Cabo Verde develops its Strategic Plan for Agricultural and Rural Statistics (SPARS) 2015-2021
Last year, with the support of the African Development Bank, Cabo Verde embarked on the preparation of its Strategic Plan for Agricultural and Rural Statistics (SPARS). This work has resulted in the development of SPARS for Cabo Verde (SPARS_CAV) 2015-2021. The plan, designed following the guidelines and standards set by the Global Office, is now fully integrated into the second generation of the National Strategy for the Development of Statistics (NSDS).
At that end of the process, the Ministry of Rural Development, which led the initiative, organized a national workshop on 23 April 2015, to discuss, review and validate the SPARS_CAV document. The meeting was attended by 86 participants from different national institutions and development partners. Its opening ceremony was officiated by the Minister of Rural Development. In her remarks, she stated that the “Guidelines on Strategic Plans for Agricultural and Rural Statistics (SPARS)”, developed in the framework of the Global Strategy to Improve Agricultural and Rural Statistics, are an extremely important tool, which has allowed Cabo Verde to develop its strategic plan 2015-2021 for the development of agricultural statistics, food security and rural development, essential for decision making, designing sector policies and also monitoring and evaluating their implementation”.
After a plenary session and working group session, during which the content of the document was discussed in detail, the participants commended the work well done, validated the strategy, and committed to own it and to contribute to its successful implementation.
It is also worthy of note that the expert country team was well-equipped with the required knowledge, skills and best practices to produce similar work in the future.
Vincent Ngendakumana, AfDB
Synergy and Coordination Efforts in Asia-Pacific to Achieve Global Strategy Goals
The In-depth Capacity Assessments conducted to date in the region showed that the lack of coordination is the key constraint in realizing the full potential of existing country capacity to produce agricultural and rural statistics. The current situation can be improved by enhancing the national governance mechanisms and the synergies with international partners to achieve a sustainable system.
In Bangladesh, efforts are being put forth to establish a Local Consultative Group of partner agencies on agricultural and rural statistics, besides establishing stronger bodies for inter-departmental coordination. An integrated work plan of several projects on agricultural statistics is being prepared to avoid duplication in efforts and ensuring complementarities.
In Bhutan, the scope, membership, and terms of reference of the existing Renewable Natural Resources Statistical Steering Committee (RNR-SSC) have been revised to enhance coordination among agencies involved in agricultural statistics. The renewed RNR-SSC will also guide development and implementation of the Strategic Plan for Renewable Natural Resources Statistics.
In Myanmar, the Strategic Plan for Agricultural and Rural Statistics (SPARS) is foreseen as a building block of the first NSDS, which has already prioritized the development of agricultural statistics. The first meeting of the cluster group was held on 13 May 2015, under the chairmanship of the Ministry of Agriculture and Irrigation (MoAI), and was attended by representatives from international agencies.
In South West Pacific countries, the 11th meeting of the FAO South West Pacific Ministers for Agriculture took place on 11 May 2015. Outcomes of the meeting were to provide support to the Global Strategy’s capacity-building efforts to improve agricultural statistics and to maintain linkages with global and broader regional statistical work that is being undertaken by FAO.
Mukesh K. Srivastava, Senior Statistician, FAO-RAP, Bangkok