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Description: Description: Guinea-Bissau

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Temperature Extremes: The climate in Guinea-Bissau varies throughout the year. In April and May, just before the rainy season, temperatures range between 21.6C and 39.3C (monthly average: 30.5C). During August and November, temperatures range between 21.1C and 31.5C (monthly average: 26.3C). And in the period from December to March, temperatures fluctuate between 16.5C and 38.5C (monthly average: 27.7C).

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The World Factbook Guinea-Bissau

U.S. Central Intelligence Agency CIA

[accessed 29 December 2020]

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[accessed 5 January 2021]

Guinea-Bissau is highly dependent on subsistence agriculture, cashew nut exports, and foreign assistance. Two out of three Bissau-Guineans remain below the absolute poverty line. The legal economy is based on cashews and fishing. Illegal logging and trafficking in narcotics also play significant roles. The combination of limited economic prospects, weak institutions, and favorable geography have made this West African country a way station for drugs bound for Europe.

GDP - per capita (PPP): $1,900 (2017 est.)

Labor force - by occupation:

agriculture: 82%

industry and services: 18% (2000 est.)

Unemployment rate: N/A

Population below poverty line: 67% (2015 est.)

Maternal mortality rate: 667 deaths/100,000 live births (2017 est.)

Infant mortality rate: total: 51.9 deaths/1,000 live births

Life expectancy at birth: total population: 62.8 years

Drinking water source: improved: total: 73.5% of population

Physicians density: 0.13 physicians/1,000 population (2016)

Sanitation facility access: improved: total: 36.2% of population

Electricity access: electrification - total population: 14.7% (2016)

The Borgen Project Guinea-Bissau

[accessed 5 February 2021]

The Borgen Project works with U.S. leaders to utilize the United States platform behind efforts toward improving living conditions for the worlds poor. It is an innovative, national campaign that is working to make poverty a focus of U.S. foreign policy. It believes that leaders of the most powerful nation on earth should be doing more to address global poverty. From ending segregation to providing women with the right to vote, nearly every wrong ever righted in history was achieved through advocacy. The Borgen Project addresses the big picture, operating at the political level advancing policies and programs that improve living conditions for those living on less than $1 per day.

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The World Bank in Guinea-Bissau

[accessed 19 April 2021]

The World Bank portfolio in Guinea-Bissau includes projects in rural development, coastal and biodiversity management, infrastructure rehabilitation and more.

Looking back a few years

Advameg, Inc., Encyclopedia of the Nations

[accessed 29 December 2020]

Guinea-Bissau is one of poorest countries in the world with 82% of the population relying on fishing and subsistence agriculture, and 88% of the population below the poverty line in 2002. The industrial sector is small, and mining is undeveloped. Offshore oil reserves that have not been expoited may be a source of income in the long term. Although firmly committed to market-style economic policies after an initial decade of socialist central planning, the government is burdened by a heavy external debt.

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