Malawi: Arable land, percent of land area

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 Malawi

Arable land, percent of total land area

 Latest value 42.4
 Year 2021
 Measure percent
 Data availability 1961 - 2021
 Average 26.9
 Min - Max 13.8 - 42.4
 Source The World Bank
For that indicator, we provide data for Malawi from 1961 to 2021. The average value for Malawi during that period was 26.9 percent with a minimum of 13.8 percent in 1961 and a maximum of 42.4 percent in 2021. The latest value from 2021 is 42.4 percent. For comparison, the world average in 2021 based on 192 countries is 14.3 percent. See the global rankings for that indicator or use the country comparator to compare trends over time.
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Recent values chart
Malawi - Arable land, percent of land area - Recent values chart

Historical chart
Malawi - Arable land, percent of land area - historical chart - 1961-2021




Definition: Arable land 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.


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 Forest area, percent 23.3 2021 percent
 Percent agricultural land 64.17 2021 percent
 Employment in agriculture 61.92 2021 percent
 GDP share of agriculture 21.76 2022 percent
 Agriculture value added 2.86 2022 billion U.S. dollars
 Agricultural land 60,500 2021 sq. km.
 Crop production index 133.8 2021 index points
 Precipitation 1,181 2020 mm per year
 Arable land, percent of land area 42.4 2021 percent
 Cereal crop yield by hectar 2,441 2021 kg per hectar
 Food production index 141.7 2021 index points
 Fertilizer use 96.7 2021 kg per hectare of arable land
 Livestock production index 161.9 2021 index points
 Forest area, sq.km 21,997.0 2021 sq. km
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