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Better Livestock Data


The Global Strategy to Improve Agricultural and Rural Statistics, FAO’s project “Livestock in Africa: Improving Data for Better Policies”, and the World Bank’s project “Living Standards Measurement Study – Integrated Survey on Agriculture (LSMS-ISA)” have joined forces to improve the quality and quantity of livestock data and statistics available to decision makers. The three initiatives, in collaboration with Uganda’s Bureau of Statistics, Uganda’s Ministry of Agriculture, Animal Industry and Fisheries, Tanzania’s National Bureau of Statistics, and its Ministry of Livestock and Fisheries Development, will carry out the following activities:
  • Validate the livestock data of the Tanzania 2012/13 National Panel Survey and of the Uganda 2011/12 National Panel Survey, which are multi-topic or integrated household surveys. These are the largest datasets on livestock at household level in Africa, and provide an unprecedented opportunity to generate statistics that feed into the policy-making process.
  • Review and assess the methodologies implemented in Tanzania to collect data at farm level and in slaughterhouses to calculate livestock technical conversion factors – such as carcass weight and milk yield – which are used by national statistical authorities worldwide to estimate livestock added value, and hence the contribution of livestock to GDP.
The two major outputs that will be produced include: a livestock questionnaire to be used to collect sector data in a variety of statistical operations; and guidelines to collect data to estimate livestock technical conversion factors.

Ugo Pica-Ciamarra, Livestock Economist, Animal Production and Health Division (AGA), FAO


Improving the Relevance and Reliability of Food Data from Household Consumption and Expenditure Surveys

On 6-7 November over 30 experts from a dozen national and international agencies and research institutions will gather at the FAO Headquarters in Rome to discuss how to improve the relevance and reliability of food data collected in national Household Consumption and Expenditure Surveys (HCES).

The meeting, convened by the FAO in collaboration with the World Bank and funded by the Global Strategy, will bring together statisticians, economists and nutritionists to share recent research on how different survey design features affect the quality of data on food acquisition or consumption. The goal is to build on the strengths of each discipline to draw lessons on how food data can be collected in HCES so as to best serve multiple purposes (from food security to nutrition and poverty analysis, to name a few).

The starting point of the meeting is the joint FAO, IHSN, World Bank Assessment of the Reliability and Relevance of the Food Data Collected in National Household Consumption and Expenditure Surveys, which was presented at a side-event of the 45th session of the UN Statistical Commission in March 2014. The meeting will feature new and exciting research on critical issues identified in the assessment, such as the choice of an optimal recall period for food items, the length and specificity of food lists, measuring individual as well as household consumption, and capturing food eaten away from home (which constitutes an increasing share of food budgets and calories consumed as countries develop).

The plan is for this group to continue collaborative work over the next 2-3 years to develop and disseminate science-based standards for data collection that can be endorsed by the international statistical community and be useful to survey data practitioners worldwide.

Alberto Zezza, World Bank


Regional Workshop for the Implementation of the Action Plan to Improve Statistics for Food Security, Sustainable Agriculture, and Rural Development in Africa

The African Development Bank (AfDB), in collaboration with the National Statistical Office and the Ministry of Agriculture of Mozambique, is organizing a regional workshop in Maputo, from 17 to 21 November 2014, to support the implementation of the Action Plan (AP) to Improve Statistics for Food Security, Sustainable Agriculture, and Rural Development in Africa. The workshop will be attended by about 100 participants, including National Coordinators of the Action Plan and agricultural experts from 30 African countries, as well as representatives from regional and international organizations (FAO, UNECA, AUC, and NEPAD-CAADP amongst others).
The main objective of the workshop is to support the implementation of the Action Plan for Africa. Specifically, the workshop will: (i) review the progress made in the implementation of the Action Plan; (ii) conduct training on the use of the Guidelines to develop a SPARS (Strategic Plan for Agricultural and Rural Statistics); (iii) discuss compilation modalities of the required minimum core data sets that countries are expected to produce; (iv) present the Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) framework of the Action Plan; (v) identify specific Technical Assistance needs; and (vi) train participants on the new research methods.
This workshop is for English and Portuguese African speaking countries only. A similar workshop will be organized for the African French speaking countries, in Hammamet, Tunisia, from 19-23 January 2015.

Vincent Ngendakumana, AfDB

Workshop in Tanzania on the use of CAPI tools

Since 2013, the Global Strategy to Improve Agricultural and Rural Statistics (GS) has been providing support to the World Bank’s Computational Tools Team in order to develop a new Computer Assisted Personal Interview (CAPI) software known as Survey Solutions. This software aims not only to reduce respondent errors and minimize programming costs, but also to integrate an innovative survey management interface, thereby enabling beneficiaries to manage large-scale surveys more efficiently.
From October 13-17th  2014, the FAO and the East African Community (EAC) organized a workshop to provide training for Survey Solutions in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. This workshop was attended by representatives of four EAC partner states (Burundi, Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda), and regional and international organizations (FAO – Kenya, FAO-Somalia, FAO-South Africa, East Africa Statistical Training Centre (EASTC) and Makerere University - Uganda). Over the course of the week, participants attended presentations on the methodology employed by Survey Solutions, and obtained hands-on experience with designing various surveys and conducting simulated interviews.
The Global Office (GO) of the GS also attended the training, and anticipated that it would conduct similar training sessions for African and Asian implementing partners of the Global Strategy. Furthermore, the workshop gave the GO an opportunity to provide feedback and recommendations for further software development. In conclusion, the GS looks forward to seeing this CAPI tool play a pivotal role in the improvement of agricultural statistical systems in developing countries. 

Michael Rahija, Research Officer, Global Office, Global Strategy

Upcoming Meetings

Third Meeting of the Scientific Advisory Committee (SAC)

3-4 November 2014, nigeria room, FAO Hq, Rome

The SAC plays an important role in guaranteeing the scientific quality of research performed under the Global Strategy as well as providing technical advice. 


Expert Meeting on Master Sampling Frame

5-6 november 2014, Queen juliana room, fao hq, rome

The purpose of the meeting is to present and discuss the methodological developments and proposals for building and using a Master Sampling Frame.


Improving the Relevance and Reliability of Food Data from Household Consumption and Expenditure Surveys

6-7 november 2014, mexico room, fao hq, rome

First meeting of an international technical working group that aims to develop, validate and promote scalable standards for the measurement of food consumption in household surveys.


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