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Global Office:
Celebrating a Year of Achievements


Amongst the many achievements of the Global Office in 2014, the delivery of the research agenda figures prominently. The research plan for 2014 was strategically organized and the results of research activities were discussed during the second and third Scientific Advisory Committee (SAC) meetings, organized in Rome earlier this year. Progress on the following research topics is worthy of note: Master Sampling Frame, Integrated Survey Framework, Agricultural and Rural Integrated Survey (AGRIS), the Minimum Set of Core Data (MSCD), Cost of Production, SEEA-AGRI (System of Environmental-Economic Accounting for Agriculture), Use of Remote Sensing, Fisheries, and Greenhouse Gas Emissions. In addition, research on new relevant topics has started: improved methods for estimation of crop area, yield and production under various conditions (including mixed cropping, continuous cropping etc.), livestock and livestock products statistics, statistical methods for estimating post harvest losses and use of administrative data for agricultural statistics. A total of 16 publications, including technical reports were produced and disseminated on the Global Strategy website.
Efforts have also been put forth in the coordination of various statistical capacity building initiatives to make sure that they are effectively aligned with and contribute to the Global Strategy’s objectives: notably, strengthening co-operation with the World Bank/LSMS project, the USAID/USDA data collection initiatives, the FAO Livestock project and the AMIS project. Specific support was provided to Burundi, Tanzania and Malawi in the field of Strategic Plans for Agricultural and Rural Statistics (SPARS) and in the design of action plans.   Furthermore, significant progress was made in ensuring synergies between the Global Strategy and the CAADP (Comprehensive Agricultural African Development Programme).

In regard to advocacy and communication, a communication plan was rolled-out in 2014. A website was developed and an e-Bulletin is issued on monthly basis with the objective of tracking and disseminating progress.
The Global Office has also been working on enhancing coordination mechanisms with participating partners (AfDB, UNECA, FAORAP and ESCAP/SIAP) and other related initiatives: in particular, regular meetings between implementing partners were successfully held and the Global Office has systematically attended all Regional Steering Committee meetings in Asia-Pacific and Africa.
In the area of Monitoring and Evaluation, the Global Office staff, supported by two M&E experts, developed a new M&E framework, which pays particular attention to harmonizing the different levels of implementation of the Global Strategy: at global, regional and country level.
Building on this year’s achievements, 2015 will be a full year for implementing the activities entrusted to the Global Office. With the support of our partners, governance bodies and implementing partners at regional level, the Global Strategy will bring significant change to countries in strengthening their capacities and designing sustainable approaches for developing the agricultural and statistical systems to ultimately inform their national policies and match international requirements.


Wishing you a wonderful Holiday Season and a joyful New Year

Best wishes from the Global Office Team:
Coordination: Christophe Duhamel, Consuelo Señoret, Norah de Falco, Elisa Miccinilli, Federica Maffeo
Research: Naman Keita, Nancy Chin, Angela Piersante, Michael Rahija, Piero Falorsi, Alberto Zezza
Technical Assistance/Training: Carola Fabi


Building Partnerships with Specialized Institutions

Throughout 2014, the Global Office has placed great efforts on building partnerships within the framework of the Global Strategy. Three competitive selection processes were conducted to identify the best institutions to support the implementation of the research agenda.
As a result, the Indian Agricultural Statistics Research Institute (IASRI) was selected as the institution responsible for “developing methods for estimating crop areas, yields and production under different cropping conditions (pure stand, mix and continuous cropping)”. The activities commenced in December 2014 and a literature review has already been completed.
The research topic “Improvement and use of administrative data for agricultural statistics” is being jointly implemented by Iowa State University in the USA and Makerere University in Uganda. Both institutions have demonstrated a high level of commitment and capacity of collaboration and coordination of their work, and the complementarity of skills and capacities is one of the major elements of this success.  Two technical reports have been already produced: a literature review and a report describing the Role of Administrative Data in Developed Countries, including experiences and ongoing research.
The activities under the research topic “Improving methods for estimating livestock and livestock products” have recently started and will be implemented by the University of New England in Australia.
In addition, the partnership with the World Bank was further strengthened through a recent agreement that aims at providing on-going support to the work on Computer Assisted Personal Interviewer (CAPI) and at implementing the research topic “Improving methods for measuring food consumption”. Research on this topic is being undertaken under the guidance of the Inter-Agency and Expert Group on Agricultural and Rural Statistics (IAEG).

Consuelo Señoret, Programme Officer, Global Office


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

26-30 january 2015, hammamet, tunisia


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