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In the early years of the 21st Century

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*** Extreme Weather ***

In Guyana, the tropical climate is characterized by high temperatures, humidity, and abundant rainfall. While the country is not directly affected by hurricanes and tornadoes, it faces other weather extremes:

Floods: Guyana is most at risk of flooding, especially due to its low-lying coastline. Some areas are as much as 2 meters (6.6 feet) below sea level, making flooding an imminent threat1. The frequency of extreme rain events has increased, leading to significant floods in various regions.

Droughts: Despite the heavy rainfall, Guyana also experiences prolonged dry spells. These drought episodes can impact food security, health, homes, farms, and livestock34. The current prolonged dry season is a stark reminder of the effects of climate change on small, vulnerable countries like Guyana.

Overall, Guyana faces a delicate balance between excessive rainfall and extended dry periods, both of which have significant implications for its population and environment. – Microsoft BING Copilot

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The World Factbook - Guyana

U.S. Central Intelligence Agency CIA

[accessed 29 December 2020]

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[accessed 5 January 2021]

The Guyanese economy exhibited moderate economic growth in recent years and is based largely on agriculture and extractive industries. The economy is heavily dependent upon the export of six commodities - sugar, gold, bauxite, shrimp, timber, and rice - which represent nearly 60% of the country's GDP and are highly susceptible to adverse weather conditions and fluctuations in commodity prices.

In January 2018, estimated 3.2 billion barrels of oil were found offshore and Guyana is scheduled to become a petroleum producer by March 2020.

GDP - per capita (PPP): $8,100 (2017 est.)

GDP – composition by sector of origin

agriculture: 15.4% (2017 est.)

industry: 15.3% (2017 est.)

services: 69.3% (2017 est.)

Unemployment rate: 11.1% (2013 est.)

Population below poverty line: 35% (2006 est.)

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

Infant mortality rate: total: 27.6 deaths/1,000 live births

Life expectancy at birth: total population: 69.5 years

Drinking water source: improved: total: 96.7% of population

Physicians density: 0.8 physicians/1,000 population (2018)

Sanitation facility access: improved: total: 96% of population

Electricity access: electrification - total population: 84.2% (2016)

The Borgen Project - Guyana

[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 world’s 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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Looking back a few years …

Advameg, Inc., Encyclopedia of the Nations

[accessed 5 February 2021]

Real GDP growth of 6.2% registered in 1997 marked the seventh consecutive year of strong recovery, with all of the key sectors demonstrating significant increases in production. Growth was particularly strong in the major export industries, including rice and sugar. Inflation had fallen to 4.2%.

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