Agri-environmental statistics are still at an early stage of advancement in most countries, particularly in developing ones. To incentivize countries to produce or improve the quality of agri-environmental data, an agreement was signed between the Tropical Agricultural Research and Higher Education Center (CATIE) of Costa Rica and the Global Strategy. Following this agreement, the development of a set of guidelines on “Data Collection Methods for Agri-environmental Indicators” is expected as part of the activities planned by the research component of the Global Strategy under the sustainability domain.
CATIE is a regional center with 75 years of experience in agricultural research, as well as management, conservation and sustainable use of natural resources. Its expertise in the development of research on sustainable agriculture focuses mainly on the following countries: Belize, Bolivia, Colombia, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Venezuela, and Brazil.
To achieve the objective of the agreement, CATIE will propose a draft of the guidelines that will be field-tested in Costa Rica and in a country in Africa to assess the soundness and quality of the draft guidelines. As a second step, CATIE will refine the document shaping it into the final Guidelines. A group of senior statisticians and an in-house inter-disciplinary group of experts will contribute to the research.