Food and Agriculture Statistics

Emissions due to agriculture. Global, regional and country trends 2000–2018

The FAOSTAT emissions databaset is composed of several data domains. It helps document the main trends and impacts of food and agriculture on atmospheric greenhouse gas (GHG) concentrations over the period 1961–2018.

FAO emissions estimates are available over the period 1961–2018 for agriculture production processes from crop and livestock activities. Land use emissions and removals are generally available only for the period 1990–2019. Forest land data are collected from FAO Forest Resources Assessments (FRA)in five-year cycles. Other land use datasets are based geospatial information, for instance drained organic soils, savanna and forest fires, which are available for the period 1990–2019. Sources of non-CO2 emissions from agricultural activities are summarized in Emissions-Agriculture Total. The activity data underlying the emissions in this aggregate are based on country data officially reported to FAO (for instance, livestock numbers, harvested area, fertilizers use in agriculture). Projections to 2030 and 2050 are also available. The CO2 emissions associated with land use and land use change are summarized in Emissions–Land Use Total. Data on Energy Use are available for the period 1970–2018.

Download the FAOSTAT analytical brief on overall trends over the period 2000–2018.

To know more: 

Emerging activities to combat climate change – use of FAO data and IPCC GHG Inventory Guidelines for Agriculture and Land Use.

United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change.