Kiribati Agriculture and Fishing Overview

Agriculture and fishing

A large part of Kiribati’s population, not least on more remote islands, lives mainly on farming and fishing for housing needs. About half of the land area is agricultural land.

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On small plots, coconuts, breadfruit, pandanus (a kind of palm), bananas and papaya are grown. Many households breed pigs and chickens. Most of it is for self-catering; the only thing exported is coconut oil and copra (dried coconut meat). For Kiribati defense and foreign policy, please check themotorcyclers.

There are plenty of fish in the waters around the islands of Kiribati. Small-scale fishing from canoes is a vital source of supply for the Kiribati. However, no domestic fishing industry has developed. Instead, the country sells fishing licenses to the world’s largest fishing nations.

During the 1980s seagrass began to grow on the islands and now seagrass goes on export. Sea cucumbers are also sold abroad.


Agriculture’s share of GDP

30.8 percent (2017)

Percentage of land used for agriculture

42.0 percent (2016)

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Kiribati Agriculture and Fishing