Agriculture in Algeria

Algeria: at the heart of a high-potential market undergoing an agricultural renaissance


  • 10% of the nation’s GDP comes from agriculture
  • 41.4 million hectares of agricultural land (17.4% of the territory)
  • 8.5 million hectares of Utilised Agricultural Land (UAL)
  • More than 1 million farms
  • 95% of the agricultural equipment needs come from imports
  • 25% of the working population employed by this sector
  • Increase in agricultural production since the launch of the National Agricultural and Rural Development Programme (PNDAR) and the agricultural and rural economy regeneration policy


2015-2019 – The new Government Action Plan, prioritising the development of domestic agriculture and the promotion of agricultural products, has the following aims:

  • Invest in food safety, improve quality, diversify and promote local products with annual funding of 300 billion dinars (€3 billion) allotted to agriculture;
  • Develop irrigation to reach the target of 2 million hectares of newly-irrigated land;
  • Promote the mechanisation of production to compensate for the shortfall in farm labour;
  • Meet substantial needs in 10 priority areas:
    • Cereals
    • Raw milk
    • Red meat and poultry
    • Pulses
    • Potatoes
    • Olives
    • Tomatoes for processing
    • Fruit growing
    • Date growing
  • Support the development of agro-industrial activity (new business creation, development of relationships with world leaders with technological and market expertise, improvement of business environment)
  • Develop infrastructure
  • Promote the transmission of know-how and R&D.

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