American Journal of Potato Research

, Volume 90, Issue 6, pp 497–515 | Cite as

Benchmarking Food Crop Markets in Southern Africa: The Case of Potatoes and Potato Products 1961–2010

  • Gregory J. Scott
  • Ricardo Labarta
  • Víctor Suarez
Article

Abstract

Pressures and opportunities in food systems across Southern Africa have generated renewed interest in potatoes both as a food crop and a source of income in recent years. With populations growing at over 2.0 %/year in several countries and urban consumers often eager to diversify their diets, new markets are also opening up. Given these trends, growers, traders and governments are seeking out new ways to capitalize on these developments. This paper examines the evolution of growth rates in potato production, utilization and trade in Southern Africa over nearly the last half century using FAO annual secondary data. After highlighting the different roles that potatoes have played in crop diversification across the sub-region, the paper identifies some key issues for future research as well as some opportunities for industry both large and small.

Keywords

Marketing Trade Production Consumption Technology Private sector 

Resumen

Las presiones y oportunidades en los sistemas alimenticios en los países del África del Sur han generado renovado interés en la papa como un cultivo de consumo y de venta en los últimos años. Con tasas de crecimiento anual poblacional encima de 2,0 % en varios países y con consumidores urbanos con ganas de diversificar sus dietas, nuevos mercados están abriendo. Dada esta situación, productores, comerciantes y gobiernos están interesados en aprovechar dichas tendencias. Este artículo examina la evolución de las tasas de crecimiento de la producción, utilización y comercio de la papa en África del Sur durante casi el último medio siglo utilizando los datos de la FAO. Después de subrayar los diferentes papeles que la papa ha tenido en la diversificación agrícola a lo largo de la sub-región durante ese periodo, se identifican algunos temas clave para futuras investigaciones además de algunas oportunidades para la industria tanto grande como pequeña.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Gregory J. Scott
    • 1
  • Ricardo Labarta
    • 2
  • Víctor Suarez
    • 3
  1. 1.CENTRUM Católica, Graduate Business SchoolPontificia Universidad Católica de PerúLimaPerú
  2. 2.International Potato Center (CIP)NairobiKenya
  3. 3.International Potato Center (CIP)LimaPeru

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