arable arable  /ˈɛ rə bəl/


  • (adj) (of farmland) capable of being farmed productively



  1. Daewoo's plan to grow corn for Korean consumption on half an African nation's arable land raises eyebrows.
  2. Without arable land or any fresh water, these 18 hectares of rocky mounds are barely habitable by humans.
  3. Searchinger acknowledges that biofuels can be a godsend if they don't use arable land.


  • Egypt Seen Assured of Wheat-Import Financing by FranceAgriMer

    Egypt, the world’s biggest wheat buyer, will obtain financing for its imports of the grain “no matter what,” according to Olivia Le Lamer, head of the arable- crops unit at French crop office FranceAgriMer.
    on July 10, 2013     Source: Bloomberg


  1. In March, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said, "In coming decades, changes in our environment and the resulting upheavals -- from droughts to inundated coastal areas to loss of arable lands -- are likely to become a major driver of war and...
    on Jun 22, 2007 By: Ban Ki-moon Source: Seattle Post Intelligencer

  2. "At the extreme it threatens our very existence but well before that point it could well incite new wars of an old kind over basic resources like food, water and arable land," said Clinton.
    on Jan 21, 2009 By: Hillary Rodham Clinton Source:

  3. Just before leaving for Accra, Obama said: "There is no reason why Africa cannot be self-sufficient when it comes to food. It has sufficient arable land. What's lacking is the right seeds, the right irrigation, but also the kinds of institutional...
    on Jul 10, 2009 By: Barack Obama Source: AFP

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