Amongst the many achievements of the Global Office in 2014, the delivery of the research agenda figures prominently.
The research plan for 2014 was strategically organized and the results of research activities were discussed during the second and third Scientific Advisory Committee (SAC) meetings, organized in Rome earlier this year. Progress on the following research topics is worthy of note: Master Sampling Frame, Integrated Survey Framework, Agricultural and Rural Integrated Survey (AGRIS), the Minimum Set of Core Data (MSCD), Cost of Production, SEEA-AGRI (System of Environmental-Economic Accounting for Agriculture), Use of Remote Sensing, Fisheries, and Greenhouse Gas Emissions. In addition, research on new relevant topics has started: improved methods for estimation of crop area, yield and production under various conditions (including mixed cropping, continuous cropping etc.), livestock and livestock products statistics, statistical methods for estimating post harvest losses and use of administrative data for agricultural statistics. A total of 16 publications, including technical reports were produced and disseminated on the Global Strategywebsite.
Efforts have also been put forth in the coordination of various statistical capacity building initiatives to make sure that they are effectively aligned with and contribute to the Global Strategy’s objectives: notably, strengthening co-operation with the World Bank/LSMS project, the USAID/USDA data collection initiatives, the FAO Livestock project and the AMIS project. Specific support was provided to Burundi, Tanzania and Malawi in the field of Strategic Plans for Agricultural and Rural Statistics (SPARS) and in the design of action plans. Furthermore, significant progress was made in ensuring synergies between the Global Strategy and the CAADP (Comprehensive Agricultural African Development Programme).
In regard to advocacy and communication, a communication plan was rolled-out in 2014. A websitewas developed and an e-Bulletin is issued on monthly basis with the objective of tracking and disseminating progress.
The Global Office has also been working on enhancing coordination mechanisms with participating partners (AfDB, UNECA, FAORAP and ESCAP/SIAP) and other related initiatives: in particular, regular meetings between implementing partners were successfully held and the Global Office has systematically attended all Regional Steering Committee meetings in Asia-Pacific and Africa.
In the area of Monitoring and Evaluation, the Global Office staff, supported by two M&E experts, developed a new M&E framework, which pays particular attention to harmonizing the different levels of implementation of the Global Strategy: at global, regional and country level.
Building on this year’s achievements, 2015 will be a full year for implementing the activities entrusted to the Global Office. With the support of our partners, governance bodies and implementing partners at regional level, the Global Strategy will bring significant change to countries in strengthening their capacities and designing sustainable approaches for developing the agricultural and statistical systems to ultimately inform their national policies and match international requirements.