Greece

Overview

Country Greece Capital : Athens

Greece has a population of over 10.7 million.

Poor soil, inadequate levels of precipitation and a landholding system that has increased the number of unproductive smallholdings hamper Greece’s agricultural potential. The country has also faced population migration from the countryside to cities and towns.

Less than one-third of the land area is cultivable. Cultivation is only possible on a large scale in the plains of Thessalía, Makedonía, and Thráki. There, corn (maize), wheat, barley, sugar beets, peaches, tomatoes, cotton (of which Greece is the only EU producer) and tobacco are grown.

54-59% of the food energy consumed in Greece comes from crops that are not native to the region. Most of these plants’ diversity is found elsewhere on the planet.

The Crop Trust has supported 1 projects in Greece

  1. Barley: The Crop Trust supported the National Agricultural Research Foundation’s Cereal Institute (NARF) to regenerate and characterize 180 barley accessions with the objective of rescuing threatened diversity and enhancing use of the crop. 155 accessions are safety duplicated at the International Center for Agricultural Research in the Dry Areas (ICARDA)