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Jamaica and Rwanda leverage
Global Office Research
to improve crop statistics

The primary objective of the research component is to develop cost-effective methods that can be adopted downstream to improve agricultural statistics. However, experience by the Global Office during in-country testing shows that pilot countries often experience an accelerated benefit from their participation by receiving advanced training and integrating the methods into their systems immediately after testing.

Methodological experiments on measuring crop area and yield were implemented by the Ministry of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and fisheries (MICAF) of Jamaica and the National Institute of Statistics Rwanda (NISR). As part of the experiment, the Indian Agricultural Statistical Research Institute (IASRI) provided training on the crop cutting technique for production measurement, and Computer Assisted Personal Interviewing (CAPI) for data collection.

After the successful conclusion of the experiments, both NISR and MICAF decided to incorporate crop cutting into their crop yield estimation methodology for the first time. Furthermore, the institutions plan to use the CAPI training and equipment to collect data for other surveys. NISR and MICAF believe that the implementation of these new tools and methods will have a positive impact on the quality of agricultural statistics and reduce time formerly spent on data verification and analyses.

Michael Pryce, Director at Ministry of Agriculture & Fisheries, Jamaica
Sebastian Manzi, Director of Economic Statistics at the National Institute of Statistics, Rwanda



Recent regional meetings in Asia-Pacific

The Global Strategy in Asia-Pacific organized a week of learning, reviewing and knowledge-sharing meetings as it steps forward to reach its ambitious goals in the final year of its initial five-year mandate in the region.  Held from 14 to 17 November, the meeting week brought together partners, experts and representatives from participating countries, to cover a great number of agricultural statistics related issues, ranging from preparedness of the GS countries to monitor the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to utilization of new cost effective methods developed under the framework of the Global Strategy. 

Two days of the week were specifically dedicated to SDGs and technical assistance.  The Workshop on Statistical Capacity of countries to monitor the Sustainable Development Goals related to Agricultural and Rural Statistics also featured remote presentations from FAO Rome on the status of methodologies for SDG indicators, as well as country group work focused on Asia Pacific countries’ capacity to meet data requirements for the SDGs.  The Adoption of New Cost Effective Methods under the Global Strategy meeting presented new GS methodologies, followed by country group work on the relevance of the methodologies and technical assistance and training requirements to address country challenges and improve capacity. 

The week culminated in the sixth GS Asia Pacific Regional Steering Committee (RSC) meeting, which focused on this year’s accomplishments, the endorsement of the 2017 workplan, and the election of the new RSC Chair and Deputy Chairs. Mr. Savanh Hanephom, Deputy Director General of the Lao PDR Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry, will act as the new Chair and Mr. Kencho Thinley, Chief Planning Officer at the Policy and Planning Division of the Ministry of Agriculture and Forests (Bhutan) as the new Deputy Chair. The RSC recognized the significance of the GS in Asia Pacific moving into its last year of operation, and agreed to collaborate diligently during this final stage. 

Global Strategy Asia-Pacific


AMIS International Seminar on Improving Private Food Grain Stock Measurement

Following the success of the International Seminar on Approaches and Methodologies for Crop Monitoring and Production Forecasting, held in Bangladesh in May 2016, the capacity building component of the AMIS project organized a second  seminar on the following topic: Approaches and Methodologies for Private Food Grain Stock Measurement. The international seminar was organized in close collaboration with the Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare of the Government of India in New Delhi from 9 to 11 November 2016.

Over 70 professionals, including 19 experts from Bangladesh, Brazil, China, Indonesia, Mexico, the Philippines, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Ukraine, USA, and Vietnam, attended the seminar and shared their experiences.
In addition to the inaugural session that was also attended by senior Government Officials from India, the seminar included five technical sessions, in which 22 technical papers were presented. The papers mainly addressed the following topics: policy and environment for measurement of private food grain stocks, the role of the private sector in grain storage and regulatory structure for warehousing, experiences in measuring private food grain stocks, recent regional experiences in measuring private food grains stocks and innovative approaches for indirect measurement of private stocks.

Yakob Seid, Statistician, AMIS

Upcoming Meetings

Expert Meeting on Agricultural Productivity and Efficiency

6-7 december 2016, USDA, Washington dc


Technical Consultation on Methodology to measure SDG Indicator 2.4.1.

12-13 december 2016, FAO headquarters, rome


Sustaining the development of agricultural statistics through national agricultural policies

23-25 january 2017, dakar, senegal


5th Meeting of the Regional Steering Committee (RSTC) for Africa

26-27 january 2017, dakar, senegal


4th Regional Coordination Meeting for Africa

27 january 2017, dakar, senegal

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