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Economy, Agriculture

terraced fields, papayas, sorghum, millet, bananas

Yemen’s economy is primarily agricultural, and farming and livestock raising remain the chief livelihood for most of the population. The extremes of topography and climate, especially in the north, permit a wide variety of crops, including grain (particularly sorghum, but also wheat, millet, and barley), a growing number of fruits and vegetables (most notably grapes, tomatoes, papayas, bananas, limes, and dates), coffee, and the domestically valuable qat. In most areas of the highlands, crops are grown in terraced fields cut into the hills. Since the 1980s Yemeni farmers have developed various irrigation projects in an effort to turn some of the country’s plentiful desert into workable farmland and to further increase the variety of crops that can be planted. Sheep and goats are widely raised in Yemen, as are some cattle.

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