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Identifying Agricultural Statistics Technical Assistance (TA) Needs in African Countries

Following the 9th meeting of the Global Steering Committee where the implementing partners of the Global Strategy were requested to address country-driven TA needs in parallel to the development of the SPARS,  the African Development Bank conducted a survey in its regional member countries to identify priority areas. This activity will serve to accelerate the implementation of new technologies and skills to  maximise project goals.

A questionnaire was administered to the countries, comprising 12 identified areas of TA, which can be executed in the short-term through the National Strategy Coordinators. In identifying the TA needs, the coordinators worked in close collaboration with the authorities of National Statistical Offices and Ministries of Agriculture as well as the related sub-sectors. Countries were requested to indicate three top priority areas that are relevant to the improvement of the statistical system, and which will in turn have a significant impact on the achievement of the Global Strategy objectives.

The TA needs survey received a significant response rate – 50 out of 54 countries (93%). Details and results of the survey are provided in the following report: “Identifying Technical Assistance needs for Agricultural Statistics in Africa”.


Vincent Ngendakumana, AfDB


WAW and the Global Strategy: Partnering for Better Data Analysis

The Global Strategy to Improve Agricultural and Rural Statistics has recently agreed to support the WAW initiative to build on the results achieved so far. The main focus of this partnership will be to develop guidelines on typology of agricultural holdings. These guidelines will become central in assisting countries interested in the development of typology-based analysis to inform their policy and information systems. Furthermore, this effort may facilitate stronger recommendations for improving the core data set proposed by statistical initiatives to allow them to produce better holding typologies.
The Global Office, hosted by FAO is responsible for the coordination of the research component, which aims to develop a set of guidelines and tools to support countries in better collecting and analyzing data. In this respect, the guidelines on typology will be part of the tools that are being developed to strengthen data analysis. Once adopted, the guidelines will be disseminated through the Global Strategy and will provide the basis for further technical assistance to countries in this area. The development of guidelines shall build extensively on the final report on typology developed by WAW as well as on the outcome of the IWG on family farming criteria. In addition, this joint effort will work hand in hand with further case studies, which will be supported by IFAD’s second grant. 

Marie Aude Even, Executive Secretary of the World Agriculture Watch (WAW)


Global Strategy: Outcomes of the Regional Workshop for the implementation of the African Action Plan

The African Development Bank (AfDB), in collaboration with the Ministry of Agriculture of Tunisia, organized a regional workshop in Hammamet from 26 to 29 January 2015, to support the implementation of the Action Plan to Improve Statistics for Food Security, Sustainable Agriculture, and Rural Development in Africa.
The workshop for national coordinators of the Action Plan from Francophone African countries was attended by 67 participants from   Ministries of Agriculture and National Statistical Offices as well as agricultural statistics experts. Other attendants included representatives of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, the European Commission, the World Bank and the Ministry of Agriculture of Mozambique.
Countries were fully updated on the achievements attained so far and briefed on newly developed methods, including the provision of instructions on how to develop Strategic Plan for Agricultural and Rural Statistics (SPARS). Furthermore, country specific and priority/urgent Technical Assistance needs were discussed and agreed upon. Those needs will represent the basis for a technical assistance work plan for 2015.
Important resolutions and recommendations were made by the participants, all of which contributed to finding the best ways for a smooth implementation of the Action Plan of the Global Strategy in Africa. Finally, the participants committed to taking necessary measures to ensure that the agreed recommendations are implemented as proposed. 

Vincent Ngendakumana, AfDB

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IAEG on Food Security, Agricultural and Rural Statistics 



Use of Administrative Data for Producing Agricultural Statistics



Improving Food Consumption Measurement in National Household Surveys

4 MARCH 2015, UN HEADQUARTERS, NEW YORK, conf room 12 (CB)


Global Steering Committee Meeting of the Global Strategy

12 march 2015, videoconference


Regional workshop on Strategic Planning for Agricultural and Rural Statistics



Regional Steering Committee Meeting of the Global Strategy



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