South Africa: Arable land, percent of land area

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 South Africa

Arable land, percent of total land area

 Latest value 9.9
 Year 2021
 Measure percent
 Data availability 1961 - 2021
 Average 10.4
 Min - Max 9.9 - 11.4
 Source The World Bank
For that indicator, we provide data for South Africa from 1961 to 2021. The average value for South Africa during that period was 10.4 percent with a minimum of 9.9 percent in 1961 and a maximum of 11.4 percent in 2000. The latest value from 2021 is 9.9 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
South Africa - Arable land, percent of land area - Recent values chart

Historical chart
South Africa - 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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