HomeAboutActivitiesMapsPhotosPublicationsNews
 
Home >> African environment collection >> Current and potential arable land use in Africa
File type Download Size Language
.pdf .pdf Download 1 mb -
.jpg .jpg Download 220 kb -
Uploaded on Wednesday 22 Feb 2012 by GRID-Arendal

Current and potential arable land use in Africa

Year: 2006 Author: Hugo Ahlenius, UNEP/GRID-Arendal
Description:
Out of the total land area in Africa, only a fraction is used for arable land. Using soil, land cover and climatic characteristics a FAO study has estimated the potential land area for rainfed crops, excluding built up areas and forests – neither of which would be available for agriculture. According to the study, the potential – if realised – would mean an increase ranging from 150 – 700% percent per region, with a total potential for the whole of Africa in 300 million hectares. Note that the actual arable land in 2003 is higher than the potential in a few countries, like Egypt, due to irrigation.
Views: 5240     Downloads: 1368     Rating: 4
Nigeria and the freshwater challenge
Emissions of carbon dioxide, in Africa and selected OECD countries
Sub-Saharan Africa: Mineral resources and political instability
Woodfuel and energy consumption
Agriculture in Africa, value added out of GDP
Africa: policy on genetically modified organisms (GMO) and genetically engineered (GE) foods
Coastal issues in the islands of Comoros and Mayotte
Pesticides stockpiles in Africa