Land and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

Goal 2: Zero hunger
Target 2.4: By 2030, ensure sustainable food production systems and implement resilient agricultural practices that increase productivity and production, that help maintain ecosystems, that strengthen capacity for adaptation to climate change, extreme weather, drought, flooding and other disasters and that progressively improve land and soil quality

This indicator is defined as the percentage of "agricultural area" that is "area under productive and sustainable agriculture."

"Agricultural area" is defined as arable land + permanent crops + permanent meadows and pastures.

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Agricultural Area (1'000 Ha) is the land area mainly devoted to agriculture. It includes arable land, permanent crops, and permanent pasture, as defined by FAO.

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Total area (1'000 Ha) devoted to organic agriculture.

Agricultural Irrigated area as a share of total agricultural land.

This indicator measures agricultural methane emissions (CH4) in terms of thousand metric tons of CO2 equivalent.

This indicator measures agricultural nitrous oxide (N2O) emissions in terms of thousand metric tons of CO2 equivalent.

Arable land (1'000 Ha) is the land under temporary agricultural crops (multiple-cropped areas are counted only once), temporary meadows for mowing or pasture, land under market and kitchen gardens

GHG net emissions/removals by LUCF refers to changes in atmospheric levels of all greenhouse gases attributable to forest and land-use change activities, including but not limited to (1) emissions

Permanent crops (1'000 Ha) - land cultivated with long-term crops which do not have to be replanted for several years (such as cocoa and coffee); land under trees and shrubs producing flowers, such

Permanent meadows and pastures - land used permanently (five years or more) to grow herbaceous forage crops, either cultivated or growing wild (wild prairie or grazing land).

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Indicator details

Tier 3

Internationally established methodology or standards is not yet available for the indicator, but methodology/standards are being (or will be) developed or tested.

Key dates

FAO Expert meeting for SDG indicator 2.4.1

3 April 2017 to 4 April 2017

This workshop brought together technical experts and statisticians to support the methodological work being conducted for SDG indicator 2.4.1.