On April 3-5, 2017, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO UN), in collaboration with the Global Strategy to Improve Agricultural and Rural Statistics (GSARS), successfully organized an expert meeting on SDG Indicator 2.4.1, which is the percentage of agricultural area under productive and sustainable agriculture. This is one of the 21 indicators for which FAO is custodian.
Over 50 experts came together to support the methodological work being conducted for the indicator. This included providing input and feedback to the draft methodological concept note and the metadata sheets of the proposed sub-indicators. In particular, there significant attention was dedicated to reviewing the sub-indicators by dimension, their measurement, thresholds and cost effective data collection at country level.
Statisticians and technical experts from countries – including Uganda, China, Indonesia, Kyrgyz Republic, Burkina Faso the U.S., Italy and Brazil – international organizations, civil society and the private sector participated. Experts from FAO’s major technical divisions were also present: Climate and Environment; Land and Water; Animal Production and Health; Plant Production and Protection; Statistics; Social Policies and Rural Institutions; and Partnerships, Advocacy and Capacity Development.
The outcomes of the meeting will be integrated into the final draft of the methodological concept note, which will be field tested, peer reviewed, validated and put forward for final approval and endorsement by the IAEG-SDG in the second half of 2017.
Once the methodology has been approved, FAO, GSARS and other partner organizations will begin preparing data collection guidelines in order to support countries in their indicator 2.4.1 monitoring and implementation efforts.