Marshall Islands Agriculture and Fishing Overview

Agriculture and fishing

About 6,000 residents of the Marshall Islands are employed in agriculture, while far more grow and fish for their own livelihood. Along with fishing, agriculture contributes to almost one-sixth of the country’s gross domestic product (GDP).

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Marshallese agriculture is hampered by poor soil and recurring drought. Around a third of the land area is agricultural land. For Marshall Islands defense and foreign policy, please check themotorcyclers.

Coconut cultivation is important for exports. Tomatoes, melons, breadfruit and cocoa are grown primarily for sale, while cassava, taro (root canal) and sweet potatoes are grown for their own use. Many also breed chickens and pigs.

Fishing has always been of great importance in the Marshall Islands. For a long time, the residents fished solely for house needs, but in recent years commercial catches of tuna have grown. Seafood and seagrass cultivation have also had a certain economic significance. The country also receives revenue from the sale of fishing licenses to foreign fishing fleets.


Agriculture’s share of GDP

16.8 percent (2017)

Percentage of land used for agriculture

63.9 percent (2016)

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Marshall Islands Agriculture and Fishing