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Side Events of the 45th UN Statistical Commission, New York 

Implementing the CAADP Results Framework and the Global Strategy at Country Level

6 March 2014, UN headquarters, New York, Conference Building, Room 2
Under the major objective of helping African countries reach a higher path of economic growth through agriculture-led development, the Comprehensive Africa Agriculture Development Programme (CAADP) Results Framework is considered as a critical feature in the implementation of the programme over the next decade and beyond.

National agricultural statistics systems will be requested to provide on a sustainable basis essential information to monitor the Results Framework. In this respect, efforts are being made towards reviewing and building partnerships with other existing initiatives on agricultural statistics harmonizing them with the CAADP vision.

On the occasion of the 45th session of the UN Statistical Commission, the African Union, the World Bank and FAO have jointly organized an event for the implementation of the CAADP Results Framework and the Global Strategy at country level. The objective of this event is to engage the relevant stakeholders in employing the CAADP and its Results Framework as the principal mechanism for coordinating demand for reform of agricultural statistics in Africa.

The main outcome of the meeting will be an agreement between stakeholders on the modalities and the development of a roadmap to ensure that the CAADP Results Framework be employed for this purpose. In addition, an outline for programme support will be defined and inputs from experts will be provided.

Aparajita Goyal, World Bank

Improving the quality and relevance of Food Consumption Data in Household Surveys

4 March 2014, UN headquarters, New York, Conference Building, Room 2
Most countries in the world collect data on household food consumption or expenditure through sample surveys. In developing countries, nationally-representative data on household consumption or expenditures are obtained from various types of income such as budget, expenditure, or living standards surveys. Household food consumption data are an essential element for the monitoring and analysis of poverty, food security and nutrition.

As the global statistical community meets in New York for the 45th session of the UN Statistical Commission, FAO and the World Bank are co-organizing two events to launch an ambitious work program for the improvement of methods for the collection of food consumption data.

A preparatory half-day meeting (March 1, 2014) and an open side event (March 4, 2014) will gather experts from national and international statistical agencies to discuss the findings of an “Assessment of the Reliability and Relevance of the Food Data Collected in National Household Consumption and Expenditure Surveys” undertaken jointly by the International Household Survey Network, the World Bank, and FAO. Furthermore, the participants of the meeting will agree on a workplan to be implemented under the aegis of the Inter-Agency and Expert Group on Agricultural and Rural Statistics.

Alberto Zezza, World Bank


The CARD Project: building partnerships to improve rice production estimates in Africa

One of the research areas of most interest to countries under the Global Strategy is improving methods for crop estimates.  This research topic will benefit from complementary work to strengthen statistics on rice production in the Coalition for African Rice Development (CARD) countries.  The project is funded by the Government of Japan with a team from the FAO South-South Cooperation (TCSS) and the Statistics Division (ESS) in partnership with the Africa Rice Centre.  Based on the South-South model of cooperation, it aims to improve the capacity of nine CARD countries to collect reliable statistics on rice planted areas and yield using the methods and expertise of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN).

The nine countries will be selected from the countries that are part of the CARD, namely, Benin, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Côte d’Ivoire, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Ethiopia, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Kenya, Liberia, Madagascar, Mali, Mozambique, Nigeria, Rwanda, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Togo, Uganda, the United Republic of Tanzania and Zambia.

The project will analyze advanced methods already implemented in ASEAN countries for statistics on rice production.  These methods will be pilot tested in CARD countries to assess their suitability   in that context.  Conclusions will be drawn through discussion and validation with experts from recipient countries.  This will be accompanied with strong capacity development activities. 

The research will contribute to the Global Strategy research topic on crop estimates, and the findings and case studies will be incorporated into the forthcoming guidelines. 

Nancy Chin and Teppei Shigemi, FAO


Second Meeting of the Scientific Advisory Committee (SAC) of the Global Strategy

The Second Meeting of the SAC was held on 29-30 January 2014 at FAO headquarters in Rome. Seven out of the ten members of the Committee attended the meeting along with a representative of Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Senior Consultants, and concerned staff of the FAO Statistics Division. The meeting was opened by Pietro Gennari, Director of the FAO Statistics Division, who emphasized the need for research activities to provide appropriate inputs for the preparation of practical guidelines and handbooks to be used by countries, regional partners and training centers.
The meeting was chaired by Fred Vogel and nine technical papers selected among the priority research topics were presented and discussed by consultants. Furthermore, a revised modus operandi and a preliminary proposal for the next steps and modalities of implementation were proposed. 
The SAC Members agreed to select among themselves focal experts for each of the nine topics in order to provide consolidated comments. They also clarified that the Global Office should take overall responsibility for the process and for the results of the research activities, while the SAC’s role will be mainly advisory.

It was proposed to organize the third SAC meeting in October 2014. 

Naman Keita, Global Strategy


Upcoming Meetings

Open Seminar on  Improving Food Consumption Measurement in National Household Surveys 

4 MARCH 2014, UN HEADQUARTERS, NEW YORK, conference building (cb), room 2


Seventh Meeting of the Global Steering Committee

5 MARCH 2014, UNITED NATIONS HEADQUARTERS, NEW YORK, temporary north lawn building (tnlb), room 7


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