The Ministry of Agriculture and Forests of Bhutan is pleased to announce the issue of the In-depth Country Assessment Report (IdCA 2014). The IdCA report has an essential role as it provides a benchmark for developing Strategic Plans for Renewable Natural Resources Statistics (SP-RNRS) in Bhutan.
On 6-7 November over 30 experts from a dozen national and international agencies and research institutions gathered at the FAO Headquarters in Rome to discuss how to improve the relevance and reliability of food data collected in national Household Consumption and Expenditure Surveys (HCES).
The Research programme of the Action Plan to Implement the Global Strategy includes a large number of activities to develop cost-effective methods for producing reliable and timely agricultural statistics. The results of these research activities are to be used as a basis to develop guidelines that will be adopted and used by countries, consultants and training institutions.
Small-scale operators are key contributors to local food security, poverty alleviation and to providing livelihoods, however, monitoring their production and accurately measuring their contribution to local foods, livelihoods and economy is extremely challenging in the field of fishery and aquaculture.
Countries regularly report to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change their greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) from all sectors, including agriculture, forestry and other land use change activities.
Training is the third technical component in the Global Strategy’s Action Plan, whose ultimate objective is to build country capacity.
The FAO RAF Office organised a Regional IdCA Validation Workshop from 6-8 May 2014 in Accra as part of the activities for the implementation of the assessment of national agricultural statistics systems (“Strengthening Agricultural Statistics in Anchor Countries – Phase I: Assessment of Anchor Country Agricultural Statistics Systems”). The project is funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF).
The 3rd RSTC Meeting of the Action Plan for Improving Statistics for Food Security, Sustainable Agricultural and Rural Development in Africa was held from 30 April to 1 May 2014 in Nairobi, Kenya. The objectives of the meeting were to (i) review the progress made in the implementation of the Action Plan, (ii) discuss and endorse the Country Assessment results, (iii) discuss and approve the 2014 regional work plan and budget, and (iv) discuss and agree on improved coordination arrangements for the implementation of the Action Plan.
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Methods for crop production forecasts address two components – methods for measuring areas to be harvested and methods for estimating forecasted yields. The former is relatively straightforward, while the estimate of expected yield is more challenging to obtain. In addition, there is a wide variety of approaches and methods to estimate expected yield.