Irrigated Village anthromes near Estacion de Blanca, Spain.
of land area
of global population
of food calories
of key biodiversity areas
of protected areas
of carbon storage

Villages characterized by irrigated crops

Irrigated villages are small settlements or communities (population ≥100 persons per square kilometer) located in areas where water is artificially supplied through a system of channels, pipes, or wells to ≥20% of the land area for agriculture. The irrigation system allows crops to be grown year-round, creating a reliable source of food and income for the local population. As of 2017 CE, irrigated villages are the third largest anthrome by population globally while occupying the sixth smallest percentage of land area. Most irrigated villages are located in Asia and have a high population density. Even with this small land area, irrigated villages produce the third largest amount of food calories, compared to all anthromes. Irrigated villages have the fourth lowest percentage of carbon storage compared to all other anthromes.

Featured image attribution:
Irrigated Village anthromes near Estacion de Blanca, Spain. Credit: François Molle/IRD Attribution 2.0 Generic (CC BY 2.0)