El Salvador is a small, densely populated Central American country that is struggling to overcome the legacy of a lengthy civil war that took place in the 1980s. Since a peace accord was signed in 1992, major economic reforms such as trade liberalization and the privatization of the financial sector have been undertaken; these reforms have stimulated economic growth and reduced extreme poverty. El Salvador was hard hit, however, by the 2008-09 global financial downturn, with a decrease in exports and remittances, high levels of unemployment, and increasing food and fuel costs.

Agricultural Production
Agricultural Production2011201220132014
Rice Production
FAO 2013
25,589 MT28,325 MT36,254 MT41,838 MT
Maize Production
FAO 2012
756,352 MT925,839 MT866,701 MT819,311 MT
Soybean Production
FAO 2013
4,611 MT5,000 MT5,000 MT5,090 MT
Agricultural Exports
Agricultural Exports2010201120122013
Rice Exports
FAO 2013
2,431 MT8,047 MT12,322 MT9,302 MT
Wheat Exports
FAO 2012
100.00 MT0.00 MT0.00 MT905.00 MT
Maize Exports
FAO 2013
2,864 MT313.00 MT132.00 MT9,709 MT
Soybean Exports
FAO 2012
0.00 MT0.00 MT0.00 MT0.00 MT
Agricultural Imports
Agricultural Imports2010201120122013
Rice Imports
FAO 2013
62,192 MT63,374 MT62,615 MT67,224 MT
Wheat Imports
FAO 2012
100.00 MT0.00 MT0.00 MT905.00 MT
Maize Imports
FAO 2010
450,585 MT603,724 MT428,255 MT321,190 MT
Soybean Imports
FAO 2013
117.00 MT237.00 MT103.00 MT122.00 MT