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Global Office hosts expert meeting
for the development of the
AGRIS methodology 

AGRIS is a modular 10-year survey programme, consisting of a core module that mainly focuses on annual production statistics and 4 rotating modules with a different periodicity (Economy; Labour; Production Methods and Environment; Machinery, Equipment and Assets). The methodology is being developed by the Global Office of the Global Strategy.
On 23-24 February 2017, the Global Office organized an expert meeting, which was attended by members of the Scientific Advisory Committee (SAC) of the Global Strategy, national experts and partner organisations. The objective of the meeting was to share information on the state of the art of the methodological developments, including the sampling strategy, the question bank development, and the development of a CAPI questionnaire for each AGRIS module.  
As a result, the members of the expert meeting welcomed the overall strategy and the progress made on methodological developments. A series of recommendations were made for improving the AGRIS set-up and module sequence, and for better adapting generic questionnaires and the sampling strategy to developing countries’ needs. The experts recommended the following priorities for the first half of 2017:
  • Finalisation of generic paper questionnaires,  associated methodological notes and CAPI questionnaires by end of April 2017, and  field tests in Ghana in the following months;
  • Finalisation of the question bank development (including concepts and classifications used, indicators and  corresponding questions from the questionnaires);
  • Finalisation of AGRIS sampling strategy guidelines;
  • Development of an individual level labour questionnaire that collects data related to decent work, distribution of decisions in the household, etc.;
  • Preparation and publication of “AGRIS methodology, Volume 1”.
Mid-term priorities such as the development of additional questionnaires based on parcel approach for the crop area section of the core module, ad-hoc additional modules on post-harvest losses, continuous crops, mixed crops, area – production objective measurement, development of different sets of generic questionnaires for different farming systems, different 10-year set-ups for different statistical systems were discussed. These developments will be undertaken within the framework of the new initiatives related to the AGRIS implementation.

Neli Georgieva, Global Office


Global Strategy hosts two governance meetings: 8th Global Executive Board and 13th Global Steering Committee

The 8th meeting of the Global Executive Board (GEB) and the 13th meeting of the Global Steering Committee (GSC) were held in Rome on 8 February 2017.
The GEB members endorsed the 2017 annual regional workplans for Africa and Asia-Pacific, while the GSC members, during the 13th GSC meeting, endorsed the 2017 Global Office workplan, the allocation of funds for 2017 at global and regional levels, the proposal for strengthening the existing results framework and the set-up, working methods and reporting system of the Task Team responsible for preparing the second phase of the Global Strategy.
In addition, the GSC members endorsed the appointment of Dr Chuwa, Director General of Tanzania National Bureau of Statistics, as new member and Chair of the Global Executive Board. The GSC meeting concluded by providing information to members on the progress made towards the recommendations that emerged from the mid-term evaluation, the main changes in the integrated budget at global and regional levels that result from the no-cost extension of the programme until December 2018 and, finally, the new approach for the delivery of technical assistance in Africa.

Consuelo Señoret, Global Office


Training of trainers’ workshop on the Improved Methodology to compile Food Balance Sheets

From 27 February to 3 March, over twenty trainers and technical assistance providers from various capacity-building organizations in Africa and Asia-Pacific participated in a workshop for training of trainers on the improved methodology to compile Food Balance Sheets (FBS). The methodology and the Global Strategy guidelines on this topic are currently being finalized as a joint effort between the Global Office’s research component and FAO’s Statistics Division.
This workshop was a great opportunity to:

  1. Clarify how the compilation of FBS contributes to the Food Security’s Framework and some Sustainable Development Goals;
  2. Increase the knowledge and skills of the FBS experts involved in capacity-building activities for the compilation of FBS using the new methodology, and collect additional feedback on the recommended approaches;
  3. Inform the participants on the various uses of FBS, particularly, for data cross-checking and policy decisions;
  4. Discuss the best strategies in assisting countries in compiling their food balance sheets;
  5. Confirm the desired functionalities of the new FBS compilation tool which will be proposed to the countries in the coming months;
  6. Improve the quality of the training material developed for national and regional workshops.
Ultimately, the training or trainers will improve the quality and the coherence of the FBS capacity-building activities delivered across the regions. Regional workshops and targeted technical assistance activities at the country level are already planned for the first half of 2017.

Valérie Bizier, Global Office


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