Rainfed Agriculture

Key Facts

The importance of rainfed sources of food weighs disproportionately on women, who make up some 70% of the world’s poor. 1
Some 93% of farmed land is rainfed in Sub-Saharan Africa, 87% in Latin America, 67% in the Near East and North Africa, 65% in East Asia, and 58% in South Asia. Most countries depend primarily on rainfed agriculture for their grain food. 2
There are regions of food insecurity. Of the 6.5 billion population today, about 850 million people face food insecurity. About 60% of them live in South Asia and sub-Saharan Africa. 3

Photos: 1 – Sara F. Rodriguez, 2 – Gates Foundation, 3 – U.S. Department of Agriculture

1  – WHO 2000, 2 – FAO 2002, 3 – Molden, 2007