Top Cassava Producers in 2017
Also known as manioc, mandioca, yuca (manihot esculenta, syn. m. utilissima); yuca dulce (m. palmata, syn. m. dulcis). A semi-permanent crop grown in tropical and subtropical regions. Sometimes bitter and sweet cassavas are referred to as separate species, the former being M. esculenta and the latter M. palmata, but this is incorrect since the toxicity varies according to location. Cassava is the staple food in many tropical countries. It is not traded internationally in its fresh state because tubers deteriorate very rapidly.
Production of cassava in 2017
World production of cassava in 2017 was 292 million tonnes. It was the 14th most cultivated crop after cereals at 2980 million tonnes, sugar cane at 1842 million tonnes, maize at 1135 million tonnes, wheat at 772 million tonnes and rice at 770 million tonnes, followed by tomatoes at 182 million tonnes, barley at 147 million tonnes, bananas at 114 million tonnes, apples at 83 million tonnes and yams at 73 million tonnes.
Consumption of cassava in 2013
Consumption of cassava across the world in 2013 was 101 million tonnes. It was the 21th most consumed food item after wheat at 458 million tonnes, rice at 377 million tonnes, potatoes at 239 million tonnes and tomatoes at 144 million tonnes. Some items consumed less than cassava in 2013 include onions at 77 million tonnes, sweet potatoes at 57 million tonnes, pulses at 50 million tonnes and yams at 33 million tonnes.
Imports and Exports in 2013
Import of cassava was 38 million tonnes in 2013, while 36 million tonnes of cassava was exported.
- Crop production data from FAO Crops database
- Food consumption data from FAO Food Supply Database