Costa Rica Agriculture

Elisabeth Mantle

About the Country

Costa Rica is a country in Latin America. It has about 4,814,144 people. The government is Democratic Republican. The poverty rate is about 20%, which, though less than most latin american countries, is still pretty high. The religions include Roman Catholic, Jehovah's Witnesses, Evangelical, protestants, and others. The average family income is $5,269 a month, with an average family size of 4.7-5.7. About 20% of costa ricans earn a degree.


Advantages: very stable and has the highest direct foreign investment per capita

Disadvantages: a high poverty rate and long overdue economic reform


Costa Rican Agriculture VS U.S Agriculture

Costa Rican Agriculture


The agriculture is different because the climates are different. Because Costa Rica is more tropical, Costa Ricans focus more on tropical fruits and vegetables. The U.S. is more dry so most of the crops are fit for dryer climates (wheat, corn, etc.). Ranching in the U.S. usually involves large open, relatively flat pieces of land (though this is not always the case), Costa Rica ranches similarly, but are more often near large amounts of trees.

Does Costa Rica have an agency similar to USDA in order to control food safety and protect farmers?

No, it does not.