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Gambia Country AET Profile

About Gambia

Primary school is free but not compulsory and lasts for six years. Secondary schooling is in two stages of three plus three years. Projected adult literacy rates for the year 2000 stand at 63.5% (males, 56.2%; females, 70.4%). Educational expenditure accounted for 21.2% of total government expenditure in 1996. As of 1999, public expenditure on education was estimated at 4.8% of GDP.

The soil is mostly poor and sandy, except in the riverine swamps. On upland soils the main food crops, besides groundnuts, are millet, manioc, corn, and beans. Most landholdings range between five and nine hectares (12 and 22 acres). Agriculture supports about 80% of the active population, and contributed about 40% of GDP in 2001. Irregular and inadequate rainfall has adversely affected crop production in recent years.

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