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Capacity Development: Synergies between the Global Strategy and the MAGHG


Countries regularly report to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change their greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) from all sectors, including agriculture, forestry and other land use change activities. Many developing countries, particularly the least-developed ones lack the capacity to assess and report their emissions thus limiting their ability to plan effective climate change responses and access international funding. According to the latest international climate policy decisions, developing countries are being asked to report their emissions much more regularly than in the past two decades i.e. at two-year intervals starting at the end of 2014, through the so-called Biennial Update Reports.  These new requirements translate directly into significant increases in capacity development needs to improve rural data collection and analysis.  

The first of such joint products is a training manual which was recently completed in draft form and is currently being tested by practitioners in international agencies and Member Countries worldwide. The manual is intended as a guide for national Statistical Offices and relevant Ministries/Agencies, providing information on how to access and use the FAOSTAT Emissions  database with a step-by-step approach and several lessons learned on how to identify relevant rural statistics and estimate GHG emissions in line with the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change Guidelines for National GHG Inventories.

Rocío Dánica Cóndor-Golec, FAO MAGHG Project; and Angela Piersante, Global Strategy

Third meeting of the Regional Steering Committee (RSTC) of the Africa Action Plan (2011-2017)

The 3rd RSTC Meeting of the Action Plan for Improving Statistics for Food Security, Sustainable Agricultural and Rural Development in Africa was held from 30 April to 1 May 2014 in Nairobi, Kenya. The objectives  of the  meeting were to (i) review the progress made in the implementation of the Action Plan, (ii) discuss and endorse the Country Assessment results, (iii) discuss and approve the 2014 regional work plan and budget, and (iv) discuss and agree on improved coordination arrangements for the implementation of the Action Plan.

  1. The meeting was attended by representatives of AfDB, the Global Office/FAO, UNECA, the Chair of AFCAS (Morocco), the Chair of StatCom-Africa (Ghana), a Statistical Training Centre representative (ENSEA-Abidjan), BMGF, Uganda, and Ethiopia.
The RSTC approved the work plan and budget for 2014, and endorsed the release of a report on assessments of African countries’ capacity  to produce agricultural statistics. In addition, the Committee (i) supported the Global Office’s proposal

to simplify the Global Strategy’s Governance mechanism; (ii) approved the newly proposed  Governance mechanism for the Action Plan for Africa; (iii) recommended to enhance and sustain resource mobilization efforts by diversifying approaches and opportunities; (iv) provided guidance on the effective coordination of the implementation of the Action Plan and; (v) renewed its membership and composition, with a proposal for new Co-Chairs of the RSTC, represented by Uganda and Cabo Verde.
The next RSTC meeting is scheduled to take place in November 2014 in Tunis or Kampala.

Vincent Ngendakumana, AfDB


The In-Depth Country Assessment (IdCA) Regional Validation  Workshop in Accra

The FAO RAF Office organised a Regional IdCA Validation Workshop from 6-8 May 2014 in Accra as part of the activities for the implementation of the assessment of national agricultural statistics systems (“Strengthening Agricultural Statistics in Anchor Countries – Phase I: Assessment of Anchor Country Agricultural Statistics Systems”). The project is funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF).
The workshop was attended by 41 participants, including National Strategy Coordinators (NSC) from the participating countries (Burkina Faso, Ethiopia, Ghana Mali, Nigeria, Tanzania and Uganda); countries that have started or completed a strategic plan for agricultural and rural statistics (SPARS):Burundi, Morocco and Tunisia and the ones that are ready to start (Benin, Cabo Verde and Côte d’Ivoire); FAO; the African Union; the African Development Bank (AfDB); the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF) and the US Department of Agriculture (USDA).
The objective of the workshop was to provide an update on the implementation of the Global Strategy and the Africa Action Plan; discuss and endorse the main findings and recommendations of the IdCA process; share experiences on the assessments among countries; discuss and plan national advocacy strategies for the participating countries and agree on the way forward.
The following recommendations were made during the workshop: long and short term training should be carried out to improve agricultural statistics’ capacity development; the human resource assessment component needs to be strengthened to provide reliable elements for targeting real needs of countries; countries should follow-up rapidly on the implementation of SPARS; and in addition, the M&E system needs to be strengthened.
The participants acknowledged the work carried out during the assessment exercises by the selected countries and took note of the difficulties. Finally, it was decided that a workshop for advocacy would be conducted by each country with the assistance of National Consultants by the end of June 2014.

Eloi Ouedraogo, FAO

Upcoming Meetings

High Level Advocacy Forum on Statistics

26 - 28 MAY 2014, grenada

This Forum is the second  event to be coordinated by the CARICOM Secretariat with support from its international development partners. 

Ninth Meeting of the Global Steering Committee

10 september 2014, FAO Hq, Rome

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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