Guyana

Overview

Country Guyana Capital : Georgetown

Guyana has a population of over 735,000.

Arable land is laid out in strips between the sea or a river and inland swamps. This land is fertile but acidic. Lost fertility must be returned to the soil by periodic fallowing or the addition of fertilizers.

Major food crops include cassava (manioc), corn (maize), bananas, vegetables and citrus fruits. Cash crops are mainly sugarcane and rice but also include coffee and cacao (the source of cocoa beans). Both sugarcane and rice are cultivated through a combination of mechanization and manual labour.

95-98% of the food energy consumed in Guyana 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 Guyana

  1. Cassava: The Crop Trust supported the National Agricultural Research Institute to regenerate and characterize 83 cassava accessions with the objective of rescuing threatened diversity and enhancing use of the crop.