Total factor and labour productivity of the United Kingdom agriculture industry


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Total factor and labour productivity of the United Kingdom agriculture industry

Indicator description

Total factor productivity is a key measure of the economic performance of agriculture and an important driver of farm incomes. It represents how efficiently the agricultural industry uses the resources that are available to turn inputs into outputs.

Geographical coverage

United Kingdom

Unit of measurement



All outputs - the volume of all outputs sold off the farm. This excludes transactions within the industry.

All inputs - the volume of goods and services purchased and consumed. This excludes transactions within the industry.

Total factor productivity - how efficiently all inputs are turned into outputs. Derived by dividing all outputs by all inputs.

Partial productivity (part of the productivity disaggregation) - partial productivity shows the impact key inputs have on productivity. It measures total outputs against a part of the inputs and shows how efficiently productivity by intermediate consumption, capital consumption, labour or land is transformed into outputs. Derived by dividing all outputs by each factor.

Available disaggregations

Productivity, Outputs, Inputs


No calculations were performed in the data acquisition of this indicator as appropriate data was readily available in the final format specified by this indicator.

Other information

Outputs and inputs are adjusted for quality by weighting the volumes by price. This indicator is being used as an approximation of the UN SDG Indicator. Where possible, we will work to identify or develop UK data to meet the global indicator specification. This indicator has been identified in collaboration with topic experts.

Data last updated 13 May 2022
Metadata last updated 23 May 2022

This table provides information on metadata for SDG indicators as defined by the UN Statistical Commission. Complete global metadata is provided by the UN Statistics Division.

Indicator name

Volume of production per labour unit by classes of farming/pastoral/forestry enterprise size

Target name

By 2030, double the agricultural productivity and incomes of small-scale food producers, in particular women, indigenous peoples, family farmers, pastoralists and fishers, including through secure and equal access to land, other productive resources and inputs, knowledge, financial services, markets and opportunities for value addition and non-farm employment

Global indicator description
UN designated tier

Tier II

UN custodian agency

Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO)

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Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs (Defra)



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Geographical coverage

United Kingdom

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Release date 12 May 2022
Next release

December 2022

Statistical classification

National statistics

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