The Global Office hosts a round of meetings on Global Strategy research themes in April
The Global Office is pleased to announce that a series of expert meetings are set to take place in Rome at FAO headquarters on 13-17 April 2015. The meetings fall under the research component of the Global Strategy and are related to the following lines of research:
- Improving Methods for Estimating Crop Area, Yield, and Production Under Mixed, Repeated, and Continuous Cropping
- Improving Methods for Estimating post-harvest losses
- Effective Use of Administrative Data to Improve Agricultural Statistics
The meetings will present a unique platform for discussion on the above mentioned research lines as well as an opportunity to peer review the technical reports that have been produced to date and develop field test protocols. Field test protocols are central to the Global Strategy’s research component as they define and prioritize the most promising cost-effective methodologies to be tested in the field. In this respect, participants coming from diverse backgrounds will ensure that the methods proposed in the technical reports and field test protocol meet the rigor demanded by academia and remain relevant to statisticians in developing countries.
Attendees of each meeting will include over 25 experts from academia, governments, and international organizations coming from all over the world.
Michael Rahija, Research Officer, Global Strategy
Workshop on Strategic Planning for the Improvement of Agricultural and Rural Statistics in Asia and the Pacific
Over sixty participants, including the leaders of the statistical systems of fourteen countries in the Asia and the Pacific region, which are implementing the Global Strategy, attended a Workshop on Strategic Planning for Agricultural and Rural Statistics organized by FAO in Bangkok, Thailand, on 17-19 March 2015. The purpose of the workshop was to share the guidelines for the development of a Strategic Plans for Agricultural and Rural Statistics (SPARS) and discuss challenges in integrating agriculture into the national statistical system. Discussions were complemented by technical contributions of implementing partners in the regions, ADB and UNESCAP-SIAP, as well as PARIS21, USDA-NASS, and independent experts from the Africa region. The experience of Tanzania in preparing SPARS was also presented as an example.
The outputs of this workshop are expected to help shape the development of SPARS in the Asia and the Pacific region by building on the lessons learnt from the SPARS process in Africa, and good practices from the developed statistical systems of Australia, Canada and Japan, while keeping in view the needs of the country.
In 2015, nine of the fifteen implementing countries in the region are expected to produce a SPARS, namely, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Fiji, Georgia, Indonesia, Lao PDR, Myanmar, Samoa, and Sri Lanka. The development of SPARS in each country is expected to provide a long-term vision and a plan for improvement of agricultural and rural statistics on the basis of In-depth Country Assessments that identified the key issues and challenges in country.
Newly selected countries, such as Cambodia, Pakistan, Papua New Guinea, the Maldives and Viet Nam, which attended the one-day orientation programme for implementing the Global Strategy, also participated in the workshop. Over the coming year, those countries, including Afghanistan, will begin a comprehensive process that encompasses both an In-depth Country Assessment and the development of SPARS.
Allan Nicholls, FAO Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific, Global Strategy