato Sector
Potato arrived late in Africa, around the turn of the 20th century. In recent decades, production has been in continual expansion, rising from 2 million tonnes in 1960 to over 30 million tonnes in 2013.

Potatoes are grown under a wide range of conditions - from irrigated commercial farms in Egypt and South Africa to intensively cultivated tropical highland zones of Eastern and Central Africa, where it is mainly a small farmer's crop.

In some African countries the production of potatoes is growing very rapidly. Algeria more than doubled its potato production in 5 years, and seems to have overtaken Egypt as the #1 producer in Africa in 2013 - at least based on the preliminary FAO estimate for Egypt. Rwanda also almost doubled its potato production in the last 5 years and now ranks in the top 5 potato producing countries of Africa

Top Potato Producing Countries in Africa

Year: 2013.Source: FAOSTAT, 2015

Rank Country Potato Production [tonnes]
1 Algeria 4,928,028
2 Egypt 4,800,000 (estimate)
3 Malawi 4,535,955
4 South Africa 2,252,000 (estimate)
5 Rwanda 2,240,715
6 Kenya 2,192,885

Consumption Statistics

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Potatoes (Fresh and Processed), Consumption (Crop Equivalent) in 2011: 18.76 kg/capita/year Calculated data
Potatoes (Fresh and Processed), Consumption (Crop Equivalent) in 2010: 19.30 kg/capita/year Calculated data
Potatoes (Fresh and Processed), Consumption (Crop Equivalent) in 2009: 17.97 kg/capita/year Calculated data
Potatoes (Fresh and Processed), Consumption (Crop Equivalent) in 2008: 18.05 kg/capita/year Calculated data
Potatoes (Fresh and Processed), Consumption (Crop Equivalent) in 2007: 16.18 kg/capita/year Calculated data
Potatoes (Fresh and Processed), Consumption (Crop Equivalent) in 2006: 16.80 kg/capita/year Calculated data
Potatoes (Fresh and Processed), Consumption (Crop Equivalent) in 2005: 17.52 kg/capita/year Calculated data

Agricultural Statistics

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Potato Production in 2013: 30,498,600.00 tonnes Aggregate, may include official, semi-official, estimated or calculated data
Potato Seed in 2013: 2,310,590.00 tonnes Aggregate, may include official, semi-official, estimated or calculated data
Potato Area Harvested in 2013: 2,045,990.00 Ha Aggregate, may include official, semi-official, estimated or calculated data
Potato Yield in 2013: 149,065.00 Hg/Ha Calculated data
Potato Production in 2012: 29,254,500.00 tonnes Aggregate, may include official, semi-official, estimated or calculated data
Potato Seed in 2012: 2,310,340.00 tonnes Aggregate, may include official, semi-official, estimated or calculated data
Potato Area Harvested in 2012: 1,958,100.00 Ha Aggregate, may include official, semi-official, estimated or calculated data