Agriculture in Eritrea

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Agriculture is the main economic activity in Eritrea. 80% of the Eritrean workforce are employed in agriculture.[1] Agriculture makes up 11 percent of the wider economy's value.[2] Eritrea has 565,000 hectares (1,396,000 acres) of arable land and permanent crops.


Agriculture in Eritrea has experienced extensive improvement over recent years.[2] After the Eritrean War of Independence, agriculture was one of the many sectors that was completely destroyed. Since then, significant investments have been made into the industry—purchases worth millions of dollars of agriculture machinery have been made and hundreds of dams have been built.

Agricultural products[edit]

Eritrea's main agricultural products include sorghum, millet, barley, wheat, legumes, vegetables, fruits, sesame, linseed, cattle, sheep, goats and camels.[3]


  1. ^ agricultural, Ray Jordan CEO of international; Africa, development organisation Self Help (17 March 2016). "Eritrea - Farming in a fragile land - Huffington Post". Retrieved 1 October 2016.
  2. ^ a b "The World Factbook — Central Intelligence Agency". Retrieved 2016-10-01.
  3. ^ Speedy, Andrew. "Eritrea". Retrieved 1 October 2016.

 This article incorporates public domain material from the Library of Congress Country Studies website