The Global Strategy to Improve Agricultural and Rural Statistics (Global Strategy) arose from a recognition that the quantity and quality of agricultural and rural data coming from national official sources has been on a steady decline since the 1980s. This decline comes at a time of increasing demand for new statistics and the need to integrate data on agriculture, fisheries and forestry to understand their effects on the environment and climate change to deal effectively with policy issues relating to sustainability of agricultural practices The Global Strategy provides a framework to enable national and international statistical systems to produce the basic information on economic, social and environmental aspects needed to guide decision-making in the twenty-first century.
A significant part of the project is undertaking an assessment of all aspects of a country’s capacity to produce good quality agricultural and rural statistics on a sustainable basis, and then to provide technical assistance and training to improve the situation.
This technical assistance will require the services of a range of consultants, including national accounts experts, food balance sheets experts and statisticians/methodologists, preferably with some experience in agricultural statistics. The countries where some assistance will be needed in the next 6 – 12 months or so include Bangladesh, Bhutan, Indonesia, Samoa and Sri Lanka.
Anyone who may be interested in some consulting work, should send a copy of their CV to Allan Nicholls (Allan.Nicholls@fao.org), Regional Coordinator, Regional Office for the Asia-Pacific Regional Action Plan, to Improve Agricultural and Rural Statistics.
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