Improved livelihoods and food security through unlocking the potential of rainfed agriculture uri icon


  • Eighty per cent of the world's agricultural land area is rainfed and generates 58% ofthe world's staple foods (SIWI, 2001). The importance of rainfed agriculture variesregionally, but produces most food for poor communities in developing countries. Insub-Saharan Africa (SSA) more than 95% of the farmed land is rainfed, while the correspondingfIgure for Latin America is almost 90%, for South Asia about 60%, for EastAsia 65% and for Near East and North Africa 75%. Farming systems in sub-Saharan

publication date

  • 2007