Which Country Has the Largest Agricultural Land Area?

Agricultural Land Area ('000 sq km), 2014
Agriculture | February 22, 2018
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Based on a comparison of 176 countries in 2014, China ranked the highest in agricultural land area with 5,171 '000 sq km followed by USA and Australia. On the other end of the scale was Singapore with 0.007 '000 sq km, Cayman Islands with 0.027 '000 sq km and Seychelles with 0.030 '000 sq km.

Total agricultural land area reached 49,081 '000 sq km in 2014 in the World according to Faostat. This is 0.102 % more than in the previous year and -0.163 % less than 10 years ago.

Historically, total agricultural land area reached an all time high of 49,245 '000 sq km in 2000 and an all time low of 38,712 '000 sq km in 1961. The average annual growth amounted to 0.449 % since 1960.

The top ranked country, China, accounted for 10.5 % of agricultural land area in the world. The top 3 countries hold a 27.2 % share while the ten largest countries some 53.9 % in 2014.

Data for more countries are available at Agricultural Land Area indicator page.

Agricultural Land Area Unit 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014
Argentina '000 sq km 1,441 1,433 1,467 1,475 1,488
Australia '000 sq km 4,173 4,090 3,986 4,097 4,055
Brazil '000 sq km 2,735 2,735 2,734 2,750 2,756
Canada '000 sq km 646 639 633 626 653
China '000 sq km 5,154 5,172 5,188 5,191 5,146
India '000 sq km 1,797 1,800 1,798 1,798 1,793
Kazakhstan '000 sq km 2,078 2,085 2,087 2,091 2,080
Mexico '000 sq km 1,029 1,028 1,030 1,032 1,067
Mongolia '000 sq km 1,141 1,137 1,136 1,135 1,134
Nigeria '000 sq km 770 742 762 762 720
Russia '000 sq km 2,155 2,156 2,138 2,153 2,144
Saudi Arabia '000 sq km 1,736 1,734 1,734 1,734 1,734
South Africa '000 sq km 971 970 969 964 963
Sudan '000 sq km 1,367 1,362 1,362 1,087 1,127
USA '000 sq km 4,142 4,116 4,109 4,113 4,087