The In-Depth Country Assessment (IdCA) Regional Validation Workshop in Accra

The FAO RAF Office organised a Regional IdCA Validation Workshop from 6-8 May 2014 in Accra as part of the activities for the implementation of the assessment of national agricultural statistics systems (“Strengthening Agricultural Statistics in Anchor Countries – Phase I: Assessment of Anchor Country Agricultural Statistics Systems”). The project is funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF).

The workshop was attended by 41 participants, including National Strategy Coordinators (NSC) from the participating countries (Burkina Faso, Ethiopia, Ghana Mali, Nigeria, Tanzania and Uganda); countries that have started or completed a strategic plan for agricultural and rural statistics (SPARS):Burundi, Morocco and Tunisia and the ones that are ready to start (Benin, Cabo Verde and Côte d’Ivoire); FAO; the African Union; the African Development Bank (AfDB); the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF) and the US Department of Agriculture (USDA).

The objective of the workshop was to provide an update on the implementation of the Global Strategy and the Africa Action Plan; discuss and endorse the main findings and recommendations of the IdCA process; share experiences on the assessments among countries; discuss and plan national advocacy strategies for the participating countries and agree on the way forward.

The following recommendations were made during the workshop: long and short term training should be carried out to improve agricultural statistics’ capacity development; the human resource assessment component needs to be strengthened to provide reliable elements for targeting real needs of countries; countries should follow-up rapidly on the implementation of SPARS; and in addition, the M&E system needs to be strengthened.

The participants acknowledged the work carried out during the assessment exercises by the selected countries and took note of the difficulties. Finally, it was decided that a workshop for advocacy would be conducted by each country with the assistance of National Consultants by the end of June 2014.