AGRIS is a modular 10-year survey programme, consisting of a core module that mainly focuses on annual production statistics and 4 rotating modules with a different periodicity (Economy; Labour; Production Methods and Environment; Machinery, Equipment and Assets). The methodology is being developed by the Global Office of the Global Strategy.
On 23-24 February 2017, the Global Office organized an expert meeting, which was attended by members of the Scientific Advisory Committee (SAC) of the Global Strategy, national experts and partner organisations. The objective of the meeting was to share information on the state of the art of the methodological developments, including the sampling strategy, the question bank development, and the development of a CAPI questionnaire for each AGRIS module.
As a result, the members of the expert meeting welcomed the overall strategy and the progress made on methodological developments. A series of recommendations were made for improving the AGRIS set-up and module sequence, and for better adapting generic questionnaires and the sampling strategy to developing countries’ needs. The experts recommended the following priorities for the first half of 2017:
- Finalisation of generic paper questionnaires, associated methodological notes and CAPI questionnaires by end of April 2017, and field tests in Ghana in the following months;
- Finalisation of the question bank development (including concepts and classifications used, indicators and corresponding questions from the questionnaires);
- Finalisation of AGRIS sampling strategy guidelines;
- Development of an individual level labour questionnaire that collects data related to decent work, distribution of decisions in the household, etc.;
- Preparation and publication of “AGRIS methodology, Volume 1”.
Mid-term priorities such as the development of additional questionnaires based on parcel approach for the crop area section of the core module, ad-hoc additional modules on post-harvest losses, continuous crops, mixed crops, area – production objective measurement, development of different sets of generic questionnaires for different farming systems, different 10-year set-ups for different statistical systems were discussed. These developments will be undertaken within the framework of the new initiatives related to the AGRIS implementation.