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

Agricultural Statistics Africa
Potato Yield in 2015 :147198.00hg/haCalculated data
Sweet Potato Production in 2015 :20009600.00tonnesAggregated Data
Sweet Potato Area Harvested in 2015 :3907280.00haAggregated Data
Sweet Potato Yield in 2015 :51211.00hg/haCalculated data
Potato Production in 2014 :26391500.00tonnesAggregate, may include official, semi-official, estimated or calculated data
Potato Production in 2014 :25354300.00tonnesAggregated Data
Potato Area Harvested in 2014 :1933180.00haAggregate, may include official, semi-official, estimated or calculated data
Consumption Statistics Africa
Potatoes (Fresh and Processed) , Consumption (Crop Equivalent) in 2004:15.45kg/capita/yearPotatoes (Fresh and Processed)
Sweet Potatoes , Consumption (Crop Equivalent) in 2004:13.03kg/capita/yearSweet Potatoes
Potatoes (Fresh and Processed) , Consumption (Crop Equivalent) in 2003:14.89kg/capita/yearPotatoes (Fresh and Processed)
Sweet Potatoes , Consumption (Crop Equivalent) in 2003:11.57kg/capita/yearSweet Potatoes
Potatoes (Fresh and Processed) , Consumption (Crop Equivalent) in 2002:13.72kg/capita/yearPotatoes (Fresh and Processed)
Sweet Potatoes , Consumption (Crop Equivalent) in 2002:12.40kg/capita/yearSweet Potatoes
Potatoes (Fresh and Processed) , Consumption (Crop Equivalent) in 2001:13.88kg/capita/yearPotatoes (Fresh and Processed)
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