Uruguay

Overview

Country Uruguay Capital : Montevideo

Uruguay has a population of over 3 million.

Uruguay may seem small in comparison to its neighbors, Brazil and Argentina, but it has more cultivable land than Japan, and a population forty times smaller. The country’s gross national product (GNP) per capita is among the highest in Latin America, and the nation has a large urban middle class. 

Sheep and cattle raising are two of Uruguay’s most important economic activities. Major crops include rice, wheat, corn (maize), oranges, sugarcane, and sunflower seeds. The grape harvest sustains a modest wine industry.

90-100% of the food energy consumed in
Uruguay 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 Uruguay

  1. Maize: The Universidad de la Republica and Instituto Nacional de Investigacion Agropecuaria received support from the Crop Trust to regenerate, characterize and safety duplicate 130 maize accessions with the objective of rescuing threatened diversity and enhancing use of the crop.