Rice Production in Guyana
Write-up taken from the IRRI’s Rice Almanac (2013):
Guyana, a small country of 214,970 km2 in area and a population of 756,000 (2011), is located on the northern edge of South America, between Suriname and Venezuela. Nearly all the inhabitants live on a coastal plain, where most agriculture is concentrated. The remainder of the country consists of a rainforest belt backed by an extensive mountain range. Rice and sugarcane are the major crops; only 2.1% of the land is arable. Agriculture formed 21% of GDP and occupied 15% of the workforce in 2010.
Source: FAOSTAT database online and AQUASTAT database online, as of November 2012. *Guyana Rice Supply Chain Risk Assessment, February 2011. All ACP Agricultural Commodities Programme, ACP Group of States, European Commission.