Uganda's annual production of about 5.5 million tonnes of cassava from about 500,000 hectares of land is the sixth largest in Africa. The districts of Lira, Apac, and Gulu to the north, Arua and Nebbi to the north-west, and Soroti, Kumi, Tororo, Pallisa, Iganga and Kamuli in the eastern regions are the leading producers.
Cassava can be called a 'food security' crop because it gives stable yields even in the face of drought, helping families through the hungry periods. Cassava is the main root crop in Malawi and the staple food for over 30 percent of the population, especially for those living along the Lakeshore areas and the Shire highlands of Malawi.
Cassava is an important staple crop in Tanzania, making a valuable contribution to food security. While processing and commercial use of cassava does not have a strong tradition in this country, there have been a number of recent initiatives exploring the potential for adding value to this crop in Tanzania.
Nigeria is the world's largest producer of cassava. Private investments in the Nigerian cassava sector stimulated by the presidential initiative on cassava in 2007 raised HQCF production to an estimated 40,000t. However, this demand collapsed for a variety of reasons including changes at the political level and low sales levels at the start of the C:AVA project.