Guyana is approximately 214,969 sq km (83,000 mi), located in South America, bordering the North Atlantic Ocean, and located between Suriname and Venezuela, with a population of over 700,000. It has a tropical and hot climate and is home to spectacular mountain ranges of which Mount Roraima is the highest peak at 2,810 m (9219 ft). Guyana is also home to the magnificent Kaieteur Falls, the largest single drop waterfall in the world, at 226 m (741 ft). The Guyanese economy is heavily dependant on agriculture and mining with key products including sugar, shrimp, timber, rice, gold and bauxite. Agriculture contributed some 24% of the GDP in 2009, and has been experiencing moderate growth, although overall, in 2009 the country had negative growth as a result of the global recession. The agricultural industry is dominated by sugar and rice, with 2009 on record as the second highest ever increase in production of rice with 9.2% growth; sugar performed moderately well at 3.3% growth and livestock experienced 2.5% growth. This has been attributed to the Government’s ‘Grow More Food Campaign’. Guyana continues to transform the agricultural sector through increasing modernisation and diversification and there are prospects for improved earnings in 2010.
The CARDI Unit in Guyana coordinates the Caribbean Rice Development Network (CRIDNET) regionally and provides support to the local agricultural sector through collaboration with the Ministry of Agriculture and other key stakeholders and partners.
Dr H Arlington D Chesney
P O Bag 212
University of the West Indies Campus St Augustine
Trinidad and Tobago
Telephone: (868) 645-1205/7; 645-8120
Fax: (868) 645-1208
National Agricultural Research Institute (NARI) Compound
Demerara, Building D29
Telephone: (592) 220 6527/6537
Fax: (592) 220 6567