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HomeCountriesCentral Africa › Equatorial Guinea

Equatorial Guinea Country AET Profile

About Equatorial Guinea

Education is free and compulsory from 6 to 11 years of age. Primary education is for five years followed by four years of secondary in the first stage and three subsequent years of secondary education in the second stage. Projected adult illiteracy rates for the year 2000 stand at 16.8% (males, 7.5%; females 25.5%). This represents a substantial decline in female illiteracy rates, which were estimated at 51.5% in 1983. In 1991, 58 teachers and 578 students were engaged in post-secondary education. As of 1999, public expenditure on education was estimated at 1.8% of GDP.

Agriculture is the main economic activity, involving about 71% of the economically active population. An estimated 8% of the land is engaged in crop production. The island of Bioko has year-round rainfall, and the prevailing economic activity is cocoa cultivation. In Río Muni (on mainland Africa), where 80% of the population lives, food crops are the dominant economic activity, and cash crop cultivation is secondary. Agriculture (including forestry and fishing) accounts for about 50% of GDP and 60% of exports. The main food crop is cassava, of which 49,000 tons were produced in 1998. Sweet potatoes are the second-largest food crop, with 45,000 tons in 1999, followed by bananas (20,000 tons).

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