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The green peas market in Africa totalled $1,3 billion in 2018. The market value increased at an average annual rate of 6,4% over the period from 2014 to 2018; the trend pattern indicated some noticeable fluctuations recorded over the period under review.

Africa’s consumption by country

The countries with the highest volumes of green peas consumption in 2018 were Egypt (200 000 tons), Algeria (187 000 tons) and Morocco (123 000 tons), accounting for three-quarters of total consumption.

From 2014 to 2018, the most notable rate of growth in terms of green peas consumption, among the main consuming countries, was attained by Algeria, while green peas consumption for the other leaders experienced more modest paces of growth.

In value terms, the largest green peas markets in Africa were Egypt ($485 million), Kenya ($245 million) and Algeria ($239 million), with a combined 72% share of the total market.

Production in Africa

Green peas production totalled 689 000 tons in 2018, going up by 16% against the previous year. The total output volume increased at an average annual rate of 3,1% from 2014 to 2018. The generally positive trend seen in green peas output was largely conditioned by perceptible growth in the harvested area and a slight expansion in yield figures.

In 2018, approximately 117 000ha of green peas were harvested in Africa, coming down by 2,1% against the previous year. In contrast, the average green peas yield increased by 18% to 5,9 tons/ha in 2018.

Production by country

The countries with the highest volumes of green peas production in 2018 were Egypt (203 000 tons), Algeria (186 000 tons) and Morocco (123 000 tons), together comprising 74% of total production.

From 2014 to 2018, the most notable rate of growth in terms of green peas production, among the main producing countries, was attained by Algeria, while green peas production for the other leaders experienced more modest paces of growth.

Exports in Africa

In 2018, approximately 21 000 tons of green peas were exported in Africa, falling by 3,4% against the previous year. In value terms, green peas exports amounted to $77 million (IndexBox estimates) in 2018. The total export value increased at an average annual rate of 1,4% over the past five years.

Exports by country

In 2018, Kenya (8 300 tons) and Zimbabwe (6 400 tons) were the key exporters of green peas in Africa, together recording nearly 69% of total exports. Egypt (2 800 tons) is next in terms of total exports with a 13% share, followed by Uganda (5,1%). Zambia (837 tons), Morocco (673 tons) and Ethiopia (482 tons) together made up 9,3% of total exports.

From 2014 to 2018, the most notable rate of growth in terms of exports, among the main exporting countries, was attained by Zambia (an increase of 84,2% per year), while exports for the other leaders experienced more modest paces of growth.

In value terms, the largest green peas supplying countries in Africa were Kenya ($33 million), Zimbabwe ($26 million) and Egypt ($8,8 million), together accounting for 88% of total exports. These countries were followed by Zambia, Uganda, Ethiopia and Morocco, which together accounted for a further 9,6%.

Export prices by country

In 2018, the green peas export price in Africa amounted to $3 598/ton, jumping by 17% against the previous year. Over the period from 2014 to 2018, it increased at an average annual rate of 5,7%.

There were significant differences in the average prices among the major exporting countries. In 2018, the country with the highest price was Zimbabwe ($4 092/ton), while Uganda ($1 311/ton) was among the lowest.

From 2014 to 2018, the most notable rate of growth in terms of prices was attained by Egypt, while the other leaders experienced more modest paces of growth.

Click here to view the full report on Africa’s green peas market. – IndexBox