Agricultural lands, comprising arable land, permanent crops and pasture, occupy about 40% of the earth’s land surface, and these lands are expanding. Most of the agricultural land is under pasture (-70%) and only a small percentage (<3%) are under permanent crops. Over the past foru decades, an average of 6 million ha of forest and grassland has been converted to agriculture annually. Agricultural lands will continue to increase in the coming decades, with large increases expected in Latin America and Africa.
Topic: carbon sequestration, smallholders, communities, forestry, agriculture, agroforestry
Publisher: World Agroforestry Centre
Publication Year: 2009
Source: Proceedings of the 4th World Congress on Conservation Agriculture, 4-7 February 2009. New Delhi, India. 351-355