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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 Africa


Source: FAOSTAT (Retrieval Date: September 16, 2018)

Rank Country Potato Production 2016 in tonnes
1 Egypt Egypt 5,029,020
2 Algeria Algeria 4,782,690
3 South Africa South Africa 2,150,840
4 Morocco Morocco 1,743,620
5 Kenya Kenya 1,335,880
6 Nigeria Nigeria 1,246,380
7 Malawi Malawi 1,043,340
8 Ethiopia Ethiopia 921,403
9 Rwanda Rwanda 751,284
10 Angola Angola 721,476

Agricultural Statistics Africa

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Potato Production in 2016: 24,501,900.00 tonnes Aggregated Data
Potato Area Harvested in 2016: 1,767,960.00 ha Aggregated Data
Potato Yield in 2016: 138,588.00 hg/ha Calculated data
Sweet Potato Production in 2016: 21,316,900.00 tonnes Aggregated Data
Sweet Potato Area Harvested in 2016: 4,187,770.00 ha Aggregated Data
Sweet Potato Yield in 2016: 50,903.00 hg/ha Calculated data
Potato Production in 2015: 25,953,500.00 tonnes Aggregated Data

Consumption Statistics Africa


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Potatoes (Fresh and Processed), Consumption (Crop Equivalent) in 2011: 18.76 kg/capita/year Calculated data
Sweet Potatoes, Consumption (Crop Equivalent) in 2011: 13.19 kg/capita/year Calculated data
Potatoes (Fresh and Processed), Consumption (Crop Equivalent) in 2010: 19.30 kg/capita/year Calculated data
Sweet Potatoes, Consumption (Crop Equivalent) in 2010: 14.02 kg/capita/year Calculated data
Potatoes (Fresh and Processed), Consumption (Crop Equivalent) in 2009: 17.97 kg/capita/year Calculated data
Sweet Potatoes, Consumption (Crop Equivalent) in 2009: 13.41 kg/capita/year Calculated data
Potatoes (Fresh and Processed), Consumption (Crop Equivalent) in 2008: 18.05 kg/capita/year Calculated data