Domestic Scenario: Cassava is the third largest source of food carbohydrates in the tropics, after rice and maize. Cassava is a major staple food in the developing world, providing a basic diet for over half a billion people. It is one of the most drought-tolerant crops, capable of growing on marginal soils. Nigeria is the world's largest producer of cassava, while Thailand is the largest exporter of dried cassava.
Domestic Production: Nigeria is the highest cassava producer in the world ahead of Brazil, Thailand and Indonesia. Current production estimate is 38million tons per annum, a figure expected to double by 2020. Although the world leader in cassava production is Nigeria but is not an active participant in cassava trade in international market because most of our cassava is targeted at the domestic food market.
Global Scenario: World production of cassava root was estimated to be 184 million tons in 2002, rising to 230 million tons in 2008. The majority of production in 2002 was in Africa, where 99.1 million tons were grown; 51.5 million tons were grown in Asia; and 33.2 million tons in Latin America and the Caribbean, specifically Jamaica. Nigeria is the world's largest producer of cassava, producing 46 million tons in 2007.