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september
2014

Outcomes of the
Ninth Global Strategy
Steering Committee Meeting


 

The Ninth Meeting of the Global Steering Committee (GSC) took place in Rome on the 10th of  September 2014. It was attended by GSC members, participating partners, Regional Office representatives and the Global Office staff.
 
The meeting started with a presentation and discussion on the proposed revised monitoring framework, where members inquired about the level of harmonization between regional and global frameworks, how the new framework would monitor the activities carried out under the umbrella of the Global Strategy but funded outside the Global Trust Fund (GTF) and the need to establish baselines and benchmarks when country assessments results are made available. 

This was followed by an update on the status of the research programme and possible solutions for ensuring the delivery and uptake of research outputs at country level were discussed. 

The implementation of the training component in Africa and Asia and the Pacific was presented by the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) and the United Nations Statistical Institute for Asia and the Pacific (SIAP), respectively. The presentations were followed by a discussion session centered on sharing ideas for better implementing this component and monitoring its impact. Thereafter, the Regional Offices of Africa and Asia and the Pacific presented and discussed with GSC members their interventions at country level, and particularly, the role of the Global Strategy (GS) when defining countries’ priorities for the Strategic Plans for Agricultural and Rural Statistics (SPARS).
 
Members were also informed about existing synergies through the two following examples: linkages between the AGRIS (Agricultural and Rural Integrated Survey) initiative of the Global Strategy and the USAID CARDS initiative; and the ongoing work between the Global Strategy and the African Union’s CAADP initiative (Comprehensive Agricultural African Development Programme). The meeting was concluded by a demonstration of the Computer-Assisted Personal Interviewing (CAPI) software, which is currently being developed by the World Bank in cooperation with the Global Strategy.



Consuelo Señoret, Programme Officer, Global Office, Global Strategy



 
 

Third Meeting of the Scientific Advisory Committee (SAC) of the Global Strategy


On November 3rd and 4th 2014, the Scientific Advisory Committee (SAC) of the Global Strategy will convene for the third time in FAO Headquarters. The SAC plays an important role in guaranteeing the scientific quality of research performed under the Global Strategy as well as providing technical advice. The 10 SAC members were chosen as a result of their status as international experts and scholars in the field of statistical methods. They are tasked with reading and reviewing all of the Global Strategy’s scientific publications and their feedback ensures that the Global Strategy’s research is of exceptional quality and relevance to the needs of developing countries.

At this SAC meeting, the members will review draft publications on the following subjects:

  • Master Sampling Frame
  • Improving methods for linking areas frames with list frames in agricultural surveys
  • Agricultural and Rural Integrated Survey (AGRIS)
  • Guidelines on the Collection of Structural Fishery and Aquaculture Statistics through Census and Surveys
  • Handbook on Agricultural Cost of Production Statistics
  • Guidelines for developing a System for Environmental-Economics Accounting for Agriculture
Finally, the SAC will provide strategic direction for the upcoming year’s research activities. As international experts, the members are ideally positioned to provide the Global Strategy with guidance upon the highest priority research topics in the field of agricultural statistics. 




Michael Rahija, Research Officer, Global Office, Global Strategy
 

The World Bank contributes to the implementation of the Global Strategy in the CIS region


The World Bank has recently signed a grant agreement for the development of agricultural and rural statistics under the framework of the Global Strategy in the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) region. The Interstate Statistical Committee (CIS-STAT), responsible for the implementation of the grant, will mainly concentrate on the adaptation of statistical standards and methodological guidelines in all areas of agricultural statistics and on the provision of technical assistance to use methodologies and tools to strengthen agricultural statistics in the region.
 
The main focus will be to ensure that CIS countries’ agricultural statistics are compliant with the minimum set of core data defined by the Global Strategy. A first step in this direction will be to develop indicators on the basis of “a minimum set of core data”, which will be provided by countries to compile international databases of agricultural statistics. Producing statistical indicators on the basis of an agreed approach will therefore contribute to ensure compatibility of statistical data among CIS countries.
 
A meeting with CIS countries will be organised in Budapest in February 2015. This will be an opportunity to present the activities covered by the grant, discuss harmonization issues and improvements to be made in the field of agricultural and rural statistics in the region, and finally, ensure the integration of these activities in the framework of the implementation of the Global Strategy.



Irina Goryacheva, CIS-STAT
Christophe Duhamel, Global Strategy Coordinator

Upcoming Meetings

Third Meeting of the Scientific Advisory Committee (SAC)
 

3-4 November 2014, nigeria room, FAO Hq, Rome


The SAC plays an important role in guaranteeing the scientific quality of research performed under the Global Strategy as well as providing technical advice. 

 

Expert Meeting on Master Sampling Frame
 

5-6 november 2014, Queen juliana room, fao hq, rome


The purpose of the meeting is to present and discuss the methodological developments and proposals for building and using a Master Sampling Frame.

 

Improving the Relevance and Reliability of Food Data from Household Consumption and Expenditure Surveys
 

6-7 november 2014, mexico room, fao hq, rome


First meeting of an international technical working group that aims to develop, validate and promote scalable standards for the measurement of food consumption in household surveys.

 

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