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 Area Harvested in 2014 :1735530.00haAggregated Data
Potato Yield in 2014 :146089.00hg/haCalculated data
Potato Yield in 2014 :136518.00hg/haCalculated data
Sweet Potato Production in 2014 :20673800.00tonnesAggregated Data
Sweet Potato Area Harvested in 2014 :3931540.00haAggregated Data
Sweet Potato Yield in 2014 :52585.00hg/haCalculated data
Potato Production in 2013 :30498600.00tonnesAggregate, may include official, semi-official, estimated or calculated data
Consumption Statistics Africa
Sweet Potatoes , Consumption (Crop Equivalent) in 2001:11.90kg/capita/yearSweet Potatoes
Potatoes (Fresh and Processed) , Consumption (Crop Equivalent) in 2000:13.02kg/capita/yearPotatoes (Fresh and Processed)
Sweet Potatoes , Consumption (Crop Equivalent) in 2000:10.50kg/capita/yearSweet Potatoes
Potatoes (Fresh and Processed) , Consumption (Crop Equivalent) in 1999:12.73kg/capita/yearPotatoes (Fresh and Processed)
Sweet Potatoes , Consumption (Crop Equivalent) in 1999:10.75kg/capita/yearSweet Potatoes
Potatoes (Fresh and Processed) , Consumption (Crop Equivalent) in 1998:11.92kg/capita/yearPotatoes (Fresh and Processed)
Sweet Potatoes , Consumption (Crop Equivalent) in 1998:9.15kg/capita/yearSweet Potatoes
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