Overview: Agriculture in the Commonwealth

Commonwealth countries, many of which are developing, are farmed largely by families as small-holdings. For the most part agriculture ensures food security and employment in the Commonwealth where more than half of the population in 31 of the 53 countries, reside in rural areas. Naturally, commercial or mechanised methods predominate in agricultural production in the industrialised part of the Commonwealth. Ghana, Rwanda, Solomon Islands, Nigeria and Sierra Leone have the greatest dependence on agriculture* – all above 35% of GDP – whereas at the other end of the scale the more developed Trinidad and Tobago, Brunei Darussalam, United Kingdom, Australia and Canada rely the least on agriculture* with GDP contributions all below 3%.

*includes fisheries and forestries
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Antigua and Barbuda Australia The Bahamas
Bangladesh Barbados Belize
Botswana Brunei Darussalam Cameroon
Canada Dominica Fiji
Ghana Guyana India
Jamaica Kenya Kiribati
Lesotho Malawi Malaysia
Mauritius Mozambique Namibia
New Zealand Nigeria Pakistan
Papua New Guinea Rwanda Saint Lucia
Samoa Seychelles Sierra Leone
Singapore Solomon Islands South Africa
Sri Lanka St Kitts and Nevis St Vincent and The Grenadines
Swaziland Trinidad and Tobago Tuvalu
Uganda United Kingdom United Republic of Tanzania
Vanuatu Zambia