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Diversification perspectives of Guyana’s agrifood sector











Weber, R., Bubbico, A. & Morales Opazo, C. 2022. Diversification perspectives of Guyana’s agrifood sector. FAO Agricultural Development Economics Working Paper 22-07. Rome, FAO.




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    The analysis in this report aims to guide policymaking in the Co-operative Republic of Guyana in support of the agricultural development and diversification strategy and support decision making to foster a rapid, sustainable, and successful agricultural transformation process. The aim is to identify the most critical challenges for Guyana’s agricultural sector, explore the relationships among agricultural diversification and agricultural development, and finally, to determine the agricultural subsectors and products that show export potential for Guyana.
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    This policy brief analyses institutional challenges faced by Guyana’s agricultural sector to promote diversification and development. Agricultural development in Guyana is strongly correlated with agricultural diversification, hence diversification strategies can be used to promote growth in this sector. The identified challenges in the analysis that currently hamper diversification and trade of Guyana’s agricultural products include high tariff and non-tariff barriers, low level of direct investment, and a lack of physical infrastructure. Furthermore, missing quality and quantity capacities of farmers as well as the lack of a working sanitary and phytosanitary regime hinders intra-regional trade and import substitution. It is recommended to further analyse these areas and invest accordingly.

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