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Африка Africa

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: January 5, 2019)

Rank Country Potato Production 2017 in tonnes
1 Алжир Algeria 4,606,400
2 埃及 Egypt 4,325,480
3 南非 South Africa 2,450,540
4 Marruecos Morocco 1,924,870
5 坦桑尼亚 Tanzania 1,749,210
6 Kenia Kenya 1,519,870
7 Nigeria Nigeria 1,284,370
8 Malawi Malawi 1,226,600
9 Etiopía Ethiopia 932,701
10 Ruanda Rwanda 846,184

Agricultural Statistics Africa

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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
Potato Area Harvested in 2015: 1,763,170.00 ha Aggregated Data

Consumption Statistics Africa

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Sweet Potatoes, Consumption (Crop Equivalent) in 2008: 12.87 kg/capita/year Calculated data Sweet Potatoes
Potatoes (Fresh and Processed), Consumption (Crop Equivalent) in 2007: 16.18 kg/capita/year Calculated data Potatoes (Fresh and Processed)
Sweet Potatoes, Consumption (Crop Equivalent) in 2007: 12.69 kg/capita/year Calculated data Sweet Potatoes
Potatoes (Fresh and Processed), Consumption (Crop Equivalent) in 2006: 16.80 kg/capita/year Calculated data Potatoes (Fresh and Processed)
Sweet Potatoes, Consumption (Crop Equivalent) in 2006: 13.10 kg/capita/year Calculated data Sweet Potatoes
Potatoes (Fresh and Processed), Consumption (Crop Equivalent) in 2005: 17.52 kg/capita/year Calculated data Potatoes (Fresh and Processed)
Sweet Potatoes, Consumption (Crop Equivalent) in 2005: 12.78 kg/capita/year Calculated data Sweet Potatoes