Paraguay – the country at the heart of South America. The capital of Paraguay is Asunción. It is one of the oldest cities in South America. The continent was discovered by Spanish conquistadors. They used Asunción as a base from which to establish further settlements, giving rise to its moniker, “the Mother of Cities”.
Characterized by agriculture and livestock breeding, the country is one of the largest exporters of these products and is appreciated worldwide for their quality.
The cultivation of maté was begun by the Guaraní people, who are the indigenous inhabitants of Paraguay. According to one legend, they settled the area in search of the yvy marane’y, which in English means: land without evil. This fertile region gave them a livelihood.
The Paraguayan Mate Producers Association takes part in Anuga for the third time. It represents seven of the country's largest brands. Over the past few years, Germany has developed into one of the most important markets for Paraguayan Mate tea. It is exported to countries such as Germany, Belgium, France and the Middle East. The natural product is considered natural and of high quality. Therefore the Mate tea enjoys also in further countries, like e.g. Turkey or also the United Arab Emirates a large following shank.
Paraguay in an international context
- Average growth in annual gross domestic product of 4.5% between 2004 and 2018.
- World’s third-largest soya bean exporter (according to USDA).
- Eighth among global beef exporters (according to USDA).
- Paraguay is the sixth-largest exporter of maize in the world.
- In 2018, Paraguay’s wheat exports increased to 233,000 tonnes, compared with 26,000 tonnes in 2017 (Paraguayan Grains and Oilseed Traders’ Association, CAPECO.
- Paraguay has set itself the goal of becoming the world’s leading exporter of stevia by 2030. It plans to increase the area under cultivation to 50,000 hectares.
- Paraguay has the third largest fleet of inland waterway vessels in the world.