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

Landbouw Statistieken Afrika
Potato Production in 2017 :25011800.00tonnesAggregate, may include official, semi-official, estimated or calculated data
Potato Area Harvested in 2017 :1892630.00haAggregate, may include official, semi-official, estimated or calculated data
Potato Yield in 2017 :132154.00hg/haCalculated data
Sweet Potato Production in 2017 :27720800.00tonnesAggregate, may include official, semi-official, estimated or calculated data
Sweet Potato Area Harvested in 2017 :4715300.00haAggregate, may include official, semi-official, estimated or calculated data
Sweet Potato Yield in 2017 :58789.00hg/haCalculated data
Potato Production in 2016 :24501900.00tonnesAggregated Data
Consumptie Statistiek Afrika
Potatoes (Fresh and Processed) , Consumption (Crop Equivalent) in 2011:18.76kg/capita/yearPotatoes (Fresh and Processed)
Sweet Potatoes , Consumption (Crop Equivalent) in 2011:13.19kg/capita/yearSweet Potatoes
Potatoes (Fresh and Processed) , Consumption (Crop Equivalent) in 2010:19.30kg/capita/yearPotatoes (Fresh and Processed)
Sweet Potatoes , Consumption (Crop Equivalent) in 2010:14.02kg/capita/yearSweet Potatoes
Potatoes (Fresh and Processed) , Consumption (Crop Equivalent) in 2009:17.97kg/capita/yearPotatoes (Fresh and Processed)
Sweet Potatoes , Consumption (Crop Equivalent) in 2009:13.41kg/capita/yearSweet Potatoes
Potatoes (Fresh and Processed) , Consumption (Crop Equivalent) in 2008:18.05kg/capita/yearPotatoes (Fresh and Processed)
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