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AMIS and the Global Strategy: fostering statistical capacity building in Bangladesh


Bangladesh is currently receiving support to improve its agricultural market information systems through the project "Strengthening Agricultural Market Information Systems globally and in selected countries using innovative methods and digital technology" funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and implemented by FAO. This project was designed in the context of the AMIS initiative and established at the request of the Agriculture Ministers of the G20 to enhance food market transparency and encourage coordination of policy action in response to market uncertainty.

Recent evidence has shown that AMIS required urgent improvement in Bangladesh, as illustrated in the diagram below.

A detailed assessment of the national capacity to produce and use rural and agricultural statistics in Bangladesh has been recently completed through a participatory process, under the leadership of both the Bangladesh Bureau of Statistics and the Ministry of Agriculture. In addition to AMIS, this assessment identifies the other key domains and processes which require increased support to meet data users’ growing expectations.

While AMIS’ on-going efforts represent an immediate response by FAO to this assessment, a mid-term strategic approach towards capacity building is being kick-started to mainstream and prioritize different initiatives and leverage their impact. These efforts fall under the “SPARS” (Strategic Plans for Agricultural and Rural Statistics) and are conducted in the context of the Global Strategy.

François Fonteneau, AMIS Project Coordinator, FAO, Rome
Mike Robson, FAO Representative, Bangladesh
Mukesh Srivastava, Regional Statistician, FAO, Bangkok


Reviewing the minimum set of core data

The first pillar of the Global Strategy to improve Agricultural and Rural Statistics aims at enabling countries to produce and disseminate on a regular basis a minimum set of reliable core economic, social and environmental data. This data should cover the following aspects: production (major national crops, livestock, aquaculture, fisheries and forestry products); trade; resources (use of land, stock of animal, employment, machinery, pesticides and use of fertilizers); producers’ and consumers’ prices; food supply/consumption and demographic statistics; government expenditures and private investments; as well as data that allows to evaluate the impact of agricultural management practices on natural resources concerning soil degradation, water pollution and greenhouse gas emissions.
This is a cornerstone element, as beneficiary countries should be enabled to collect this set of data by the end of the implementation of the Global Strategy. In order to facilitate the process, and in light of  the preliminary results from country assessments, a review of the existing set has started and additional information in terms of concepts, definitions and classifications, level of aggregation, frequency of data collection, geographical coverage, observation units, possible data sources will be provided.
This review will be useful for other activities undertaken in the framework of the Global Strategy. In particular, the minimum set of core data and the additional information will be used for the development of an integrated survey method for the collection of a minimum set of core data (AGRIS: Agricultural and Rural Integrated Survey). AGRIS will provide a methodological option for the USAID led Core Agricultural and Rural Data Surveys (CARDS) initiative, which aims at improving the availability of timely and reliable data by integrating and accelerating existing efforts to strengthen countries’ capacity to generate agricultural data.

Angela Piersante, Global Office, Global Strategy

Update on Global Strategy Publications

Following the recent launch of the Global Strategy website, the Global Office is pleased to announce that the following publications are now available online:

  • Strategic Plans for Agricultural and Rural Statistics (SPARS) Guidelines (June)
  • Guidelines for Assessing Country Capacity to Produce Agricultural and Rural Statistics (June)
  • Guidelines for the In-depth Country Assessment (July)
  • Technical Report on the Integrated Survey Framework (July)
  • Technical Report on Identifying the Most Appropriate Sampling Frame for Specific Landscape Types (July)
  • Draft Handbook on Agricultural Cost of Production Statistics (August)
  • Literature Review on Cost of Production Methodologies (August)
  • Providing Access to Agricultural Microdata: A guide (August)
The following publications are expected to be published by the end of 2014:
  • Technical Report on Developing More Efficient and Accurate Methods for the Use of Remote Sensing in Agricultural Statistics
  • e-Learning Material for Linking Population and Agricultural Censuses
  • Guidelines to develop a satellite System of Environmental Economic Account for Agriculture- SEEA-Agri
  • Guidelines on Integrated Survey Frameworks
  • Draft Handbook for Methodologies on Master Sampling Frames
  • Draft Report for improving Estimates of Staple Crops Utilization
  • Guidelines on Methods for using existing Land cover / Land Use Databases in Agricultural Statistics
  • Guidelines on the Collection of Aquaculture and Fisheries Statistics through a Census Framework
  • Guidelines on Best Practices on Nomadic Livestock
  • Guidelines on Agricultural Classifications
  • Guidelines on the Estimation of GHG Emissions from Agriculture
  • Technical Report on Spatial Disaggregation, Integration of Geo Info-Geo-Ref. Survey Data

Upcoming Meetings

Ninth Meeting of the Global Steering Committee

10 september 2014, FAO Hq, Rome

The ninth meeting of the Global Steering Committee will be held on 10 September 2014 at FAO headquarters in the Philippines Room from 9:00 to 12:30. The meeting will take place  in the margins of the 24th session of the Committee for Coordination of Statistical Activities, CCSA (11-12 September 2014). 


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