Sierra Leone, Economy
Plantation agriculture, national budget, coastal region, farming, forestry
The economy of Sierra Leone is based on agriculture and mining. Some 67 percent of the population is engaged in farming, fishing, or forestry. Much of the farming is of a subsistence nature. Plantation agriculture is significant only in the coastal region. Minerals are the country’s principal export. In 1999 the national budget showed revenues of $48 million and expenditures of $140 million.
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