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