12% expansion of area of land to cultivate food crops and 150% increase in productivity 1960-2010

May 24, 2015

Agricultural production

• Expansion in the area of land used to cultivated food crops between 1960 and 2010: 12%

• Increase in world agricultural productivity during the same period: 150-200%

• Extent of total cultivated land (rainfed + irrigated) in 1961: 1.4 billion hectares

• Extent of total cultivated land (rainfed + irrigated) in 2006: 1.5 billion hectares

• Cultivated area where irrigation was practiced in 1961: 139 million hectares• Cultivated area where irrigation was practiced in 2006: 301 million hectares

• Average number of hectares of cultivated area needed to feed one person in 1961: 0.45 ha

• Average number of hectares of cultivated area needed to feed one person in 2006: 0.22 ha

 

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United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), "Fast Facts: The State of the World's Land and Water Resources," http://www.fao.org/fileadmin/user_upload/newsroom/docs/en-solaw-facts_1.pdf.

 

[See full report here: http://www.fao.org/docrep/017/i1688e/i1688e.pdf]

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