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Agricultural land

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Agricultural land refers to the share of land area that is arable, under permanent crops, and under permanent pastures. Arable land includes land defined by the FAO as land under temporary crops (double-cropped areas are counted once), temporary meadows for mowing or for pasture, land under market or kitchen gardens, and land temporarily fallow. Land abandoned as a result of shifting cultivation is excluded. Land under permanent crops is land cultivated with crops that occupy the land for long periods and need not be replanted after each harvest, such as cocoa, coffee, and rubber. This category includes land under flowering shrubs, fruit trees, nut trees, and vines, but excludes land under trees grown for wood or timber. Permanent pasture is land used for five or more years for forage, including natural and cultivated crops.

Source: Food and Agriculture Organization, electronic files and web site.

Top 10 Countries with Highest % of Agricultural land (% of land area) :

Uruguay 82.56%Uruguay 82.56%
Saudi Arabia 80.77%Saudi Arabia 80.77%
Kazakhstan 80.38%Kazakhstan 80.38%
South Africa 79.83%South Africa 79.83%
Burundi 79.17%Burundi 79.17%
Nigeria 77.74%Nigeria 77.74%
Syrian Arab Republic 75.81%Syrian Arab Republic 75.81%
El Salvador 75.53%El Salvador 75.53%
Eritrea 75.17%Eritrea 75.17%
Moldova 74.78%Moldova 74.78%

Countries with Lowest % of Agricultural land (% of land area) :

Oman 4.63%Lesotho 4.63%
Solomon Islands 3.86%Mongolia 3.86%
Egypt, Arab Rep. 3.81%Turkmenistan 3.81%
Seychelles 3.37%Uganda 3.37%
Brunei Darussalam 2.73%Ukraine 2.73%
Norway 2.70%Comoros 2.70%
Papua New Guinea 2.63%Madagascar 2.63%
Faroe Islands 2.15%Eswatini 2.15%
Bahamas, The 1.40%Isle of Man 1.40%
Turks and Caicos Islands 1.05%United Kingdom 1.05%

Agricultural land (% of land area) and Trend since 2010
Country % Trend
Uruguay 82.56%
Saudi Arabia 80.77%
Kazakhstan 80.38%
South Africa 79.83%
Burundi 79.17%
Nigeria 77.74%
Syrian Arab Republic 75.81%
El Salvador 75.53%
Eritrea 75.17%
Moldova 74.78%
Rwanda 73.44%
Djibouti 73.43%
Lesotho 73.25%
Mongolia 72.67%
Turkmenistan 72.01%
Uganda 71.89%
Ukraine 71.65%
Comoros 71.47%
Madagascar 71.18%
Eswatini 71.05%
Isle of Man 70.88%
United Kingdom 70.84%
Bangladesh 70.39%
Somalia 70.34%
Togo 70.23%
Ghana 69.00%
Morocco 68.54%
Haiti 66.76%
Tunisia 64.84%
Lebanon 64.32%
Ireland 64.31%
Marshall Islands 63.89%
Mozambique 63.52%
Uzbekistan 62.93%
Denmark 62.18%
Malawi 61.41%
India 60.45%
Romania 60.23%
Tuvalu 60.00%
Cuba 59.99%
Gambia, The 59.78%
Guinea 59.01%
Armenia 58.89%
Hungary 58.15%
Afghanistan 58.07%
Guinea-Bissau 57.97%
Azerbaijan 57.70%
China 56.22%
Paraguay 55.08%
Kyrgyz Republic 55.04%
Mexico 54.90%
Sierra Leone 54.71%
Netherlands 54.53%
Argentina 54.34%
Luxembourg 54.02%
Spain 53.19%
France 52.46%
Turkey 50.08%
North Macedonia 50.04%
West Bank and Gaza 49.32%
Dominican Republic 48.69%
Kenya 48.55%
Greece 48.09%
Lithuania 47.98%
Germany 47.96%
Australia 47.63%
Angola 47.48%
Namibia 47.14%
Pakistan 46.96%
Poland 46.93%
British Virgin Islands 46.67%
Channel Islands 46.46%
Bulgaria 46.17%
Senegal 46.06%
Tonga 45.83%
Botswana 45.63%
Czech Republic 45.25%
Tanzania 44.76%
Yemen, Rep. 44.60%
United States 44.37%
Burkina Faso 44.23%
Italy 44.01%
Belgium 43.86%
Sri Lanka 43.69%
Thailand 43.28%
Albania 42.86%
Bosnia and Herzegovina 42.50%
Mauritius 42.36%
Belarus 42.24%
Nicaragua 42.09%
Kiribati 41.98%
Zimbabwe 41.88%
Philippines 41.72%
New Zealand 41.17%
Jamaica 41.00%
Portugal 40.33%
Colombia 40.26%
Andorra 40.02%
Serbia 39.66%
Chad 39.66%
Slovak Republic 39.28%
Vietnam 39.26%
Mauritania 38.53%
Switzerland 38.44%
Ethiopia 36.26%
Niger 36.06%
Guatemala 35.98%
Costa Rica 34.86%
Georgia 34.80%
Bolivia 34.77%
Tajikistan 34.14%
Brazil 33.99%
Mali 33.77%
Guam 33.33%
Dominica 33.33%
Benin 33.26%
Austria 32.94%
Liechtenstein 32.25%
Zambia 32.06%
Malta 31.97%
Indonesia 31.46%
Micronesia, Fed. Sts. 31.43%
Congo, Rep. 31.12%
Cambodia 30.90%
Slovenia 30.61%
Panama 30.36%
Latvia 30.31%
Honduras 28.91%
Nepal 28.75%
Iran, Islamic Rep. 28.21%
Liberia 28.03%
Croatia 27.48%
Maldives 26.33%
Malaysia 26.08%
St. Vincent and the Grenadines 25.64%
Barbados 25.58%
Timor-Leste 25.55%
Israel 24.67%
American Samoa 24.50%
Venezuela, RB 24.49%
Grenada 23.53%
Ecuador 23.31%
Fiji 23.26%
St. Kitts and Nevis 23.08%
Estonia 22.84%
Puerto Rico 22.29%
Iraq 21.42%
Chile 21.23%
Cameroon 20.63%
Antigua and Barbuda 20.45%
Gabon 20.03%
Nauru 20.00%
Cabo Verde 19.60%
Myanmar 19.52%
Iceland 18.67%
Peru 18.23%
Korea, Rep. 17.82%
Algeria 17.41%
St. Lucia 17.38%
Montenegro 17.20%
San Marino 16.67%
Vanuatu 15.34%
Cyprus 13.80%
Bhutan 13.79%
Russian Federation 13.29%
French Polynesia 12.43%
Samoa 12.37%
Japan 12.33%
Jordan 11.90%
Congo, Dem. Rep. 11.56%
Virgin Islands (U.S.) 11.43%
Cayman Islands 11.25%
Aruba 11.11%
Bahrain 11.05%
Palau 10.87%
Trinidad and Tobago 10.53%
Lao PDR 10.26%
Equatorial Guinea 10.12%
New Caledonia 10.08%
Libya 8.72%
Guyana 8.59%
Kuwait 8.38%
Central African Republic 8.15%
Finland 7.48%
Sweden 7.46%
Belize 7.01%
Canada 6.89%
Northern Mariana Islands 6.52%
Qatar 5.84%
Bermuda 5.56%
United Arab Emirates 5.46%
Hong Kong SAR, China 4.86%
Oman 4.63%
Solomon Islands 3.86%
Egypt, Arab Rep. 3.81%
Seychelles 3.37%
Brunei Darussalam 2.73%
Norway 2.70%
Papua New Guinea 2.63%
Faroe Islands 2.15%
Bahamas, The 1.40%
Turks and Caicos Islands 1.05%
Singapore 0.93%
Greenland 0.59%
Suriname 0.56%
Macao SAR, China 0.00%
Sint Maarten (Dutch part) 0.00%
Monaco 0.00%
Gibraltar 0.00%
St. Martin (French part) 0.00%
Kosovo 0.00%
Sudan 0.00%
South Sudan 0.00%
Côte d'Ivoire 0.00%
Curaçao 0.00%
Korea, Dem. People's Rep. 0.00%
São Tomé and Principe 0.00%

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