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Improving Small-Scale Fisheries
and Aquaculture Data Collection
in Asia-Pacific

From March 7 to 8, in Jakarta, Indonesia, 47 participants from 11 countries in Asia and two regional bodies (Network of Aquaculture Centers in Asia-Pacific and the Southeast Asian Fisheries Development Centre) attended the Regional Workshop towards Improving Small-Scale Fisheries and Aquaculture Data Collection.

The workshop was convened by FAO in collaboration with BPS-Statistics Indonesia and the Ministry of Marine Affairs and Fisheries of Indonesia with funding from Global Strategy Asia-Pacific. The starting point for the workshop were the Guidelines to Enhance Fisheries and Aquaculture Statistics through a Census Framework, which are the first introduction of fisheries into the work of the Global Strategy.

One participant from a fisheries ministry and another from a statistical ministry were invited to attend from each country and in some cases, it was the first opportunity to discuss and collaborate on improving national statistics on small scale fisheries and aquaculture. A joint presentation was made for each of the countries on the current situation in their country, obstacles and planned activities for fisheries statistics to set the stage for a discussion on common issues and to allow for group discussions of solutions based on regional experiences.

In addition to forming new networks both within and between countries in the region to collaborate on improving fisheries statistics, the group also made the following recommendation:

The need for a Master Sampling Frame for household based fisheries and aquaculture surveys was well recognized. To this end, fisheries statisticians should raise the issue of inclusion of suitable screening questions in the Census of Population with relevant officers in National Statistics Offices responsible for the Census of Population.

Jennifer Gee, Fishery Officer, FAO


Regional training workshop on Agricultural Cost of Production (AgCoP) statistics for French-speaking countries

The African Development Bank (AfDB) in collaboration with the Ministry of of Tunisia organized a regional training on Agricultural Cost of Production (AgCoP) statistics for French speaking countries, in Hammamet, Tunisia, from 7 to 11 March 2016
The main objective of the workshop was to train subject experts from countries on the use of the guidelines in order to set up a robust system to produce reliable AgCoP Statistics within the framework of the Action Plan for Africa for Improving Statistics for Food Security, Sustainable Agriculture, and Rural Development.

The workshop was attended by 40 experts from 12 African French-speaking countries, responsible for AgCoP Statistics and/or agriculture statistics. Among other participants were representatives from the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and AFRISTAT, mainly as resource-persons.
One of the major outcomes of the workshop was the identification of areas of AgCoP, which require further technical assistance (TA) by country participants. Participants appreciated the training and committed to extend their newly acquired skills to other colleagues in their respective countries.

Vincent Ngendakumana, AfDB


Sri Lanka complements SPARS with technical assistance pilot projects

As Sri Lanka advances toward completion of its first Strategic Plan for Agricultural and Rural Statistics (SPARS), it has worked in concert with the Global Strategy Regional Office in Asia Pacific to initiate a number of technical assistance activities that inform and complement SPARS. 
The completed In Depth Country Assessment (IDCA) has led to a country proposal on technical assistance and training activities, which has been endorsed by the government, and a SPARS document is expected to be finalized during the year. The SPARS and technical assistance activities will continue in April during a Global Strategy mission in the country.
Two new field projects in four rural districts were initiated in late 2015 and are expected to have their first phase completed by the end of May 2016. Improved methods for estimating important highland crops (potato, big onion, maize and chilies) are being pilot tested in the Anuradhapura, Kegalle, Badulla and Gampaha Districts and will continue into 2016 during the highlands growing season. The second pilot on improved methodology for rice acreage and yield estimation is also progressing in parallel with that of highland crops. The data collection work in selected districts is expected to be completed in early 2016. Two consultants will analyze the data from the pilots in April and May this year and make recommendations for new methodologies in June. Upon acceptance by the Government, the proposed methodologies will be enacted nationwide. 

Global Strategy, Regional Office, Bangkok

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