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What is the percent of agricultural land in the world?

Map of agricultural land of the World

As on 2015, 37.3% of the total estimated land was available for agriculture.

71% of the Earth surface is covered by water – 139 million sq. miles; balance 29% is the land area – 57.5 million sq. miles. Of this total land, 71% is habitable land – 40.15 million sq. miles.

Approximately, 50% of the habitable land – 20.7 million sq. miles is used for agriculture. The following tables present details of land use pattern.

Global land use:

Land Area 50.22 million sq. miles
Arable land 5.50 million sq. miles
Permanent crops 636,416 sq. miles
Permanent meadows and pastures 12.64 million sq. miles
Forest 15.44 million sq. miles
Primary forest 4.93 million sq. miles
Other naturally regenerated forests 9.37 million sq. miles
Planted forest 1.13 million sq. miles
Other land 16.04 million sq. miles
Inland water 1.76 million sq. miles
Total area equipped for irrigation 1.28 million sq. miles
Major region-wise land use:

World Map - Continent wise land use in percentages

Africa

Land Area 11.44 million sq. miles
Agricultural area 4.37 million sq. miles
Arable land 907,992 sq. miles
Permanent crops 130,853 sq. miles
Permanent meadows and pastures 3.32 million sq. miles
Forest 2.40 million sq. miles
Primary forest 521,423 sq. miles
Other naturally regenerated forest 1.82 million sq. miles
Planted forest 63,027 sq. miles
Other land 4.72 million sq. miles
Inland water 258,468 sq. miles
Total area equipped for irrigation 61,085 sq. miles

Americas

Land Area 14.97 million sq. miles
Agricultural area 4.73 million sq. miles
Arable land 1.43 million sq. miles
Permanent crops 107,305 sq. miles
Permanent meadows and pastures 3.18 million sq. miles
Forest 6.14 million sq. miles
Primary forest 2.78 million sq. miles
Other naturally regenerated forest 3.14 million sq. miles
Planted forest 225,255 sq. miles
Other land 4.09 million sq. miles
Inland water 757,833 sq. miles
Total area equipped for irrigation 201,719 sq. miles

Asia

Land Area 11.98 million sq. miles
Agricultural area 6.42 million sq. miles
Arable land 1.91 million sq. miles
Permanent crops 333,959 sq. miles
Permanent meadows and pastures 4.17 million sq. miles
Forest 2.29 million sq. miles
Primary forest 452,670 sq. miles
Other naturally regenerated forest 1.34 million sq. miles
Planted forest 497,450 sq. miles
Other land 3.26 million sq. miles
Inland water 364,364 sq. miles
Total area equipped for irrigation 909,201 sq. miles

Europe

Land Area 8.54 million sq. miles
Agricultural area 1.80 million sq. miles
Arable land 1.06 million sq. miles
Permanent crops 58,394 sq. miles
Permanent meadows and pastures 677,968 sq .miles
Forest 3.92 million sq. miles
Primary forest 1.07 million sq. miles
Other naturally regenerated forest 2.51 million sq. miles
Planted forest 330,267 sq. miles
Other land 2.82 million sq. miles
Inland water 356,978 sq. miles
Total area equipped for irrigation 100,714 sq. miles

Oceania

Land Area 3.27 million sq. miles
Agricultural area 1.46 million sq. miles
Arable land 182,510 sq. miles
Permanent crops 5,895 sq. miles
Permanent meadows and pastures 1.27 million sq. miles
Forest 669,976 sq. miles
Primary forest 103,703 sq. miles
Other naturally regenerated forest 549,357 sq. miles
Planted forest 16,911 sq. miles
Other land 1.14 million sq. miles
Inland water 28,915 sq. miles
Total area equipped for irrigation 12,590 sq. miles

Region-wise allocation of land for agriculture – percent of total land (2015):

South Asia 56.70%
East Asia and Pacific (excluding high income countries) 48.90%
Central Europe and the Baltics 47.80%
East Asia and Pacific 47.60%
Euro Area 43.80%
European Union 43.50%
Sub-Saharan Africa 42.20%
Sub-Saharan Africa (excluding high income countries) 42.20%
Latin America and Caribbean (excluding high income countries) 38.00%
Latin America and Caribbean 37.70%
Middle East and North Africa 33.30%
Middle East and North Africa (excluding high income countries) 22.90%
North America 25.70%
Pacific Island Small States 13.40%

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