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Regional Workshop on Africa's Agricultural Statistics Capacity Indicators (ASCIs)

In the framework of the implementation of the Global Strategy, the African Development Bank (AfDB) has successfully launched the Agricultural Statistics Capacity Indicators (ASCIs) for African countries in Rabat, in the Kingdom of Morocco, during a landmark workshop organized in collaboration with the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries on 27-29 November 2013.
The workshop was undertaken within the framework of the implementation of the Action Plan for Improving Statistics for Food Security, Sustainable Agriculture and Rural Statistics in Africa (2011-2017). It was attended by 85 participants including agricultural statistics experts from Ministries of Agriculture and National Statistical Offices (NSO) from 48 regional member countries. Others attendants included representatives from Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, FAO, the Agriculture Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA) and other partners including agricultural experts from Africa. The workshop was officially opened by Mr. Mohammed Sadiki, Secretary General, Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries of Morocco. The Resident Representative for AfDB in Morocco, Ms. Amani Abou-zeid, was among dignitaries who presided at the opening ceremony.
The workshop participants, among other activities: (a) reviewed and validated the ASCIs aimed at measuring the capacity of a country to produce food security, sustainable agriculture and rural statistics in regional member countries, (b) agreed on the way forward and ensured a unified approach to producing ASCIs, backed with strong country ownership, and (c) were trained on the preparation and use of Sectoral Plan for Agricultural and Rural Statistics (SPARs) guidelines.

Vincent Ngendakumana, African Development Bank (AfDB)


Presenting the results of the Integrated Survey Framework research activities

Under the research component of Global Strategy, significant progress has been made towards the development and the implementation of an Integrated Survey Framework. Research mainly focused on developing countries with the objective of producing integrated and consistent agricultural statistics on phenomena related to three different target populations from rural households, farms and agricultural plots.
The activities carried out aimed at developing methods for linking data-sets referred to different populations; producing integrated observations of different populations through appropriate sampling techniques; obtaining integrated estimates based on independent surveys; and, developing a quality framework to assess the feasibility of the proposed methods in different informative contexts.
The results of the research activities will be illustrated in a technical report on Integrated Survey Framework planned to be published in the first quarter of 2014 and guidelines will follow the publication of the technical report. Furthermore, these results will be presented in a one-day seminar to be held at FAO headquarters on 20 January 2014.  The participants will include experts in the field of statistical methodologies and representatives of national statistical institutes of Mozambique and Tanzania which provided data for assessing the proposed methods. 

Piero Falorsi and Aida Khalil, Global Office, Global Strategy


In-Depth Country Assessments kick off in the Asia-Pacific Region

In the framework of the implementation of the Global Strategy, In-depth Country Assessments (IdCAs) have started last month in each of the initial countries selected for inclusion in the Regional Action Plan for Asia and the Pacific (Bhutan, Indonesia, Samoa and Sri Lanka), as well as in Bangladesh under funding arrangements with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

An inception workshop was held in each country to inform stakeholders of the aims of the Global Strategy providing them with details of the major components of the strategy and the proposed process for conducting the IdCAs.  Following the workshops, discussions with individual stakeholders were held to obtain information required to draft an assessment report on the current situation in each country in terms of current data availability, quality and accessibility; use of data by policy makers and other users; data limitations and gaps; and a country minimum set of core indicators.

Draft reports are expected to be finalized by mid-January and will then be taken to a second stakeholder’s workshop for endorsement.

Allan Nicholls, Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific, Global Strategy


Outcomes of the Global Strategy Workshop for the Near East Region

Following the high level expert meeting for the implementation of the Global Strategy for Improving Agricultural and Rural Statistics in the region conducted in collaboration with the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (ESCWA) on 17-19 September 2012 in Cairo, the FAO Regional Office for Near East and North Africa organized a high level consultative meeting to develop the Regional Action Plan for the implementation of the Global Strategy to Improve Agricultural and Rural Statistics in Amman, Jordan from December 9 to 11, 2013.
The Regional Action Plan for the NENA region is a priority required to improve agricultural statistics capacity at regional level, and will provide a Statistical Quality Framework with a greater transparency of countries in the process of data generation. It will also serve as a window of opportunity for mobilizing resources for the development of agricultural statistics, and offers a demand driven and well-focused training through workshops and seminars. Furthermore, it strengthens networking with member countries and partners to make countries accessible to the most recent and advanced developments, and offers the occasion for bringing together all stakeholders and establishing a forum for experts to exchange experiences, developments, and challenges.
The participants agreed on the outline for the Regional Action Plan, which includes governance, technical assistance, research and capacity building components, and defined the working framework of the action plan including all the key components of the Global Strategy. A Regional Steering Committee chaired by Yemen and including Saudi Arabia (Vice Chair), Iraq and Jordan was selected, with FAO, ESCWA, League of Arab States and Islamic Development Bank as committee members.  

Hadi Fathallah, FAO Regional Office for the Near East, Global Strategy


Season's Greetings and Best Wishes!

May the Holiday season bring you Peace, Joy and Happiness.
We wish you all a happy and prosperous 2014!

With kind regards,
The Global Office Team

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Workshop on Methods and Applications for developing an Integrated Survey Framework

20 january 2014, fao hq, rome

Second Meeting of the Scientific Advisory Committee (SAC)

Fourth week of january 2014, fao hq, rome

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