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Three more countries provide improved access to their statistics with CountrySTAT

17/07/2013 - 

CountrySTAT is a statistical information system capable of managing food and agriculture data originating from a variety of national sources. In July 2013, three new CountrySTAT systems were launched in Burundi, Guinea-Bissau and Gambia.  CountrySTAT approach ensures long-term sustainability by developing the capacities of regional and national experts, and is constantly evolving in order to better match the users’ needs. Plans include real-time and forecast-data relevant to agriculture and the use of mobile technologies and Geographic Information Systems for data collection.

CountrySTAT Burundi was developed by FAO in close collaboration with the East African Community (EAC), with the aim to create a common platform for accessing and disseminating reliable and timely data on food and agriculture in the country. With Burundi’s adhesion, the EAC now has all its five member countries using a common statistical framework for the dissemination of data related to food and agriculture. 

CountrySTAT Guinea-Bissau is the result of a close collaboration between the West African Economic and Monetary Union (UEMOA) and FAO to improve the quality, accessibility, relevance and reliability of food and agriculture statistics. The establishment of CountrySTAT Guinea-Bissau is another example of an effective and fruitful collaboration between FAO and a Regional Organization towards better accessibility of agricultural statistics within an open data network.

CountrySTAT system in Gambia started its activities on data collection and harmonization in 2012. Members of CountrySTAT National Secretariat from Gambia attended the Regional training in held in Lusaka, Zambia in November 2012. They took this knowledge and promptly applied it to organize their first Technical Working Group meeting, followed by the official launch of the system in July 2013. For more information see: CountrySTAT