Panama

Overview

Country Panama Capital : Panama City

Panama has a population of over 3.7 million.

Nearly three-fourths of Panama’s gross domestic product (GDP) is generated by the service sector—a greater proportion than in any other Latin American country—and services employ the majority of the workforce.

Nonetheless, semi-nomadic and subsistence agriculture exists. The most common agricultural products are sugarcane, bananas, rice, plantains, corn (maize) and oranges. Livestock raising (cattle, pigs, and poultry) is an important and long-established economic activity, and beef and hides are exported.

76-87% of the food energy consumed in Panama 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 3 projects in Panama

  1. Beans: The Crop Trust provided support to the Instituto de Investigación Agropecuaria de Panamá (IDIAP) to regenerate 18 accessions of common bean with the aim of rescuing threatened diversity and enhancing use of the crop.
  2. Cowpea: The Crop Trust supported the Instituto de Investigación Agropecuaria de Panamá to regenerate 16 accessions of cow pea with the objective of rescuing threatened diversity and enhancing use of the crops.
  3. Maize: The Crop Trust supported the Instituto de Investigación Agropecuaria de Panamá (IDIAP) to regenerate 16 maize accessions with the objective of rescuing threatened diversity and enhancing use of the crop.