Global Strategy presents research topics on new methods to improve agricultural statistics at 61st World Statistics Congress

The Global Office of the Global Strategy to Improve Agricultural and Rural Statistics (GSARS) has been developing a number of research topics on new, cost-effective and sound methods to enhance the quality and reliability of agricultural statistics in developing countries.

As proposed by the ISI Committee on Agricultural Statistics, the Global Office will present a selection of these topics at one of the Invited Paper Sections (IPS) of the 61st World Statistics Congress (ISI2017), which will be held in Marrakech (Morocco) on 16-21 July 2017.

The IPS044 – New developments in sound and cost-effective methods in Agricultural Statistics session will include the following topics:

  • The AGRicultural Integrated Survey (AGRIS) – Rationale and methodology:  AGRIS is one of the most important methodological developments of the Global strategy and is designed as a 10-year integrated sample survey programme with a modular set of surveys;
  • Recent developments in statistics on livestock production and productivity: Livestock production is one of the fastest-growing components of agriculture in many developing countries, however, data on household production is often missing;
  • Methodological guidelines for the collection of data on nomadic and semi-nomadic livestock population:  Where livestock producers are transient pastoralists, with no permanent residence, standard agricultural census or survey methods cannot be easily applied. Hence, specific surveys are needed. The guidelines developed present several options to address this issue.
  • Progress in the development of the methodology for horticulture statistics: Horticultural crops serve the dual function of cash and food crops, as they are attractive to farmers, both for commercial and subsistence purposes. However, they are  often not captured by the traditional agricultural surveys because of their specificities, and for this reason, specific frame and survey methods are needed.

The session will be chaired by USDA – NASS.