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Agricultural land as a share of land area


In 2016, agricultural land as a share of land area in France was 52.4 %. In the ranking by agricultural land as a share of land area including 192 countries, France has the 36th rank that is close to the positions of such countries as Finland and the Germany. Compared to Australia which at the top of the ranking with agricultural land as a share of land area of 48.2 % in 2016, France has 8.72 % percent higher agricultural land as a share of land area.

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What is agricultural land as a share of land area?

Agricultural land refers to the share of land area that is arable, under permanent crops, and under permanent pastures. 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. Land under permanent crops is land cultivated with crops that occupy the land for long periods and need not be replanted after each harvest, such as cocoa, coffee, and rubber. This category includes land under flowering shrubs, fruit trees, nut trees, and vines, but excludes land under trees grown for wood or timber. Permanent pasture is land used for five or more years for forage, including natural and cultivated crops.

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