African Agriculture and Climate Change: A COMPREHENSIVE ANALYSIS — DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF THE CONGO (Blandine, Nsombo M./ Thomas, Timothy S. / Kyotalimye, Miriam / Waithaka, Michael IFPRI)

The Democratic Republic of the Congo, located in the south central part of Africa, is the continent’s second largest country. Forests blanket its northern region, while savannah covers the south. Its population has more than tripled from 16 million people in 1960 to 64 million people in 2010. Although roughly 70 percent of the population depends on agriculture for survival, only about 7 percent of the DRC’s area is used for cropping and livestock activities. The main staple crops are cassava, maize, groundnuts, and rice. Cassava is produced in the southern half of the country, with reported yields averaging around 8 metric tons per hectare. Most maize is produced in the central regions. Groundnuts and rice are produced in much smaller quantities and, despite high production potential, more than 90 percent of the rice consumed in the country is imported.

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Created Date: 05-11-2015
Last Updated Date: 06-11-2015
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