Used in stews, fries, appetizers, or prepared in sauces, potato is a food well appreciated by the Nigerien population for its taste, smell, texture and culinary diversity. Produced in all regions of the country over an area of 5,671 hectares, with an average yield of 24.4 tons per hectare, the total production of potatoes in Niger in 2018 amounted to 168,569 tons according to the Ministry of Agriculture.
Despite the strong demand, potatoes are usually only available between January and June. Due to this seasonality, the month of July foreshadows the shortage of stocks of the local supply. This shortage constitutes a real loss for farmers and the Nigerien economy in general.