Time series on land use, irrigation, and population are provided for countries, geographic regions, and the world. Land use data include total area, land area (which excludes inland water bodies), arable land, land under permanent crops, permanent meadows and pasture, forests and woodlands, and other land. Data on irrigation relate to areas purposely provided with water, including land irrigated by controlled flooding. Population data include present-in-area (de facto) population, agricultural population, and economically active population, both total and agricultural.
Agricultural production statistics are maintained from 1961. The time reference for statistics on crop area and production is based on the calendar year in which the entire harvest or the bulk of it took place. Livestock numbers are grouped in 12-month periods ending 30 September for the years stated in the statistical tables. With a few exceptions, livestock product accounts are based on the calendar year. For tractors and other agricultural machinery, data refer to the number in use at the end of the year stated or during the first quarter of the following year. The FAO index numbers of agricultural production are based on calendar-year data.
The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) provides annual statistics, on a world-wide basis, on all important aspects of crop and livestock production. Coverage is provided on land use, irrigation, human population, index numbers of agricultural production, major crops, livestock numbers, livestock products, food supply, and means of production for individual countries, continents, and the world.
GEO Data Category:
Total area, agriculture, boundaries, subregional level
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Statistics Data Info
The data is only aggregated if at least 75 % of the observations are available (i.e. % of population or
% of area or % of countries) on an annual basis.
The value "-9999" corresponds to "No Data".
Calculated pre 1991-1992 relative country share
Former Yugoslavia SFR:
Pre-1991 relative shares of the 15 republics of the former USSR calculated based on data available
Pre-1992 relative shares of the Czech Republic and Slovakia of the former Czechoslovakia calculated
based on data available after 1992.
Pre-1991 relative shares of the 6 republics of the former Yugoslav SFR calculated based on data
available after 1991.
Data for China include those for Hong-Kong.
Data for Saint Helena include those for Ascension and Tristan da Cunha.
Data for East Timor are included in those of Indonesia.
Data for Occupied Palestinian Territory includes: Gaza Strip, West Bank, Latrun Salient, and the
northwest quarter of the Dead Sea.
Greenland: Data refers to area free from ice.
Russian Federation: Data on total area exclude the portion of land under the White Sea and the Azov
Ukraine: Data on total area exclude the portion of land under the Azov Sea.
Total Area is the whole area of the country, including area under inland water bodies. The definition of
inland water bodies generally includes major rivers and lakes.
Anguilla, Antarctica, Baker Island, Belgium, Bouvet Island, British Indian Ocean Territory, Christmas
Island, Cocos (Keeling) Islands, French Southern and Antarctic Territories, Glorioso Islands,
Guernsey, Heard Island & McDonald Islands, Holy See, Howland Island, Isle of Man, Jarvis Island,
Jersey, Johnston Atoll, Juan De Nova Island, Luxembourg, Macau, Marshall Islands, Mayotte,
Micronesia (Federated States of), Midway Islands, Monaco, Norfolk Island, Northern Mariana Islands,
South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands, Spratly Islands, Svalbard and Jan Mayen Islands,
Taiwan, Wake Island, Wallis and Futuna West Bank and Western Sahara
are obtained from The World Factbook 2001 published by The Central Intelligence Agency (CIA).
The World Factbook can be accessed on the Internet at:
Copyright c 2001 (Aggregations) United Nations Environment Programme/DEWA/GRID-Geneva.
Data aggregation made by Andrea DeBono and Ola Nordbeck (UNEP/DEWA/GRID-Geneva).