Improving Cape Verde’s agricultural statistics system thanks to new tools and methods developed by the Global Strategy

In the framework of a Memorandum of Understanding signed between AFRISTAT and FAO (Global Strategy) in November 2016, a joint mission of 3 people visited Praia (Cape Verde) on 5-11 June 2017. This came as a response to the Government of Cape Verde’s request for technical support to provide assistance in rebuilding and modernizing the agricultural statistics system as part of the implementation of Cape Verde’s Strategic Plan for Agricultural and Rural Statistics.

The main objectives of the visit were to: (i) review the existence and quality of possible sampling frames, agricultural surveys, data collection sources and methods used and data produced; (ii) discuss options for establishing a master sampling frame (MSF); and (iii) discuss subsequent technical assistance activities to support the creation of an MSF as well as rebuild the agricultural survey programme using the AGRIS methodology.

Following the assessment of the agricultural statistics system, it appeared that the annual agricultural production surveys were discontinued in the mid-2000s and the current production estimates should be based on more reliable methods. Therefore, the agricultural statistics system would benefit by applying new tools and methods, such as MSF, CAPI and AGRIS, developed by the Global Strategy.

As the 5th Agricultural Census was carried out using innovative approaches, which include the geo-referencing of all the housing units of agricultural households and the irrigated parcels in the country (over 13,000 parcels), this will provide a very good basis for building a sound MSF.

A roadmap for implementation of the technical assistance provided by the Global Office/AFRISTAT, identifying the priority activities including a timeline and budget was agreed on with the national authorities.