Swaziland

Overview

Country Swaziland Capital : Mbabane

Swaziland has a population of over 1.4 million.

Within agriculture, there is a mixture of subsistence and commercial farming. The staple crop is corn, and other crops include sorghum (mainly for the brewing of traditional beer), pumpkins, beans, peas and other vegetables. Large-scale commercial farming is held mainly in the hands of foreigners, although since independence the country has acquired a large stake in this sector.

77-100% of the food energy consumed in Swaziland 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 4 projects in Swaziland

  1. Beans: The Crop Trust supported the National Plant Genetic Resources Centre to regenerate 40 accessions of common bean with the objective of rescuing threatened diversity and enhancing use of the crops.
  2. Cowpea: The Crop Trust supported the National Plant Genetic Resources Centre (NPGRC) to regenerate 45 accessions of cowpea with the objective of rescuing threatened diversity and enhancing use of the crop.
  3. Maize: The Crop Trust supported the National Plant Genetic Resource Center (NPGRC), Swaziland in regenerating 96 maize accessions with the objective of rescuing threatened diversity and enhancing use of the crop.
  4. Sorghum: The Crop Trust supported the National Plant Genetic Resource Centre (NPGRC) to regenerate 45 sorghum accessions with the objective of rescuing threatened diversity and enhancing use of the crops.