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FAO Director-General acknowledges the importance of the Global Strategy at ICAS VII

The Seventh International Conference on Agricultural Statistics (ICAS VII) was held in Rome – Italy on 26-28 October 2016. ICAS VII was organized by the Italian National Institute of Statistics (ISTAT), in close collaboration with the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO). The Conference convened senior agricultural statisticians from all over the world and focused on bringing together research and best practices in the field of agriculture statistics, in response to the changing needs and opportunities for agricultural statistics.

“The advent of the 23rd Agenda for Sustainable Development has been a turning point for the global statistical system” said FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva at the Opening Ceremony. “As a custodian agency of 21 SDG indicators, FAO will perform three main functions, first, contribute to building countries’ capacity to collect relevant data, second, harmonize the information provided by countries and third, produce global and regional aggregates. However, because these requirements exceed the capacities of National Statistical Systems (NSSs), FAO has been working to put in place the necessary statistical capacity thanks to several important initiatives, implemented by the Global Strategy to improve Agricultural and Rural Statistics. These initiatives include innovative approaches and cost-effective methodologies such as the use of mobile phones for data collection, and remote sensing for building agricultural survey frames,” he added.

“An innovative Survey Toolkit is being implemented: the Agricultural Integrated Survey (AGRIS). This survey programme will allow countries to collect key information on the economic, environmental, social and technical dimensions of farms, including small farms over a cycle of 10 years” concluded Graziano da Silva. Thanks to AGRIS, countries will be able to provide basic data for monitoring the key agricultural SDG indicators. Finally, to support the implementation of AGRIS, FAO is currently establishing a partnership with the World Bank, called GRAInS, which also involves other relevant partners. 

Global Office, Global Strategy 


Global Office hosts Training and Outreach Workshop for Agricultural Surveys

Ahead of ICAS VII, the Global Office of the Global Strategy to improve Agricultural and Rural Statistics, conducted a two-day Training and Outreach Workshop on Agricultural Surveys. The objectives were three fold:
  • to disseminate the main sound and cost-effective methodological proposals developed under the Global Strategy
  • to discuss papers related to the measurement of agricultural phenomena
  • to bring country partners and experts together to share knowledge and experience in implementing the most demanded statistical methods 
The participants in the Training Workshop included 60 academics, experts and managers from National Statistical systems and Ministries of Agriculture from all over the world. Several topics of the Global Strategy’s Research component were presented and followed by in-depth discussions wherein participants provided their insights and experiences. These contributions will play a key role in ensuring that the methodologies developed by the Global Office are robust and applicable across countries.

Michael Rahija, Global Office


AMIS: working towards improving crop production forecasting

The AMIS project organized a series of inception workshops on improving crop production forecasts to enhance country systems using additional data sources and tools available. The workshops took place in Senegal, Zimbabwe and Kenya in September 2016.

The objective of these workshops was to introduce a proposal to develop guidelines for utilizing available remote sensing data for countries producing crop production forecasting. These data and tools will be used by countries as additional inputs.

The workshop mainly addressed the major problems encountered by developing countries in crop production forecasting and ways in which the additional remotely sensed data and tools can be used to face some of the challenges encountered. In addition, examples of portals and tools were also presented and thoroughly discussed.

In each country, participants included about 20 experts from the government and from non-governmental organizations that either produce or use crop production forecast data.

Yakob Seid, Statistician, AMIS

Upcoming Meetings

International Seminar on Approaches and Methodologies for Private Food Grain Stock Measurement

9-11 november 2016, Delhi, India


Expert consultation on Measurement of Food Consumption using Household Consumption and Expenditure Surveys

10-11 november 2016, FAO headquarters, rome


Orientation Programme for Implementation of the Global Strategy

14 november 2016, bangkok, thailand


Workshop on statistical capacity of countries to monitor SDGs related to agricultural and rural statistics and the implementation of new cost-effective methods developed under the Global Strategy

15-16 november 2016, bangkok, thailand


6th Meeting of the Regional Steering Committee for Asia-Pacific

17 november 2016, bangkok, thailand

Regional Workshop for the Validation of the Minimum Set of Core Data in African Countries

21-25 november 2016, dar es salaam, tanzania

Expert Meeting on Remote Sensing for Agricultural Statistics

24 November 2016, FAO Headquarters, Rome

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