Slovakia has a population of more than 5 million people. Agricultural land covers nearly half of the total area of Slovakia, primarily dedicated to cereals. The share of agriculture in gross domestic product oscillates around 4%, accompanied by decreasing agricultural employment.
A few of Slovakia’s top exports are: maize, wheat, soybean, barley and rapeseed.
85-97% of the food energy consumed in Slovakia comes from crops that are not native to region. Most of these plants’ diversity is found elsewhere on the planet.
Slovakia acceded to the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (ITPGRFA) in 2010, joining 142 other contracting parties working toward the global system. Additionally, Slovakia has contributed USD 20,000 to the Crop Trust Endowment Fund.
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