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Workshop on Strategic Planning for Agricultural and Rural Statistics in Bangladesh

15/11/2015-15/11/2015 Dhaka, Bangladesh



In the initiative of the Global Strategy to Improve Agricultural and Rural Statistics (GS) under the auspices of the United Nations, Bangladesh is one of the anchor implementing countries in the Asia-Pacific region. One of the important elements of GS implementation is to develop the Strategic Plan for Agricultural and Rural Statistics (SPARS) in accordance with the national priorities and plans, and shared by all stakeholders. As part of SPARS process, Bangladesh has successfully completed a comprehensive in-depth capacity assessment (IdCA) of its system of Agriculture and Rural Statistics (ARS) and that of national institutions engaged in production of core data in the agricultural and rural sector. This was accomplished by the Bangladesh Bureau of Statistics, Statistics and Informatics Division (SID) of the Ministry of Planning, in close collaboration with various line departments of the Government of Bangladesh and with technical support of FAO.

SPARS envisages to strategize realization of GS objectives, synergized with the national context, articulated in its vision leading to a mission.  It includes a concrete plan of action and feasible options and assessment of resources required to implement it. Bangladesh is thus on the verge of developing a SPARS. Towards this preparedness the Workshop on Strategic Planning for Agricultural and Rural Statistics was organised on 15 November 2015 at Dhaka, Bangladesh by the Bangladesh Bureau of Statistics with technical support of FAO. The workshop was well attended with 32 participants, 20 from BBS and SID and 12 from different line departments.

Information Note


Opening Speech


Session 1

Key Considerations in SPARS

Guidelines on SPARS

IdCA findings and Way forward on SPARS

Session 2

Scope of Coordination of Agricultural and Rural Statistics within the National Statistical System

Institutional Arrangements for Effective Coordination of Agricultural and Rural Statistics - Centralized System

Example of a Decentralized Agricultural Statistics System - Japan case

Agricultural Statistics within National Statistics System in the Decentralized System in Thailand