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Arable land needed to produce a fixed quantity of crops

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What you should know about this indicator

  • Arable land is the total of areas (extent of surface of land or water) under temporary crops, temporary meadows and pastures, and land with temporary fallow. Arable land does not include land that is potentially cultivable but is not normally cultivated.
  • This is calculated as arable land divided by the crop production index (PIN). The crop production index is the sum of crop commodities produced after deductions of quantities used as seed and feed.
  • It is weighted by the commodity prices.
Arable land needed to produce a fixed quantity of crops FAO
Index of arable land needed to produce a fixed quantity of crops (where values in 1961 are equal to 1.0).
Source
Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (2024) – with major processing by Our World in Data
Last updated
March 14, 2024
Next expected update
March 2025
Date range
1961–2021

Sources and processing

This data is based on the following sources

The FAOSTAT Land Use domain contains data on forty-four categories of land use, irrigation and agricultural practices and five indicators relevant to monitor agriculture, forestry and fisheries activities at national, regional and global level.

Data are available by country and year, with global coverage and annual updates.

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March 14, 2024
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Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations - Land, Inputs and Sustainability: Land Use (2024).

The FAO indices of agricultural production show the relative level of the aggregate volume of agricultural production for each year in comparison with the base period 2014-2016.

Indices for meat production are computed based on data for production from indigenous animals.

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March 14, 2024
Citation
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Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations - Production: Production Indices (2024).

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Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (2024) – with major processing by Our World in Data

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Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (2024) – with major processing by Our World in Data. “Arable land needed to produce a fixed quantity of crops – FAO” [dataset]. Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, “Land, Inputs and Sustainability: Land Use”; Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, “Production: Production Indices” [original data]. Retrieved June 18, 2024 from https://ourworldindata.org/grapher/arable-land-pin