In 2012, broiler meat production in Sub-Saharan Africa has risen 8 percent since 2008 and 40 percent since 2002, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture's International Egg & Poultry Review. Total domestic broiler meat consumption in 2012 in most Sub-Saharan Africa countries has increased by a projected 26 percent since 2008 and 91 percent since 2002.
Meanwhile, the region's estimated total turkey meat production has increased 14 percent since 2008 and 167 percent since 2002. Domestic consumption of turkey meat in Sub-Saharan Africa over the last five years has also been increasing, after decreasing several years, bringing turkey meat consumption in 2012 equal to consumption in 2008. Despite the decline to 2012, turkey meat consumption is estimated to have risen 138 percent since 2002, but still remains below the region's 110-year high in 2007 of 47,000 metric tons.
Thanks to increasing domestic poultry meat production, Sub-Saharan Africa's real gross domestic product has grown 5 to 6 percent in recent years. Although food imports have been increasing in most countries, the region primarily relies on domestic production to supply its food for consumption.
When comparing world regions for U.S. cumulative total poultry exports for the period January through July, Sub-Saharan Africa ranked fifth in broiler meat and turkey meat. From January through July, U.S. cumulative total broiler meat exports for 2012 have risen 10 percent over 2011 and 357 percent over 2002 during the same period. U.S. turkey meat cumulative total exports have risen 72 percent over 2011 and 186 percent over 2002 during the same period.