Cultivated land dataset of countries along the Belt and Road (1961-2015)

The data set records the Cultivated land of 1961-2015 countries along 65 countries along the Belt and Road. Arable land (in hectares) includes land defined by the FAO as land under temporary crops (double-cropped areas are counted once), temporary meadows for mowing or for pasture, land under market or kitchen gardens, and land temporarily fallow. Land abandoned as a result of shifting cultivation is excluded.Data sources: Food and Agriculture Organization, electronic files and web site. The data collected by the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations from official national sources through the questionnaire are supplemented with information from official secondary data sources. The secondary sources cover official country data from websites of national ministries, national publications and related country data reported by various international organizations. Data on agricultural land are valuable for conducting studies on a various perspectives concerning agricultural production, food security and for deriving cropping intensity among others uses. Agricultural land indicator, along with land-use indicators, can also elucidate the environmental sustainability of countries' agricultural practices.

The dataset contains 3 tables:Arable land (hectares), Arable land(hectares per person), Arable land (% of land area)

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XU Xinliang. Cultivated land dataset of countries along the Belt and Road (1961-2015). National Tibetan Plateau Data Center, 2019. (Download the reference: RIS | Bibtex )

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Pan-Third Pole Environment Study for a Green Silk Road-A CAS Strategic Priority A Program (No:XDA20000000)

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Geographic coverage
East: 121.00 West: 4.00
South: 6.00 North: 56.00
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  • Temporal coverage: 1961-01-01 To 2015-12-31
  • Updated time: 2019-07-18
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