Land Availability in Africa. Two recent reports reflect the vast areas of land in Africa which could be brought under agricultural production. OECD's Agricultural Outlook Report for 2009 reports that there are about 240 million hectares of land available for farming in Africa, and another 200 million hectares available in South America. (The OECD report also has an interesting discussion of past and future growth in crop yields.) A second report, by FAO and the World Bank, concludes that, of the 400 million hectares of land suitable for farming in the Guinea savannah, only about 10% is currently in agricultural use.
posted July 2, 2009 at 11:15 a.m.