Republic of Congo - Country Commercial Guide
Agricultural Sector

This is a best prospect industry sector for this country.  Includes a market overview and trade data.

Last published date: 2020-11-29

Overview

The Republic of Congo’s agricultural sector is limited and cannot satisfy domestic demand. The country relies heavily on food imports, which account for about 80 percent of domestic food consumption. Imported foodstuffs come mainly from the Democratic Republic of Congo, France, and the United States. France is the largest source of the Republic of Congo’s agricultural imports.

 

2017

2018

2019

2020 estimated

Total Local Production

9.48

11.19

13.05

3.56

Total Exports

8.10

8.95

10.36

3.24

Total Imports

567

517

596

282

Imports from the US

48

49

45

n/a

Total Market Size

568.38

519.24

598.69

289.12

Exchange Rates

589

586

556

545

Unns of US Dollars.

Total market size = (total local production + imports) - exports

Data sources: Republic of Congo Ministry of Agriculture and the UN Food and Agriculture Organization

Leading Sub-Sectors

Corn grows well in the Republic of Congo and has potential as a human food source, as well as to support poultry and livestock production.  Mechanized farming is a promising area for investment, as land, labor, and demand are readily available.

Opportunities

Opportunities exist for exporting food products to the Republic of Congo, as well as setting up operations in the Republic of Congo for the production and/or processing of food. 

Approximately 40 percent of the population is engaged in subsistence agricultural production, which contributes just four percent of Congo’s gross domestic product. Only a small percentage of arable land is currently under cultivation – less than four percent according to one recent estimate.  Land under cultivation has not increased appreciably in recent years. 

South African farmers have recently leased land for food production in Congo, and the U.S.-based NGO International Partnership for Human Development (IPHD) has successfully prototyped large-scale industrial farming in three different areas of the country.

Web Resources

International Partnership for Human Development (IPHD)