Agriculture, which encompasses farming, is the process of producing food, feed, fiber and other goods by the systematic raising of plants and animals. Agricultural developments have been crucial factors in social change, including the specialization of human activity. According to the CIA Factbook 2008, 40% of the world's laborers are employed in agriculture, making it by far the most common occupation. Primary agricultural production accounts for less than 5% of the Gross World Product (an aggregate of all Gross Domestic Products), but much of the industrial production (one-third of GWP) derives from the processing of agricultural products, such as food and fiber.

The following outline is provided as an overview of and topical guide to agriculture:

Essence of agriculture

Main article: Agriculture

Agricultural production

Agricultural resources

Climate-based agriculture

Two branches of agriculture



Apiculture (Beekeeping)

Dairy farming






Agricultural Disciplines

Agricultural chemistry

Agricultural communication

Agricultural economics

Agricultural education

Agricultural engineering

Agricultural philosophy

Agricultural policy

Agricultural science


Agricultural soil science


Animal husbandry

History of agriculture

Agriculturally-based manufacturing industries

Food industry

Pulp and paper industry

Agricultural markets

Food distribution

Food outlets

General agricultural terms

Prominent agricultural scientists

Agriculture lists

External links

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