Worldwide support to agricultural statistics – FAO: largest implementing partner

The Global Office (GO) of the Global Strategy conducted a comprehensive exercise to capture all projects related to agricultural and rural statistics that took place during 2015.

The results of this exercise should enable stakeholders to better understand the current state of statistical capacity in agriculture, rural development and food security at global, regional, and country levels. It is envisaged that resource partners and implementers will be able to improve coordination, reduce duplication, align activities with institutional strategies and, ultimately, enhance country level activities.

The GO compiled the list of global, regional and country-based projects from recognized sources of information on agriculture, food security, rural development, and statistical capacity-building. These sources include FAO’s Field Project Management Information System (FPMIS), the Partner Report on Support to Statistics (PRESS) produced by PARIS21, multilateral agencies, regional development banks, and bilateral government agencies. Projects encompass activities related to agriculture, food security, and rural statistics in the form of capacity development, data collection and information system projects.

In 2015, 106 active agricultural statistics projects were identified for a total amount of USD 311,208,826. The total amount reflects the amount of the entire lifecycle of a project, as long as it was active during any period in 2015. More than 40% of the number of projects and total amount was allocated to the Africa region.

In 2015, the European Union (EU) was the largest funding source for agricultural statistics projects, with a budget of USD 92,960,630 , followed by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation (USD 67,768,279), the UK (USD 40,132,513), USA (USD 29,630,078) and FAO (USD 19,268,169).

In terms country-level support, 87 countries received direct support on agricultural statistics activities for a total amount of USD 199,101,877. The map below shows the support received by each country in 2015 and the related number of resource partners. Support was highly concentrated towards countries within or bordering the Sahel region of Africa. The country with the highest number of resource partners in 2015 was the United Republic of Tanzania, which had 10 resource partners – twice as many as the next highest number of resource partners in other countries.

In 2015, the top five implementing partners in agricultural statistics were FAO (USD 137,586,984), the World Bank (USD 28,232,913), the Inter-American Development Bank (USD 15,000,000), the EU (USD 10,984,608) and USA (USD 10,082,264 ). FAO is the largest implementing partner, representing 64% of the total of country-based projects, and is present in 87 countries while the other implementing partners directly cover between 1 and 6 countries.

This work is a first attempt to capture support provided to agricultural and rural statistics to the best of the Global Office knowledge. The data provided was taken from reliable sources and assumed to be valid.