Lesotho - Agricultural land

Agricultural land (sq. km)

The value for Agricultural land (sq. km) in Lesotho was 23,120 as of 2011. As the graph below shows, over the past 50 years this indicator reached a maximum value of 25,830 in 1967 and a minimum value of 22,870 in 1983.

Definition: 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.

Source: Food and Agriculture Organization, electronic files and web site.

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Year Value
1961 25,810
1962 25,760
1963 25,760
1964 25,780
1965 25,780
1966 25,830
1967 25,830
1968 25,330
1969 24,780
1970 24,270
1971 23,640
1972 23,590
1973 23,590
1974 23,590
1975 23,760
1976 23,590
1977 22,920
1978 22,930
1979 23,090
1980 22,960
1981 23,020
1982 22,920
1983 22,870
1984 23,010
1985 23,080
1986 22,910
1987 23,300
1988 23,430
1989 23,050
1990 23,210
1991 23,230
1992 23,360
1993 23,340
1994 23,290
1995 23,240
1996 23,260
1997 23,290
1998 23,290
1999 23,290
2000 23,340
2001 23,340
2002 23,040
2003 23,040
2004 23,140
2005 23,270
2006 23,070
2007 23,290
2008 23,620
2009 23,390
2010 23,260
2011 23,120

Agricultural land (% of land area)

Agricultural land (% of land area) in Lesotho was 76.15 as of 2011. Its highest value over the past 50 years was 85.08 in 1967, while its lowest value was 75.33 in 1983.

Definition: 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.

Source: Food and Agriculture Organization, electronic files and web site.

See also:

Year Value
1961 85.01
1962 84.85
1963 84.85
1964 84.91
1965 84.91
1966 85.08
1967 85.08
1968 83.43
1969 81.62
1970 79.94
1971 77.87
1972 77.70
1973 77.70
1974 77.70
1975 78.26
1976 77.70
1977 75.49
1978 75.53
1979 76.05
1980 75.63
1981 75.82
1982 75.49
1983 75.33
1984 75.79
1985 76.02
1986 75.46
1987 76.75
1988 77.17
1989 75.92
1990 76.45
1991 76.52
1992 76.94
1993 76.88
1994 76.71
1995 76.55
1996 76.61
1997 76.71
1998 76.71
1999 76.71
2000 76.88
2001 76.88
2002 75.89
2003 75.89
2004 76.22
2005 76.65
2006 75.99
2007 76.71
2008 77.80
2009 77.04
2010 76.61
2011 76.15

Classification

Topic: Environment Indicators

Sub-Topic: Land use