Most farming in the
Republic of Congo is undertaken by around 30% of the
workforce and is subsistence farming concentrated on
cassava, a hardy plant that thrives in poor soil conditions
and is the equivalent of the potato in terms of its use in
meals with its starchy roots and protein and vitamin high
In the south of the country growing bananas and
plantains, a banana lookalike vegetable that is used in
recipes like potatoes.
Other agricultural production includes peanuts, maize and
potatoes as well as fruit whilst cash crops are primarily
sugarcane and tobacco. Most rural families also keep
chickens, goats, sheep and pigs to supplement their diet.
This video (above) explores the challenges of the
agriculture and farming sector in the Republic of Congo.
Check out our other articles and videos below for more
information about life in the Republic of Congo including
that of the lives of children there or click on "Congo
Profile" for our full series of articles about the country,
its history and life there today.