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Implementing the CAADP Results Framework at country level

In the framework of the 45th session of the UN Statistical Commission, a side-event was co-organized by the African Union Commission (AUC), the New Planning and Coordinating Agency (NPCA), FAO, USAID and the World Bank to discuss the CAADP Results Framework as the principal mechanism for coordinating demand for reform on agricultural statistics and to review the possibilities for collaboration with the Global Strategy to improve Agricultural and Rural Statistics.
The event was an opportunity to discuss both the demand (from CAADP) and supply (from the Global Strategy) aspects of agricultural statistics and to identify synergies between agricultural investment plans in the country on the one hand, and the strategic plans for developing agricultural and rural statistics (SPARS) on the other.
Representatives from AUC, World Bank and FAO identified the main possible next steps in taking this agenda forward as follows:

  1. Finalize the CAADP Results framework through a on-going consultative process resulting in a clarification of indicators and targets in line with the minimum set of core data of the Global Strategy.
  2. Integrate key indicators from the CAADP Results Framework as a basis for the development of SPARS at country level so as to ensure that the relevant data will become available.
  3. Forge a global partnership and put in place coordination mechanisms between the major players that function both at continental and country level.
  4. Develop and implement a continental network for capacity building and methodology development in statistics in the context of the MDTF2 (Multi Donor Trust Fund 2).
  5. Identify financing Instruments (grants, loans), either through regional International Development Association (IDA) and other potential donors, and/or through MDTF2 for design and implementation of the SPARS.
  6. Commence the design of SPARS in initial countries, based on in-depth country assessments requiring further in-depth country assessments for determining statistical priorities.

Aparajita Goyal, World Bank, and Christophe Duhamel, Global Strategy



Tanzania’s efforts towards improving agricultural statistics: the Agricultural Statistics Strategic Plans (ASSP)

The Global Strategy is developing guidelines on the preparation and implementation of strategic plans for agricultural and rural statistics (SPARS).  As part of the roll out of these guidelines, work is ongoing in the United Republic of Tanzania for the development of their Agricultural Statistics Strategic Plan (ASSP). The ASSP will be an integral part of the Tanzania Statistical Master Plan and it is being developed by the National Team of Tanzania, with assistance from the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations.  The National Team covers the key sectors in agriculture and includes members from the National Bureau of Statistics, the Ministry of Agriculture Food Security and Cooperatives, the Ministry of Livestock and Fisheries Development, the Ministry of Industry and Trade and counterparts from Zanzibar.   A draft ASSP has been produced and circulated to line ministries and stakeholders.  Furthermore, a revised ASSP taking into account the comments from stakeholders, is to be prepared by June 2014 and submitted for approval. 

The work in Tanzania joins a strong partnership of agricultural statistical development activities which has been ongoing since 2012.  The improvement of agricultural statistics includes efforts by the Japan International Cooperation Agency to improve the Agricultural Routine Data System and technical assistance provided by the United States Department of Agriculture-National Agricultural Statistics Service (USDA-NASS) and funded by the U.S.  Agency for International Development (USAID) to develop an Annual Agricultural Sample Survey (AASS) for estimation of core production data.   The survey methodology is in development and a pilot is planned in late 2014.  The AASS is based on the area frame sampling method (or possibly a multiple frame method) which is one of the topics of research of the Global Strategy.        

Nancy Chin, FAO


AfDB and FAO's joint mission to develop SPARS in Burundi

On the occasion of the launching workshop on Agricultural Statistics Capacity Indicators (ASCIs) of African countries organized by the African Development Bank (AfDB) in Rabat, Kingdom of Morocco, from 27-29 November 2013, the Regional Member Countries (RMCs) were introduced and guided on the process for developing Strategic Plans for Agricultural and Rural Statistics (SPARS). The workshop recommended that SPARS should be developed without delay by the RMCs and (where this is not the case yet), an In-depth Country Assessment, as part of the SPARS process, should be undertaken.
The guidelines for developing SPARS were drafted by FAO. In order to finalize and adapt them to the African context, a joint AfDB/FAO mission was conducted in Burundi from 19-26 March 2014 to field-test and validate various related templates and documents whilst at the same time designing the roadmap for the elaboration of the actual SPARS of the country.
It should be also noted that this mission was undertaken on the basis of two circumstances; an existing FAO project to support two member states of the Eastern African Community in developing agricultural statistics sector plans (Burundi and Tanzania), and, in response to a request submitted by the Government of Burundi to AfDB, to receive technical assistance for the development of the SPARS.

Vincent Ngendakumana, African Development Bank (AfDB)


Gauging the Agricultural Statistics Training and Supply: the training component of the Global Strategy

The Implementation of the training component of the global programme on agricultural and rural statistics has been entrusted to the UN Economic Commission for Africa.  The Statistical Development Section in the African Centre for Statistics is responsible for the implementation of activities under this component. 

Out of the three sub-components of the training component, the first one relates to identifying training needs and management of human resources.  ECA has developed a comprehensive training needs assessment framework in order to support agricultural statistics’ agencies in Africa to be able to gauge the demand as well as the supply of training in agricultural statistics in their respective institutions.  In addition, this framework has also integrated a capacity building strategy within it.  To also ensure that the training of agricultural statisticians is well integrated with the training of other statisticians in the NSS, ECA has also developed human resources development and management policy guidelines for agricultural statistics agencies that include the training needs assessment as well as the capacity building strategy. 
Based on these framework and policy guidelines and in close cooperation with its regional training arm, the African Institute for Economic Development and Planning (IDEP), ECA has delivered training sessions for HR Managers of Agricultural Statistics agencies (National Statistical Offices and Ministries of Agriculture) and for representatives of almost 40 African countries from 3-7 February 2014 in Dakar, Senegal.  The aim was to enable these agencies to better manage their agricultural statistics’ human capital in a coordinated and strategic manner. 

Ibrahim Mamma, Consultant for the Training Component
African Centre for Statistics, UNECA

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