Sunflower Tanzania: Climate change risks and opportunities

In Tanzania 6% of the land under production is used for the cultivation of sunflower. In areas like Mbeya (Southern Highlands) and Dodoma and Singida (Central Corridor), the area under sunflower varies from 1 - 10 acres per household. According to FAO, the average yield of sunflower is 979 kilogram per hectare. In 2013 sunflower seed production in Tanzania reached approximately 1 million tonnes cultivated by over 2.5 million smallholder farmers.This has the potential to increase productivity and incomes of farmers in the future (CIAT & World Bank, 2017). Despite the relatively good production and business environment for producing sunflower, Tanzania remains a net importer of edible cooking oil. The sunflower oil produced by local processors only meets 40% of the national cooking oil requirements (Zhihua Zeng, 2017).

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  • Groot, Annemarie
  • Demissie, Teferi
  • Duku, Confidence
  • Budding-Polo, Monserrat
  • Kabuka, Godfrey
  • Nkenja, Emanuel
  • Ninga, Kasian
  • Lyimo, Raymond
  • Recha, John W.M.
  • Osumba, Joab
  • Schonenberg, Pierre


Citation correcte

Groot A, Demissie T, Duku C, Budding-Polo M, Kabuka G, Nkenja E, Ninga K, Lyimo R, Recha J, Osumba J, Schonenberg P. 2019. Sunflower Tanzania: Climate change risks and opportunities. Wageningen Environmental Research, The Netherlands; CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS).