Global Strategy brings together stakeholders from the statistical community to discuss agricultural statistics in Africa

In the margins of the Global Strategy to improve Agricultural and Rural Statistics, the African Development Bank (AfDB) in collaboration with the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Equipment of Senegal organized an important conference on ‘Sustaining the Development of Agricultural Statistics through National Policies’.

The meeting was held in Dakar (Senegal) from 23 to 25 January 2017 and was attended by 85 participants including: planners from Ministries of Agriculture; heads of national statistical institutes; directors of agricultural statistics in Africa; Representatives of Regional Economic Communities (such as UMA, ECOWAS, Sub-Regional Organizations, AFRISTAT); regional and international organizations such as the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA),  AfDB, development partners such as the European Commission (EU), the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, DfID;  members of academic and research institutions (such as ENSEA, ASARECA); and other relevant stakeholders.

The main objective of the conference was to discuss strategies to better advocate and mobilize resources for the development of agricultural statistics to support national development plans and agricultural policies. During this meeting, best practices and experience were shared among the participants. The impact of some current and upcoming development initiatives such as the Sustainable Development Goals, the Agenda 2063, the Comprehensive Africa Agriculture Development Programme (CAADP), and AfDB’s High 5 priorities, were also analyzed to determine how they could contribute to the development of statistics. As a result, a series of recommendations were made to assist countries in improving the implementation of their Strategic Plans for the development of Agricultural and Rural Statistics (SPARS).

The conference was followed by the 5th Meeting of the African Regional Steering Committee of the Global Strategy, on 25-27 January 2017. Concrete actions for the implementation of the Conference’s recommendations were further discussed and integrated in the Global Strategy’s 2017 workplan for Africa.