The Boba Belt

‘The Boba Belt’ is the tropical region along the north and south of the equator where cassava is exclusively grown. It is the food staple of 800 million people and primarily grown by low-income, small farms in over 100 countries. It is known as the ‘miracle’ crop as it can be grown in poor soils with constrained water access meaning that as the climate changes this crop could be well adapted. Most importantly, cassava is not only an important factor to ensure food security and it can be a major source for renewable energy as it is also used for ethanol production. 50% of China’s ethanol comes from cassava roots and sweet potatoes.

The charts below list the top 5 producing countries of the 3 regions where cassava is primarily grown.

2020 Cassava Production*

AFRICA Tonnes (1 tonne = 2,204.6 pounds)
Nigeria 60 million tonnes
Democratic Republic of Congo 41 million tonnes
Ghana 21.8 million tonnes
Angola 8.8 million tonnes
Tanzania 7.6 million tonnes
Thailand 29 million tonnes
Vietnam 7.7 million tonnes
Indonesia 18.3 million tonnes
Cambodia 7.7 million tonnes
India 5 million tonnes
Brazil 18.2 million tonnes
Paraguay 3.3 million tonnes
Peru 1.4 million tonnes
Columbia 1.1 million tonnes
Cuba 654,517 tonnes


* For more information, please see the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations