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India's Agricultural Population Grew 50 Per Cent In 30 Years
India is followed by China with recorded a 33 percent growth as a result of overall population growth, Press Trust of India (PTI) reports the institute as saying in its latest report.
"The agricultural population of the US, however, declined by 37 percent thanks to large-scale mechanisation, improved crop varieties, fertilisers, pesticides and federal subsidies -- all of which contributed to economies of scale and consolidation in US agriculture," the report said.
Global agricultural population -- defined as individuals dependent on agriculture, hunting, fishing and forestry for livelihood -- accounted for over 37 percent of the world's population in 2011.
This is a decrease of 12 percent from 1980, when the world's agricultural and non agricultural populations were roughly the same size.
Although agricultural population shrunk as a share of total population between 1980 and 2011, it grew numerically from 2.2 billion to 2.6 billion people during this period, wrote Worldwatch senior fellow Sophie Wenzlau in the institute's latest Vital Signs Online trend.
According to Wenzlau, Africa's agricultural population grew by 63 percent and its non agricultural population by 221 percent between 1980 and 2011.
Oceania's agricultural population increased by 49 percent and non agricultural population by 65 percent, while Asia's agricultural population rose by 20 percent and non agricultural population by 134 percent.
Combination of movement to cities and agricultural consolidation caused agricultural populations to decline in Europe and the Americas between 1980 and 2011.
Agricultural population fell by 66 percent in Europe, 45 percent in North America, 35 percent in South America, 13 percent in Central America, and 7 percent in the Caribbean.
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