Rice Production in Sierra Leone


General information

  • GNI per capita at PPP$, 2011: 840
  • Internal renewable water resources, 2011:  160 km3/year
  • Incoming water flow, 2011: 0 km3/year
  • Main food consumed, 2009: rice, cassava, fermented beverages, vegetables including oils, fruits, fish, pulses, wheat
  • Rice consumption, 2009: 92.3 kg milled rice per person per year

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Write-up taken from the IRRI’s Rice Almanac (2013):

Sierra Leone, between Guinea and Liberia on the West African coast facing the Atlantic Ocean, is a small country, with a population of 6 million (2011) in an area of 71,740 km2. It consists of a large swampy coastal plain and inner agricultural areas that were previously tropical forest, and an eastern plateau. About 15% of the land was arable in 2009. More than half the workforce (60%) is engaged in agriculture, mainly at the subsistence level, contributing 44.4% to GDP (2011).

Source: FAOSTAT database online and AQUASTAT database online, as of November 2012.

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