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1. The Workshop on Strengthening Food and Agricultural Statistics in the Pacific in Support of Food Security and Poverty Reduction Strategies and Programmes was held at the Raffles Gateway Hotel, Nadi, Fiji, 10-13 November 2003. It was attended by participants from Australia, Cook Islands, Fiji, Kiribati, Marshall Islands, Niue, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Tonga, and Vanuatu as well as by the Statistician from the Secretariat for the Pacific Community (SPC) and officers of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, Bangkok and Rome. Invited but unable to attend were Nauru, Solomon Islands, New Zealand, Asian Development Bank, World Bank, PARIS21, and UNESCAP. The list of participants is found in Annex 1.

2 The workshop was convened following the recommendation made at the Nineteenth Session of the Asia and Pacific Commission on Agricultural Statistics (APCAS), held in Seoul, Republic of Korea, in October 2002 that FAO should provide updated guidelines for the collection; analysis and dissemination of agricultural sector data. The workshop was funded through FAO’s Regular Programme and through a grant provided by the World Bank Trust Fund for Statistical Capacity Building.

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