The Republic of Angola shares a border with the Democratic Republic of the Congo to the north, Zambia to the east, Namibia to the south, and has the Atlantic Ocean to west. Angola’s capital city is Luanda. It’s land area is 1.25 million sq km and estimated population in 2016 was 28.8 million. Angola has around 4.9 million hectares (49000 sq km) of arable land based on statistics in 2013. In 2015, approximately 14.75 million Angolans made up the agricultural population. Prior, to its civil war, Angola exported coffee and maize, in addition to other crops including sisal, bananas, sugar cane, cassava and cotton. Post-war, Angola imports more than half its food, with some estimates putting the figure as high as 90%. The civil displaced more than four million people and damaged the local infrastructure. The danger from mines deployed during the war also pose another challenge to farming and to the establishment of an agribusiness sector. Currently, Angola cultivates just 8% of its available land and agriculture accounts for only 10% of GDP. About 80% of the farmers throughout the country are smallholders.

Quick Facts

Capital: Luanda

Currency: Currency: Angolan Kwanza

Area (total): Area (total): 1.25 million km 2

Population: Population: 28.8 million (2016)

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