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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 2014: 1,735,530.00 ha Aggregated Data
Potato Yield in 2014: 146,089.00 hg/ha Calculated data
Potato Yield in 2014: 136,518.00 hg/ha Calculated data
Sweet Potato Production in 2014: 20,673,800.00 tonnes Aggregated Data
Sweet Potato Area Harvested in 2014: 3,931,540.00 ha Aggregated Data
Sweet Potato Yield in 2014: 52,585.00 hg/ha Calculated data
Potato Production in 2013: 30,498,600.00 tonnes Aggregate, may include official, semi-official, estimated or calculated data

Consumption Statistics Africa

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Item-consumption: translated
Sweet Potatoes, Consumption (Crop Equivalent) in 2001: 11.90 kg/capita/year Calculated data Sweet Potatoes
Potatoes (Fresh and Processed), Consumption (Crop Equivalent) in 2000: 13.02 kg/capita/year Calculated data Potatoes (Fresh and Processed)
Sweet Potatoes, Consumption (Crop Equivalent) in 2000: 10.50 kg/capita/year Calculated data Sweet Potatoes
Potatoes (Fresh and Processed), Consumption (Crop Equivalent) in 1999: 12.73 kg/capita/year Calculated data Potatoes (Fresh and Processed)
Sweet Potatoes, Consumption (Crop Equivalent) in 1999: 10.75 kg/capita/year Calculated data Sweet Potatoes
Potatoes (Fresh and Processed), Consumption (Crop Equivalent) in 1998: 11.92 kg/capita/year Calculated data Potatoes (Fresh and Processed)
Sweet Potatoes, Consumption (Crop Equivalent) in 1998: 9.15 kg/capita/year Calculated data Sweet Potatoes