Agriculture & Rural Land Use

When teaching about agriculture, there are so many different things you can focus on. For the purpose of this project, especially if you use this case study alongside a few others, I have chosen to focus on World Agricultural Regions and World Climatic Regions. These are two classification systems that allow students to compare areas with similar climates, as well as to connect agricultural products with climate – what grows well where? This can allow for some good comparisons across other areas of the world and allow students to practice their map skills.

World Agricultural Regions

  • A great document explaining crop areas around the world is from the USDA. Major World Crop Areas is an exhaustive list of regions and states and what their prime crops are. The downside is that it is from 1987 and does not reflect current political boundaries. However, I would turn this into an opportunity to examine how maps change as boundaries change.
  • According to the 2011 Indian Census of Jammu and Kashmir, over 70% of the population derives its livelihood from agricultural activity. The primary crops are rice, maize and wheat. Secondary crops such asparagus, artichokes, cauliflower, cabbage, and orchard fruits are also grown in the temperate climate.
  • Whittlesey’s classification of agricultural activities is one of the most widely used methods of grouping agriculture. This article is a great, minimalist, explanation; however you can read the original article here.
  • Another source on the different type of agriculture.
  • Looking for more? Here is a video on Agricultural Regions.
  • A video on the agricultural regions of India
  • A great PowerPoint on teaching agriculture. It is from the University of Texas website, but it looks like a textbook PowerPoint to me but it is not attributed to any particular author on line.
  • Map of the world Agricultural Regions, from Fouberg, Murphy, de Blij; Human Geography: People, Place, and Culture, 10th This map is a little more detailed than Whittlesey’s map, but it is a better visual representation for students to use.

World Climatic Regions

  • Comparable to agricultural regions, there are regional climatic classifications. The primary system is the Koppen climate classification, based on the work of Wladmir Koppen in the early twentieth century. The Sustainable Council, part of the Audubon Society, provides a description of each area. A more comprehensive description can be found here.
  • The following map is also from Fouberg, Murphy, de Blij; Human Geography: People, Place, and Culture, 10th

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