DEFINITIONS FOR WORLD BANK'S WDI AND GDF DATA

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Definitions

CountIndicator NameShort DefinitionSourceTopicPeriodicityBase PeriodAggregation MethodConceptual ImplicationsNotesCommentsWDIGDF
1 Agricultural machinery, tractors Agricultural machinery refers to the number of wheel and crawler tractors (excluding garden tractors) in use in agriculture at the end of the calendar year specified or during the first quarter of the following year. Food and Agriculture Organization, electronic files and web site. Environment: Agricultural production Annual Sum WDI
2 Fertilizer consumption (% of fertilizer production) Fertilizer consumption measures the quantity of plant nutrients used per unit of arable land. Fertilizer products cover nitrogenous, potash, and phosphate fertilizers (including ground rock phosphate). Traditional nutrients--animal and plant manures--are Food and Agriculture Organization, electronic files and web site. Environment: Agricultural production Annual Weighted average WDI
3 Fertilizer consumption (kilograms per hectare of arable land) Fertilizer consumption measures the quantity of plant nutrients used per unit of arable land. Fertilizer products cover nitrogenous, potash, and phosphate fertilizers (including ground rock phosphate). Traditional nutrients--animal and plant manures--are Food and Agriculture Organization, electronic files and web site. Environment: Agricultural production Annual Weighted average WDI
4 Agricultural land (sq. km) Agricultural land refers to the share of land area that is arable, under permanent crops, and under permanent pastures. Arable land includes land defined by the FAO as land under temporary crops (double-cropped areas are counted once), temporary meadows f Food and Agriculture Organization, electronic files and web site. Environment: Land use Annual Sum WDI
5 Agricultural land (% of land area) Agricultural land refers to the share of land area that is arable, under permanent crops, and under permanent pastures. Arable land includes land defined by the FAO as land under temporary crops (double-cropped areas are counted once), temporary meadows f Food and Agriculture Organization, electronic files and web site. Environment: Land use Annual Weighted average WDI
6 Arable land (hectares) Arable land (in hectares) includes land defined by the FAO as land under temporary crops (double-cropped areas are counted once), temporary meadows for mowing or for pasture, land under market or kitchen gardens, and land temporarily fallow. Land abandone Food and Agriculture Organization, electronic files and web site. Environment: Land use Annual WDI
7 Arable land (hectares per person) Arable land (hectares per person) includes land defined by the FAO as land under temporary crops (double-cropped areas are counted once), temporary meadows for mowing or for pasture, land under market or kitchen gardens, and land temporarily fallow. Land Food and Agriculture Organization, electronic files and web site. Environment: Land use Annual Weighted average WDI
8 Arable land (% of land area) Arable land includes land defined by the FAO as land under temporary crops (double-cropped areas are counted once), temporary meadows for mowing or for pasture, land under market or kitchen gardens, and land temporarily fallow. Land abandoned as a result Food and Agriculture Organization, electronic files and web site. Environment: Land use Annual Weighted average WDI
9 Land under cereal production (hectares) Land under cereal production refers to harvested area, although some countries report only sown or cultivated area. Cereals include wheat, rice, maize, barley, oats, rye, millet, sorghum, buckwheat, and mixed grains. Production data on cereals relate to c Food and Agriculture Organization, electronic files and web site. Environment: Agricultural production Annual Sum WDI
10 Permanent cropland (% of land area) Permanent cropland is land cultivated with crops that occupy the land for long periods and need not be replanted after each harvest, such as cocoa, coffee, and rubber. This category includes land under flowering shrubs, fruit trees, nut trees, and vines, Food and Agriculture Organization, electronic files and web site. Environment: Land use Annual Weighted average WDI
11 Land area where elevation is below 5 meters (% of total land area) Land area below 5m is the percentage of total land where the elevation is 5 meters or less. Center for International Earth Science Information Network (CIESIN), Place II dataset. Environment: Land use Annual Weighted average WDI
12 Forest area (sq. km) Forest area is land under natural or planted stand S of trees of at least 5 meters in situ, whether productive or not, and excludes tree stand S in agricultural production systems (for example, in fruit plantations and agroforestry systems) and trees in u Food and Agriculture Organization, electronic files and web site. Environment: Land use Annual Sum WDI
13 Forest area (% of land area) Forest area is land under natural or planted stand S of trees of at least 5 meters in situ, whether productive or not, and excludes tree stand S in agricultural production systems (for example, in fruit plantations and agroforestry systems) and trees in u Food and Agriculture Organization, electronic files and web site. Environment: Land use Annual Weighted average WDI
14 Agricultural irrigated land (% of total agricultural land) Agricultural irrigated land refers to agricultural areas purposely provided with water, including land irrigated by controlled flooding. Food and Agriculture Organization, electronic files and web site. Environment: Land use Annual Weighted average WDI
15 Average precipitation in depth (mm per year) Average precipitation is the long-term average in depth (over space and time) of annual precipitation in the country. Precipitation is defined as any kind of water that falls from clouds as a liquid or a solid. Food and Agriculture Organization, electronic files and web site. Environment: Land use Annual WDI
16 Land area (sq. km) Land area is a country's total area, excluding area under inland water bodies, national claims to continental shelf, and exclusive economic zones. In most cases the definition of inland water bodies includes major rivers and lakes. Food and Agriculture Organization, electronic files and web site. Environment: Land use Annual Sum WDI
17 Agricultural machinery, tractors per 100 sq. km of arable land Agricultural machinery refers to the number of wheel and crawler tractors (excluding garden tractors) in use in agriculture at the end of the calendar year specified or during the first quarter of the following year. Arable land includes land defined by t Food and Agriculture Organization, electronic files and web site. Environment: Agricultural production Annual Weighted average WDI
18 Cereal production (metric tons) Production data on cereals relate to crops harvested for dry grain only. Cereal crops harvested for hay or harvested green for food, feed, or silage and those used for grazing are excluded. Food and Agriculture Organization, electronic files and web site. Environment: Agricultural production Annual WDI
19 Crop production index (2004-2006 = 100) Crop production index shows agricultural production for each year relative to the base period 2004-2006. It includes all crops except fodder crops. Regional and income group aggregates for the FAO's production indexes are calculated from the underlying va Food and Agriculture Organization, electronic files and web site. Environment: Agricultural production Annual 2004-06 Weighted average WDI
20 Food production index (2004-2006 = 100) Food production index covers food crops that are considered edible and that contain nutrients. Coffee and tea are excluded because, although edible, they have no nutritive value. Food and Agriculture Organization, electronic files and web site. Environment: Agricultural production Annual 2004-06 Weighted average WDI
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