Sweet Potato Market Overview in Niger
In value terms, sweet potato production reduced rapidly to $ in 2019 estimated in export prices. Overall, production showed a relatively flat trend pattern. The most prominent rate of growth was recorded in 2011 with an increase of % y-o-y. Over the period under review, production hit record highs at $ in 2018, and then dropped sharply in the following year.
In 2019, the average yield of sweet potato in Niger stood at tonnes per ha, surging by % against 2018. Overall, the yield, however, recorded a perceptible reduction. The pace of growth was the most pronounced in 2012 when the yield increased by % y-o-y. The sweet potato yield peaked at tonnes per ha in 2007; however, from 2008 to 2019, the yield failed to regain the momentum. Despite the increased use of modern agricultural techniques and methods, future yield figures may still be impacted by adverse weather conditions.
The sweet potato harvested area in Niger shrank to ha in 2019, which is down by -% on the previous year's figure. In general, the total harvested area indicated measured growth from 2007 to 2019: its figure increased at an average annual rate of +% over the last twelve-year period. The trend pattern, however, indicated some noticeable fluctuations being recorded throughout the analyzed period. Based on 2019 figures, sweet potato harvested area increased by +% against 2014 indices. The growth pace was the most rapid in 2011 when the harvested area increased by % against the previous year. The sweet potato harvested area peaked at ha in 2018, and then declined slightly in the following year.
The size of the sweet potato market in Niger fell notably to $ in 2019, declining by -% against the previous year. This figure reflects the total revenues of producers and importers (excluding logistics costs, retail marketing costs, and retailers' margins, which will be included in the final consumer price). In general, consumption continues to indicate a relatively flat trend pattern. The pace of growth appeared the most rapid in 2011 when the market value increased by % year-to-year. Sweet potato consumption peaked at $ in 2018, and then shrank remarkably in the following year.