Guinea

Overview

Country Guinea Capital : Conakry

Guinea has a population of over 12 million.

Guinea is highly agricultural. Along the streams and rivers, rice, bananas, tomatoes, strawberries and citrus fruits are grown commercially.

In Lower Guinea, oil and coconut palms, rice, bananas, vegetables, salt and fish are important elements of trade. A number of large-scale plantations produce a good quantity of bananas and pineapples.

47-63% of the food energy consumed in Guinea 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 2 projects in Guinea

  1. Maize: The Crop Trust supported the Institut de Recherche Agronomique de Guinée to regenerate and characterize 380 maize accessions with the objective of rescuing threatened diversity and enhancing use of the crop. 221 accessions are safety duplicated in the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA).
  2. Rice: The Institut de Recherche Agronomique de Guinée (IRAG) received support from the Crop Trust to regenerate and characterize 400 rice accessions with the objective of rescuing threatened diversity and enhancing use of the crop. 320 accessions are safety duplicated in Africa Rice.