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Economy, agriculture and food security

In 2014, the gross domestic product (GDP) was US$ 801 million and agriculture accounted for 10 percent of GDP, while in 1994 it accounted for 23 percent.

The economy of Samoa has traditionally been dependent on development aid, family remittances from overseas, tourism, agriculture, and fishing (World Bank, 2016). The current Strategy for the Development of Samoa (SDS) 2012-2016 and the Agriculture Sector Plan (ASP) 2012-2016 set out goals and strategies for the re-invigoration of the agricultural sector both for local food security and for exports. Agriculture in the country has evolved from subsistence to semi-subsistence and commercialization, due to the demands of a growing population, the continuing shift to a cash-based economy, and technologies (MNRE, 2013).


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