How much land do we cultivate?

In this post, I look into how much land each country is cultivating. I mainly focus on the arable land by country.

What is arable land?

Arable and permanent cropland is the total of “arable land” and “land under permanent crops”. Arable land is the land under temporary crops, temporary meadows for mowing or pasture, land under market and kitchen gardens and land temporarily fallow (for less than five years); and land under permanent crops is the land cultivated with crops that occupy the land for long periods and need not be replanted after each harvest. From UN Report.

Currently, between 1.4 and 1.6 billion hectares of the world’s land area (13.4 billion hectares) is used for crop production. This represents 10-12% of the total land. Of course, the total land of a country includes for example mountains.

Arable landes of a country in hectars

In the below image and interactive plot, I show the total arable by countries:

Arable lands of a country, % of the total land

In the below image and interactive plot, I show how much land is arable out of the total land for a country.

Arable lands of a country, hectares per person

In the below image and interactive plot, I show how much land is arable in hectares per person.

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