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In the early years of the 21st Century

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The World Factbook – Solomon Islands

U.S. Central Intelligence Agency CIA

[accessed 17 November 2020]

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[accessed 10 January 2021]

ECONOMIC OVERVIEW - the bulk of the population depends on agriculture, fishing, and forestry for at least part of its livelihood; most manufactured goods and petroleum products must be imported.

GDP - per capita (PPP): $2,200 (2017 est.)

Labor force - by occupation:

agriculture: 75%

industry: 5%

services: 20% (2000 est.)

Unemployment rate: N/A

Population below poverty line: N/A

Maternal mortality rate: 104 deaths/100,000 live births (2017 est.)

Infant mortality rate: total: 13.4 deaths/1,000 live births

Life expectancy at birth: total population: 76.2 years

Drinking water source: improved: total: 73.6% of population

Physicians density: 0.19 physicians/1,000 population (2016)

Sanitation facility access: improved: total: 39.1% of population

Electricity access: electrification - total population: 47.9% (2016)

The Borgen Project – Solomon Islands

[accessed 9 March 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 10 January 2021]

At least 80% of the population is tied to subsistence agriculture. The capital sector is dependent on the production of copra, timber, and fish for export, but outputs of other cash commodities—particularly cocoa, spices, and palm oil—have grown in recent years.

The islands are rich in undeveloped mineral resources such as lead, zinc, nickel, and gold.

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