Banana, and Cassava


  • Cassava BBTD in Gabon: Providing support both in terms of improved planting materials and in terms of considerable capacity building in the management of cassava and their pests and diseases and the management banana bunchy top disease.
  • Classical biological control of the papaya mealybug (Paracoccus marginatus) a new invasive and highly polyphagous pest spreading throughout West and Central Africa: Permanently suppressing the threat caused to agriculture and the environment by the accidentally introduced papaya mealybug through the implementation of a biological control program using proved highly efficient natural enemies in six affected countries of West and Central Africa.

The Gabonese Republic shares a border with Equatorial Guinea to the northwest, Cameron
to the north, the Republic of the Congo to the east and south, and the Gulf of Guinea to the
east. Gabon’s capital city is Libreville. It’s land area is 258 thousand sq km and estimated
population in 2016 was 1.98 million. While it is has one of the lowest population densities in
sub-Saharan Africa, around 86% of the country’s inhabitants live in the major urban centers.
In 2015, approximately 383 thousand Gabonese were considered to be part of the
agricultural population.

Gabon is known for its dense tropical rain forest that covers 85% of the countryr (22 million
hectares), so only 5% of the land is used for agriculture, dominated by subsistence farming.
The country imports over half of its food requirements. Cocoa, coffee, palm oil, and rubber
are cultivated for export. The principal subsistence crops are plantains, cassava, and maize.

Quick Facts

Capital: Libreville

Currency: CFA franc

Area (total): 258 thousand km 2

Population: 1.98 million (2016)

Contact us

Jacqueline Musiimenta
Head Finance and Administration, Central Africa Hub

  +254 208632900