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Country Profile Paraguay



    Paraguay is located towards the south of South America. It is surrounded by Brazil to the east; Argentina to the southwest; and Bolivia to the north. Paraguay has a total area of 406,752 sq km. Climate varies between subtropical and temperate with rainfall tendencies in the east and more semi arid weather in the west.

    Agricultural sector

    Paraguay's main agricultural products are soybeans, indigenous cattle meat, cassava, indigenous pig meat, whole fresh cow milk, wheat, maize, hen eggs, sugar cane and indigenous chicken meat.

    Brief overview of organic farming

    There are 17,705 hectares of organic land in Paraguay and approximately 3,490 organic farms operating in the country. Organic land makes up 0.1% of the country's arable land. 90 % of organic production is carried out by small farmers. The domestic market for organic products remains small, nevertheless several supermarkets do sell organic products such as sugar and mate tea. The Ministry of Agriculture is working in collaboration with Arasy Organic to strengthen technical capacity in the organic sector.

    Brief overview of key organic products

    Major organic products include sugar; this has helped Paraguay significantly as th sugar market share had been falling due to reduced prices of sugar. The domestic market for organic products is minute but includes vegetables, sugar, mate tea.

    The network

    Asociación de Productores Orgánicos (APRO)
    NGO Altervida
    Itapúa 1372 e/Primer Presidente y Río Monday-Narrio Trinidad
    Postal code : 3132
    Tel. : (595 21) 298 842/3 - 281 271
    Fax: (595 21) 298 845
    E-mail: info@altervida.org.py
    Web site: www.productosorganicos.org.py 


    - CIA FactBook, 31.05.07 - https://www.cia.gov

    - FAO, 24.10.2006: Key Statistics of Food and Agriculture External Trade. Food and Agricultural Organization of the United Nations (FAO), Statistics Division - http://www.fao.org/es/ess/top/country.html?lang=en 

    - Yussefi, Minou and Willer, Helga, Eds.: The World of Organic Agriculture: Statistics and emerging trends