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Land statistics and indicators 2000–2021

Global, regional and country trends










FAO. 2023. Land use statistics and indicators 2000–2021. Global, regional and country trends. FAOSTAT Analytical Briefs Series No. 71. Rome. 



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    The FAOSTAT Land Use statistics and associated land indicators provide information on the full land use matrix by country, including agricultural land (1961–2018) and forest land (1990–2018). These statistics are based on data collected annually from countries via a standard Land Use, Irrigation and Agricultural Practices questionnaire. Forest land statistics in the dataset are collected separately from countries through the FAO Global Forest Resources Assessment (FRA, 2020). The FAOSTAT Land Cover statistics are conversely produced by FAO, based on its Land Cover Classification System (FAO-LCCS) (De Gregorio, 2015). Information is derived from remote sensing products generated independently by specialized Agencies, currently NASA (MODIS land cover) and the European Copernicus Climate Change service (CCI land cover). Thei brief provides an overview of the main results and changes over time in land use statistics with a focus on agricultural land uses, and with details at global, regional and country level. Additional information is provided on important irrigation and agricultural practices also collected via the above-mentioned FAO questionnaire. It also presents some of the results from the land cover dataset also at global, regional and country level and compares them to land use statistics, thus giving for the first time a joint view of land statistics in FAOSTAT.
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    Land use statistics and indicators
    Global, regional and country trends, 2000–2020
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    Land use statistics describe activities undertaken for the purpose of economic production, and more recently for the maintenance and restoration of environmental functions. The FAOSTAT domains Land Use, Land use indicators and Land Cover are available for 198 countries and 43 territories over 1961–2020. The land use data disseminated in FAOSTAT are relevant to monitor sustainable and productive agriculture, forestry and fisheries activities at national, regional and global level. In particular, agricultural land statistics serve as a denominator to compute SDG indicator 2.4.1. This analytical brief reports the main results and changes over time in land use with a focus on agricultural land uses and its components, including important irrigation and agricultural practices, and with details at global, regional and country level during the past decades (2000–2020).
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    Employment indicators 2000–2021
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    FAO updates the employment indicators in FAOSTAT each year, using data from the International Labour Organization (ILO) ILOSTAT database that contains a rich set of indicators from a wide range of topics related to labour statistics. FAOSTAT disseminates 18 indicators on employment in agriculture and in rural areas. According to the latest data, employment in agriculture, forestry and fishing declined globally from 1 billion people in 2000 to 873 million people in 2021.

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