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Guinea-Bissau

                Guinea-Bissau is located in Western Africa, bordering the North Atlantic Ocean, between Guinea and Senegal.

 

 

               One of the poorest countries in the world, Guinea-Bissau's legal economy depends mainly on farming and fishing, but trafficking narcotics is probably the most lucrative trade. Cashew crops have increased remarkably in recent years. Guinea-Bissau exports fish and seafood along with small amounts of peanuts, palm kernels, and timber. Rice is the major crop and staple food. The combination of limited economic prospects, a weak and faction-ridden government, and favorable geography have made this West African country a way station for drugs bound for Europe.

                Guinea-Bissau population today is around 1,596,677 (July 2011 est.) It is a country that according to UN is ranked in the 164th position with "Low Human Development".  Their research shows that the Life Expectancy At Birth is 48 years and only 42.4% of its population in age 15 and over can read and write (male: 58.1% , female: 27.4%).  Only 14% of the population speaks the official language, Portuguese. 44% speak Kriol, a Portuguese-based creole language, and the remainder speaks native African languages. Most Portuguese and Mestiços speak one of the African languages and Kriol as second languages. French is also learned in schools, as the country is surrounded by French-speaking countries.

               Throughout the 20th century, most Bissau-Guineans practiced some form of Animism (indigenous beliefs 40%).  Recently, many have adopted Islam, which is currently practiced by 50 percent of the country's population. Approximately 10 percent of the country's population belongs to the Christian community. These statistics can be misleading; however, as both Islamic and Christian practices may be largely influenced and enriched by syncretism with traditional African beliefs.

                We have in Guinea-Bissau a great opportunity to be supplying seeds for the work with kids, military personnel and with the general population as well. As soon we have more information about this country, we will be posting here.

                Come, work with us in Guinea-Bissau.