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Introducing the Global Strategy e-Bulletins

We are proud to announce the release of the first edition of the Global Strategy e-Bulletin. We hope that the information in this e-Bulletin will provide more insight on the progress of the activities that are being executed at all levels and give useful information on upcoming events, new developments and latest publications. This first edition covers activities for the month of October; future editions will be issued on a monthly basis to provide a regular and timely update on Global Strategy news.

The Global Strategy is a comprehensive framework for improving the availability and use of agricultural and rural data, necessary for evidence-based decision making in developing countries. The programme – implemented at global, regional and national level in 90 countries of the world – is a partnership between key international organizations, multilateral and bilateral partners, regional implementing partners and countries. It is funded through an innovative mechanism specifically created for this purpose – a Global Trust Fund managed by FAO and currently sponsored by the UK’s Department for International Development (DFID), the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF) and by the Italian Cooperation.


Happy Retirement to Naman Keita, one of the founders of the Global Strategy

We would like to wish all the best to Naman Keita for his well-deserved retirement from FAO and take this opportunity to thank him for the dedication he has shown and in particular for the contribution he has made to the establishment of the Global Strategy over the last 4 years.

After being National Director of the Statistical Office in Mali, Naman took up his first assignment with FAO in 1986 as an Agricultural Statistics Expert in Cape Verde. Following other professional assignments in Zaire (current DRC) and Ghana, he finally settled in Rome where he successfully managed the CountrySTAT project for over 8 years. He was then nominated leader of the Census Surveys and National Statistical Systems Team and actively contributed to the development of the Global Strategy, its Implementation Plan and mobilization of partners.

Finally, after almost three decades in FAO and a remarkable career in the statistics sector, we wish Naman all the best for his retirement years and the new challenges he will be taking on.

News from the Asia and Pacific Region

In the Asia and Pacific region several activities have been carried out to date. In terms of in-depth country assessments, detailed documentation and procedures have been developed for consultants to use for this purpose. In this respect, international and national consultants and focal points were identified in the 4 target countries - Bhutan, Indonesia, Samoa, and Sri Lanka – where in-country work has started this month. Recruitment for the Regional Coordinator and Technical Assistance Statistician positions is still in progress.

As part of the capacity building effort at national level, two workshops were organized by the Statistical Institute for Asia and the Pacific (SIAP) to provide training for trainers. The first one, attended by participants from 11 countries, was held in Daejon (Republic of Korea) in August with the purpose of developing a Country-Specific Minimum Set of Core Data. Technical contributions were provided by FAO and the Asian Development Bank (ADB), whose staff participated as trainers and facilitators.

The second workshop, held in Tehran (Islamic Republic of Iran) in September, was attended by participants from 14 countries and focused on practices and issues in applying sampling methods for collecting data on agricultural statistics. Technical contributions were provided by FAO.

Strengthening the Global Strategy Partnership: a Memorandum of Understanding between FAO and the African Development Bank (AfDB)

The African Development Bank (AfDB) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with FAO to support the implementation of the Global Strategy to improve agricultural and rural statistics in Africa.

With this agreement, the 40 countries targeted by the programme in Africa will be able to improve the availability and use of agricultural and rural data, thus ensuring that development policies are based on relevant, reliable and up-to-date statistics.

The African Development Bank (ADB), one of the two Global Strategy participating partners in Africa, will deliver assistance to the countries using the funds transferred by FAO, and the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA), which has also recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding with FAO, will be responsible for training in the region.

Upcoming Meetings

7th Meeting of the Global Steering Committee


The meeting will be held within the framework of the ICAS VI. 

ICAS VI, Sixth International Conference on Agricultural Statistics


The Conference, which is organized every three years under the auspices of the International Statistical Institute (ISI) Committee on Agricultural Statistics, convenes senior agricultural statisticians from all over the world, mainly representatives from national statistical offices and ministries of agriculture.

Regional Steering Committee Meeting for Asia and the Pacific

1 November 2013, Bangkok, Thailand.

23rd Session of the African Commission for Agricultural Statistics (AFCAS)

4-7 December 2013, Rabat, Morocco

The African Commission on Agricultural Statistics (AFCAS) is a statutory body of FAO and meets every two years.

Meetings archive
Latest Publication

New Global Strategy Brochure

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