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Decreasing Cassava Production in the Philippines

Updated Dec 31, 2019
The cassava production in East Asia is decreasing due to low prices for cassava and erratic weather conditions. Especially the Philippines is experiencing a sharp production decline this year due to floodings.

Although global cassava production is increasing, to 277 million tons in 2018, cassava production in East Asia, the largest exporting region of the product, is declining. This is largely due to low prices for the root during the planting season, as well as a lack of demand from Asia’s largest market: China. During 2018, the total production declined by approximately 3% in 2018, and is expected to decline even further this year. Within East Asia, cassava is very important for food security, as it is a staple for many people. Most exports, however, go to China, the US, and other large economies, where cassava is gaining popularity for its industrial uses.

The Philippines is also witnessing a decline in cassava production. The country is not a large producer of the root, but exports significant amounts to the US and Canada, being the 3rd and 2nd largest cassava exporter to these countries respectively. The production during the 1st quarter of 2019 fell by over 5% and production during the last quarter of 2019 is expected to fall even further. This last decline is mainly caused by erratic weather conditions. During the second half of the year, the Philippines experiences a lot of typhoons, which negatively affect the production of cassava roots. El Niño is also known to badly affect the production areas of cassava. During the last quarter of the year, the price for cassava also rises, making it less attractive for foreign buyers. 


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