35 per cent of all farms are in China.
Photo: FAO/F. Botts
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Land plays a crucial role in rural transformation. However, information allowing a comparison of number, size and distribution of farms and farmland throughout the world and, above all, showing how these factors are changing over time is difficult to come by. FAO researchers evaluated agricultural census reports from 167 countries and have arrived at some interesting results.

In order to better understand rural transformation, it is important to know how average farm size and farmland distribution have changed over time in each region of the world. This is above all also interesting with regard to what might be expected when countries move to higher levels of economic development. First of all, however, we have to define more precisely what we mean by “farm”.

 

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