Gabon Agriculture

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With just 1.63m people, Gabon is the second-smallest member of the six-country Central African Economic and Monetary Community in terms of population, after Equatorial Guinea. However, the country’s well-developed hydrocarbons sector has made Gabon the second-largest economy in the sub-region.

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Since 1998, Gabon has been at the forefront of global forest conservation efforts as it works to balance the priorities of ensuring the sustainability of its resource base and maximising the forestry sector’s economic contribution. One of the key pillars of the Industrial Gabon policy is to carry out more value-added processing at home – first-stage...

Dependent on international markets for agricultural imports worth CFA250bn (€375m) in 2012, according to the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock, Fisheries and Rural Development (Ministre de l’Agriculture, de l’ Elevage, de la Pêche et du Développement Rural, MAEPDR), Gabon aims to significantly increase its domestic food security by 2020, while also...

Intensive cultivation of cash crops plays a central role in Gabon’s ambitions to meet its domestic consumption needs, expand non-mineral exports and generate employment by 2020. The government is eager to attract further investment in palm oil, rubber, coffee and cocoa, as well as new crops like sugar cane, maize and soya. Despite low international...

Chapter | Agriculture & Forestry from The Report: Gabon 2013

Gabon aims to significantly increase its domestic food security by 2020, while also working to expand its cash crop exports. An integral part of efforts to diversify the economy away from dependence on oil, successful implementation of its agricultural strategy will have a major impact on its balance of payments and generate significant employment growth. The government has initiated a wide-...

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