Collecting labour data from farm surveys: a review of the AGRIS approach

The Agricultural Integrated Survey (AGRIS), developed by the Global Strategy,  is a farm-based modular multi-year program that operates over a 10-year cycle.

Its main objective is to increase the availability of quality data on the agricultural sector, where production data are complemented by data on the technical, economic, environmental and social dimensions of agricultural holdings.

AGRIS Labour is one of its rotating modules. The main purpose of this module is the collection of data on: the volume and characteristics of labour input in agricultural holdings; the organization of labour in holdings, including the identification of age/sex specific roles and household members’ participation in work activities outside the holding.

A peer review meeting took place at FAO on 13-14 June 2016, including experts from ILO, the World Bank and FAO. The main purpose of the meeting was to receive technical feedback on the methodology proposed for AGRIS Labour, particularly on the indicators’ framework, data collection tools, plans for the field tests and implementation strategy.

Particular attention was devoted to the boundaries between own-consumption work and employment, the new international standards on labour statistics and the specific perspective of farm surveys with respect to these concepts and standards.

Comments received by the experts will be consolidated into a report and will serve to fine-tune the data collection tools and the implementation strategy of AGRIS Labour.