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Annex 1
AGENDA AND TIMETABLE

1. Fourth Meeting of Focal Points
Wednesday, 5 October 2005
08.30 – 09.00Registration
09.00 – 09.40Agenda Item 1 - Opening Session
 Welcome address,Dr He Changchui, Assistant Director-General and FAO Regional Representative for Asia and the Pacific
  Delivered by Mr. Hiroyuki Konuma, Deputy Regional Representative of FAO for Asia and the Pacific
 Photo Session
 Overview and objectives of the meeting, Mr Takeshi Hagino, Agricultural Statistics Expert, GCP/RAS/184/JPN
 Address by the Representative of the donor country,Mr Kenji Kamikura, Senior Statistician, Statistics Planning Division, Statistics Department, Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (MAFF), Japan
 Introduction of the participants
 Agenda Item 2-Election of Officers
 Agenda Item 3-Adoption of Agenda and Timetable
09.40 – 10.10Coffee Break
10.10 – 11.30Agenda Item 4-Review of Work Plan and Outputs, Mr Takeshi Hagino
11.30 – 13.30Lunch
13.30 – 14.30Agenda Item 5-Review of the RDES and Project Web Sites in the Participating Countries, Mr Takeshi Hagino and all Focal Points
14.30 – 15.00Coffee Break
15.00 – 16.00Agenda Item 5-Continued
 
Thursday, 6 October 2005
09.00 – 10.30Agenda Item 6-Continued Development of the RDES, Mr Takeshi Hagino
10.30 – 11.00Coffee Break
11.00 – 12.00Agenda Item 7-Implementation of National Seminars, Mr Takeshi Hagino and all Focal Points
12.00 – 13.00Lunch
13.00 – 14.00Agenda Item 8-Report of the Expert Consultation on Analysis and Dissemination ofCensus and Survey Data, Mr Frederick Baker, Senior Statistician, FAO RAP
14.00 – 14.30Coffee Break
14.30 – 15.50Agenda Item 9-Adoption of Highlights and Major Recommendations
15.50 – 16.00Agenda Item 10-Closing Session
 
2. Technical Consultation
 
Friday, 7 October 2005, Technical Consultation
9.00 – 9.10Agenda Item 1-Overview and Objectives of the Technical Consultation, Mr Frederick Baker, Senior Statistician, FAO RAP
9.10 – 10.30Agenda Item 2-Estimation of Percent of Undernourished, Mr David C Dawe, Senior Food Systems Economist, FAO RAP
10.30 – 11.00Coffee Break
11.00 – 12.30Agenda Item 3-Agricultural Census Data Tabulation and Analysis, Mr Romeo Recide, Director, Bureau of Agricultural Statistics, Department of Agriculture, the Philippines
12.30 – 13.30Lunch
13.30 – 14.20Agenda Item 4-Data Analysis and Indicators for Policy-making,Ms Nanae Yabuki, Policy/Programme Officer, FAO RAP
14.20 – 14.45Coffee Break
14.45 – 16.00Agenda Item 4-Continued
 Agricultural Statistics Data Analysis for Decision-making in Thailand, Mr Montol Jeamchareon, Director, Centre for Agricultural Information, Office of Agricultural Economics, Ministry of Agriculture and Cooperatives, Thailand
 Agricultural Production Survey and Data Analysis for Decision-making in Japan, Mr Kenji Kamikura, Senior Statistician, Planning Division, Statistics Department, MAFF, Japan
16.00 – 16.30Agenda Item 5-Summary of Technical Consultation and Closing

Annex 2
LIST OF PARTICIPANTS

BANGLADESH

  1. Mr Abdur Rashid Sikder
    Director
    Agriculture Wing
    Bangladesh Bureau of Statistics
    Planning Division
    Ministry of Planning
    E 27/A, Agargaon
    Dhaka 1207
    Tel: (880-2) 9137322
    Fax: (880-2) 9111064
    Email: ndbp@bangla.net

BHUTAN

  1. Mr Karpo Dukpa
    Statistical Assistant Officer
    Policy and Planning Division
    Ministry of Agriculture
    P.O. Box 252
    Thimphu
    Tel: (975-2) 323745
    Fax: (975-2) 323748
    Email: karpodrukpa@yahoo.com
               karpo@moa.gov.bt

CAMBODIA

  1. Mr Chek Nann
    Deputy Director
    Department of Planning and Statistics
    Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries
    200 Presh Norodom Blvd.
    Phnom Penh
    Tel: (855) 23720527
    Fax: (855) 23720527
    Email: cheknann@yahoo.com

CHINA

  1. Mr Shaomin Li
    Statistics Expert
    Information Department
    Ministry of Agriculture
    No. 11, Nongzhanguan Nanli, Chaoyang District
    Beijing 100026
    Tel: (86-10) 64192002
    Fax: (86-10) 64192468
    Email: lishm@agri.gov.cn

FIJI

  1. Ms Maria Moa Ledua
    Economic Planning Officer
    Economic Planning and Statistics Division,
    Ministry of Agriculture, Sugar and Land Resettlement
    Private Mail Bag, Raiwaqa
    Suva
    Tel: (679) 3384233
    Fax: (679) 3385048
    Email: mledua@govnet.gov.fj

INDIA

  1. Mr Dhrijesh Kumar Tiwari
    Deputy Director
    Directorate of Economics and Statistics
    Ministry of Agriculture
    Krishi Bhawan
    New Delhi, 110001
    Tel: (91-11) 23383642
    Fax: (91-11) 23382236
    Email: dhrijesh@nic.in

INDONESIA

  1. Mr Ardief Achmad
    Director
    Agricultural Statistics, BPS-Statistics Indonesia, Jalan Dr. Sutomo No. 8
    Jakarta 10710
    Tel: (62-21) 3857048
    Fax: (62-21) 3857048
    Email: ardief@mailhost.bps.go.id

IRAN

  1. Mr Mahmoud Saeedi
    Head Information Section
    Bureau of Statistics & Information Technology
    Ministry of Jahad-e-Agriculture
    Keshavarz Blvd
    Tehran 14155
    Tel.: (98-21) 6122141
    Fax: (98-21) 88270170
    Email: m.saeidi@maj.ir

LAO PDR

  1. Mr Savanh Hanephom
    Director
    Statistics Division
    Department of Planning
    Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry
    P.O. Box 811
    Vientiane
    Tel: (856-21) 415359
    Fax: (856-21) 451715
    Email: savahphom@yahoo.com

MYANMAR

  1. Mr Win Htoon Nee
    Deputy Director General
    Settlement and Land Records Department
    Ministry of Agriculture and Irrigation
    Thiri Mingalar Lan,
    P.O. off Kaba aye Pagoda Road
    Yangon
    Tel.: (95-1) 665681
    Fax: (95-1) 664899
    Email: slrddg-hq@mptmail.net.mn;
               dydg-hq@slrd-moai.gov.mn
               whtnee@mptmail.net.mn

NEPAL

  1. Mr Rabi Singh
    Deputy Director General
    Central Bureau of Statistics
    Ram Shah Path, Thapathali
    Kathmandu
    Tel: (977-1) 4245848
    Fax: (977-1) 4227720
    Email: rabisingh@cbs.gov.np

PAKISTAN

  1. Mr Mushtaq Hussain Syed
    Economist Consultant
    Ministry of Food, Agriculture and Livestock
    Room No. 813 Floor Shaheed-e-Millat
    Secretariat, Jinnah Avenue
    Islamabad
    Tel.: (92-51) 9266085
    Fax: (92-51) 9208372

PHILIPPINES

  1. Mr Romeo Recide
    Director
    Bureau of Agricultural Statistics
    Department of Agriculture
    Ben-lor Building, 1184 Quezon Avenue
    Quezon City
    Tel: (63-2) 3712050
    Fax: (63-2) 3712086
    Email: rsrecide@mozcom.com

SRI LANKA

  1. Mr A.M.U. Dissanayake
    Director
    Agriculture Division
    Department of Census and Statistics
    No. 30 Asoka Garden
    Colombo 4
    Tel: (94-1) 1-2502953
    Fax: (94-1) 1-2502953
    Email: agriculture@statistics.gov.lk

THAILAND

  1. Mr Montol Jeamchareon
    Director
    Center for Agricultural Information
    Office of Agricultural Economics
    Ministry of Agriculture and Cooperatives
    Kasetsart University Campus
    Phaholyothin Road, Jatuchak
    Bangkok 10900
    Tel: (66-2) 5793607
    Fax: (66-2) 9405521
    Email: montol@oae.go.th

VIET NAM

  1. Mr Pham Quang Vinh
    Director
    Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries
    General Statistics Office
    No. 2 Hoang Van Thu Street
    Hanoi
    Tel.: (84-4) 8463522
    Fax: (88-4) 7341015
    Email: pqvinh@gso.gov.vn

JAPAN

  1. Mr Kenji Kamikura
    Senior Statistician
    Statistics Planning Division
    Statistics Department
    Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry and Fisheries
    1-2-1 Kasumigaseki, Chiyoda-ku
    Tokyo 100-8950
    Tel: 81-3-3502-8111 ext. 2659
    Fax: 81-3-3501-9644
    Email: kenji_kamikura@nm.maff.go.jp

  2. Mr Naoyasu Murayama
    First Secretary and Deputy Permanent Rep. of
    Japan to United Nations
    Embassy of Japan
    1674 New Petchburi Road
    Bangkok 10320
    Tel.: (66-2) 2526151 Ext. 253
    Fax: (66-2) 2539863
    Email: naoyasu.murayama@mofa.go.jp

JICA (OBSERVER)

  1. Mr Eiichi Miyajima
    EAERR Coordinator
    JICA Expert
    Office of Agricultural Economics
    Ministry of Agriculture and Cooperatives
    Kasetsart University Campus
    Phaholyothin Road, Jatuchak
    Bangkok 10900
    Tel. (66-2) 5794826
    Fax. (66-2) 5794840
    Email: miyajima@eaerr.org

  2. Mr Masaaki Sasaki
    Chief Advisor, JICA Expert
    ASEAD Project
    Office of Agricultural Economics
    Ministry of Agriculture and Cooperatives
    Kasetsart University Campus
    Phaholyothin Road, Jatuchak
    Bangkok 10900
    Tel/Fax: (66-2) 5790976
    Email: sas-mas@hotmail.co.jp

  3. Mr Shunichi Furukawa
    JICA Expert, ASEAD Project
    Office of Agricultural Economics
    Ministry of Agriculture and Cooperatives
    Kasetsart University Campus
    Phaholyothin Road, Jatuchak
    Bangkok 10900
    Tel: (66-2) 5613454, 9406642
    Fax: (66-2) 9406358
    Email: furukawasan@nifty.com

  4. Mr Issei Jinguji
    JICA Expert, ASEAD Project
    Office of Agricultural Economics
    Ministry of Agriculture and Cooperatives
    Kasetsart University Campus
    Phaholyothin Road, Chatuchak
    Bangkok 10900
    Tel/Fax: (66-2) 5790976
    Email: jinguji@anet.net.th

  5. Mr Shunichi Yokobori
    JICA Expert, ASEAD Project
    Office of Agricultural Economics
    Ministry of Agriculture and Cooperatives,
    Kasetsart University Phaholyothin Road,
    Jatuchak
    Bangkok 10900
    Tel/Fax: (66-2) 5790976
    Email: kiko220a@yahoo.co.jp

MALAYSIA (OBSERVER)

  1. Mr Zuraidy Zainal Abidin
    Assistant Director
    Agriculture Census Division
    Department of Statistics Malaysia
    Level 8 Block C6 Parcel C
    Government Administrative Centre
    Putrajaya 623000
    Tel: (603) 88857076
    Fax:(603) 88894032
    Email: zuraidy@stats.gov.my

  2. Ms Mariam Baba
    Assistant Director
    Agriculture Census Division
    Department of Statistics Malaysia
    Level 8 Block C6 Parcel C
    Government Administrative Centre
    Putrajaya 623000
    Tel: (603) 88857160
    Fax: (603) 88894032
    Email: mariam@stats.gov.my

FAO RAP

  1. Mr Frederick Baker
    Senior Statistician
    39 Phra Atit Road
    Bangkok 10200
    Tel: (66-2) 6974250
    Fax: (66-2) 6974445
    Email: frederick.baker@fao.org

  2. Mr David Dawe
    Senior Food System Economist
    39 Phra Atit Road
    Bangkok 10200
    Tel: (66-2) 6974250
    Fax: (66-2) 6974445
    Email: david.dawe@fao.org

  3. Ms Nanae Yabuki
    Policy Officer, FAO RAP
    39 Phra Atit Road
    Bangkok 10200
    Tel: (66-2) 6974250
    Fax: (66-2) 6974445
    Email: nanae.yabuki@fao.org

  4. Mr Takeshi Hagino
    Agricultural Statistics Expert
    39 Phra Atit Road
    Bangkok 10200
    Tel: (66-2) 6974354
    Fax: (66-2) 6974407
    Email: takeshi.hagino@fao.org

  5. Ms Rebecca Cajilig
    Consultant
    Kaset Villa, Soi Khunying
    Bangkhen
    Bangkok 10200
    Tel: (66-02) 9412686
    Email: reby@inet.co.th

  6. Ms Luisa Kosaisaevee
    Secretary, FAO RAP
    39 Phra Atit Road
    Bangkok 10200
    Tel: (66-2) 6974355
    Fax: (66-2) 6974407
    Email: luisa.kosaisaevee@fao.org

Annex 3
Welcome Address

He Changchui
Assistant Director-General and FAO Regional Representative for Asia and the Pacific

It is my great pleasure to extend to you a warm welcome to this fourth meeting of the Focal Points for the project Strengthening Regional Data Exchange System on Food and Agricultural Statistics in Asia and the Pacific Countries (RDES). The main objectives of the project are to implement an electronics-based regional data exchange system for the participating countries and to strengthen national capacity to analyse data on food and agricultural statistics.

This project — carried out by FAO — was recently extended through 2007 with generous financial contributions from the Government of Japan. On behalf of FAO and the participating countries, I would like to express our gratitude and appreciation for Japan’s continued support to food and agricultural development in the region, specifically in the sector of agricultural statistics.

The United Nations, at its recently concluded 60th General Assembly, has recommitted to intensifying international effort and cooperation to meet the Millennium Development Goals, and has noted the slow progress made in the implementation of the MDGs. According to FAO's latest estimates (2004), the number of hungry people in the Asia-Pacific region has declined by 50 million only since 1996, an average yearly reduction of six million.

In order to achieve the internationally agreed goals, in particular, the overarching MDG1, which explicitly recognizes the inter-relationship between hunger and poverty and the imperative of reducing both, all stakeholders — the governments, international organizations, donors and NGOs — must redouble their efforts and re-assess their roles and actions.

Food and agricultural statistics’ agencies should play an important role in this effort by providing decision-makers with reliable and timely information related to agriculture, forestry and fisheries as well as commerce and trade. This information will enable formulation of appropriate policies and actions for the agricultural sector.

FAO has always been at the forefront of promoting and providing technical assistance to member countries in establishing and developing strong agricultural statistical systems at the national, sub-regional, regional and global levels. FAO has continued efforts in support of censuses of agriculture. It will soon publish the World Programme for the Census of Agriculture 2010. This is a most important survey not only for a snapshot of the existing global structure of agriculture, but also as a reliable and up-to-date basis for sampling frames.

Food and agricultural statistics in countries in the Asia and Pacific region have undergone dramatic changes during the last 20 years. Although national reporting systems continue to be a major source of data in many countries, sample surveys have gradually been introduced into statistical systems.

With rapid social and economic development in the region and the rapid advancement of new technological tools, such as powerful ICT technologies, this project has developed the Regional Data Exchange System (RDES) using Internet technology. Since the project launched the RDES in 2002, the RDES has been supplying valuable updates to the databases for the region, giving users an opportunity to review at national and sub-national levels, information about the area, production and yield of major agricultural commodities as well as data about livestock in participating countries.

By using the RDES, statistical agencies have been able to better respond to requests from policy-makers, planners of agricultural development and data users from the private sector for more detailed, timely and reliable information.

In addition, the project has achieved remarkable results at the country level, such as Internet-based access to RDES national and sub-national data for all 16 participating countries. I note in this respect that these national pages are regularly updated by the country Focal Points themselves. The project is also endeavouring to include RDES data from non-participating countries such as other APCAS members, as well as from developed countries.

At this stage, it is considered important for the RDES to further provide capacity-building support to participating countries regarding the analysis of agricultural data on the RDES. I understand that this fourth meeting of Focal Points for the project will serve as a forum to introduce new project activities, to review the RDES, to discuss its development and to agree on future outputs.

The meeting offers a timely opportunity to further fine-tune your requirements and expectations from the project. Let me re-iterate that while FAO is taking the lead in the implementation of this project with support from the Government of Japan, the ultimate beneficiaries of the project are the people in the participating countries, including the hungry and malnourished whose livelihoods will improve from enhanced planning and more effective policies.

I therefore call upon you to join with FAO to make every effort to improve agricultural statistics in your countries and the region and to provide reliable indicators to decision-makers for the development of policies and in monitoring and evaluating their effectiveness. Your discussions this week will be beneficial for your countries and the whole Asia and the Pacific region. It will accelerate the formulation of appropriate agricultural policies and the development of rural areas, while ensuring adequate supplies of food for populations, and the achievement of sustainable growth.

In conclusion, I wish you a successful outcome for the meeting and an enjoyable stay in the city of Bangkok.

Annex 4
Opening Statement

Kenji Kamikura
Senior Statistician, Statistics Planning Division
Statistics Department, MAFF, Japan

It is my great pleasure as a representative of the donor country to thank you for attending this fourth meeting of the Focal Points for the project Strengthening Regional Data Exchange System on Food and Agricultural Statistics.

To begin with, I deeply appreciate that throughout its history, FAO has continued the improvement of agricultural statistics, especially in the Asia and Pacific region.

Japan considers it vitally important that all countries produce and share reliable statistical data for the food and agriculture sector for the improvement of global food security. In this context, we have contributed to a trust fund in FAO since 1998 for the improvement and standardization of agricultural statistics as well as statistical data exchange in Asia and Pacific Countries (APCs). Also, an Agricultural Statistics Expert has been posted to the FAO Regional Office in Bangkok to promote the implementation of the project.

The Japanese Government posted Mr Eura as the first project Expert. This second stage of the project has been operational since December 2001; objectives were the improvement of agricultural statistics in member countries and the development of a Regional Data Exchange System on Food and Agricultural Statistics in APCs. The project has already succeeded in creating webpages for a regional data exchange network. The network enables us to share food and agricultural statistics at national and regional levels among countries in the Asia and Pacific region and FAO. I would like to congratulate FAO on this achievement and express our thanks to each of you for your contributions.

Although the project ended in December last year, Japan sought for continuation of the project for member countries despite stringent budget circumstances. Thus, the project has been extended until 2007. The work is so important for the region that Japan posted Mr Hagino as the second Expert on 1 June 2005. New objectives are: (1) to widen its coverage of food and agricultural data, (2) to broaden country participation in the project and (3) focus on strengthening the capacity of member countries to analyse food and agricultural statistics in order to assist policy-making and planning for agricultural development, particularly for food security and poverty alleviation. Japan intends to continue its assistance and expects the active participation of the member countries.

At this juncture, I would like to mention another project, which started in January 2003 through Japanese support — the ASEAN Food Security Information System (AFSIS). This project has created an ASEAN Food Security Information Network on the basis of the system developed by the FAO project and stored data from the ASEAN+3 countries. On behalf of the AFSIS project donor, I would like to express our appreciation of FAO’s assistance to AFSIS.

These two projects share the common target of assisting member countries in collecting and exchanging reliable data on food and agriculture. I believe that close collaboration between them will make great contributions to food security in the region.

Especially, I would like to stress the importance of the World Census of Agriculture 2010 which is essential for statistical development in the region and furthers understanding of agricultural trends in each country. I understand that FAO is currently developing the Census programme so I call upon you to collaborate with FAO by making every effort to carry out the Census in your country.

At this Focal Points meeting, I understand that member countries will report their project activities and the FAO Expert will propose developments for the RDES and implementation of national seminars. The Focal Points meeting will be followed by a Technical Consultation that addresses Data Analysis for Policy Making and Decision Making. At the meeting, you will learn about the present status of data analysis and future prospects in member countries.

As I mentioned earlier, the project will provide further impetus for further development of the RDES on food and agricultural statistics and food security in the region. Success depends for the most part upon member countries’ participation. I expect all of the Focal Points attending this meeting to work actively on the management of the data exchange system, collection of necessary data and collaboration with institutions and agencies concerned with effective data utilization. I believe your efforts will enable the project to achieve its goals.

Annex 5
List of Items and Description Codes

Description codesData 
A01Total land area 
A02Agricultural land 
A03Total population 
A04Agricultural population 
A05 – A99Other demographic data 
B01Rice paddy 
B02Wheat 
B03Maize 
B04Millet (Bajra) 
B05Cereals 
B06Barley 
B07Buckwheat 
B08Sorghum (Jowar) 
B09Small millet 
B10 – B99Other cereal crops 
C01Cassava 
C02Sweet potatoes 
C03Potatoes 
C04Taro 
C05 – C99Other roots and tubers 
D01Pulses 
D02Gram 
D03Mungbean 
D04Tur 
D05 – D99Other pulses 
E01Groundnuts 
E02Soybean 
E03Coconut 
E04Palm oil 
E05Oil crops (oil seeds)copra
E06Castor seed 
E07Linseed 
E10Rapeseed & mustard 
E11Safflower 
E12Sesame 
E13Sunflower 
E14 – E99Other edible oil crops 
F01Fruits (total) 
F02Bananas 
F03Citrus 
F04Mangoes 
F05Vegetables (total) 
F06Tomatoes 
F07Onions 
F08Watermelons 
F09 – F99Other horticultural cropsApples, oranges, dates
G01Jute 
G02Seed cotton 
G03Raw silk 
G04 – G99Other fibre crops 
H01Natural rubber 
H02Sugar cane 
H03Coffee 
H04Tea 
H05Cocoa bean 
H06Chilies and peppers 
H07Tobacco 
H08 – H99Other crops 
I01Cattle 
I02Buffalo 
I03Pigs 
I04Sheep 
I05Goats 
I06Chickens 
I07Ducks 
I08Milk (total) 
I09Cow milk 
I10Buffalo milk 
I11Chicken eggs 
I12Poultry 
I13Horses 
I14Yaks 
I15 – I99Other livestockBees, camels
J01Wholesale prices 
J02Retail prices 
J03 – J99Other prices 
K01 – K99Fisheries 
L01 – L99Forestry 
M01 – M99Census data 
N01 – N99Other data 

Annex 6
Review of the Workplan for GCP/RAS/184/JPN

Takeshi HAGINO
Agricultural Statistics Expert

OUTLINE OF THE WORKPLAN

Project Title and Symbol:Strengthening the Regional Data Exchange System on Food and Agricultural Statistics in Asia and Pacific Countries — Phase II GCP/RAS/184/JPN
Donor:Government of Japan
Countries:Bangladesh, Bhutan, Cambodia, China, Fiji, India, Indonesia, Iran, Lao PDR, Myanmar, Nepal, Pakistan, Philippines, Sri Lanka, Thailand and Viet Nam
Duration:April 2005 – December 2007

1. BACKGROUND

Agriculture is the mainstay of the economies of the countries of Asia and the Pacific region. Economic growth in these countries is substantially influenced by the growth of agriculture. It is central to strategies for planning socio-economic development; a high rate of agricultural growth is essential achieving food security at macro and micro levels and reducing poverty levels.

Food and agricultural statistics play an important role in agricultural development by providing decision-makers with a reliable and timely description of the agricultural sector. This information enables them to develop appropriate policies on agriculture and on the development of rural areas, while ensuring adequate supplies of food to the population, and achieving sustainable growth of the national economy.

Food and agricultural statistics in Asia and Pacific countries have undergone dramatic changes during the last 20 years. Although reporting systems continue to be a major source of data in many countries, sample surveys have become more prominent in statistical systems. National statistical publications are now being issued on a regular basis and many countries are introducing modern information technology systems for data processing, analysis and dissemination. More timely and more reliable food and agriculture statistics are expected to benefit national agricultural development, food security and poverty alleviation, as well as policy development, evaluation and monitoring.

However, despite the significant progress made in collecting food and agriculture data, many countries in Asia and the Pacific are still facing difficulties in obtaining reliable and timely data and in carrying out efficient data analysis and dissemination of the results. Methodologies for collection and processing of data can be improved in a number of countries, and new and modern techniques for data collection, analysis and dissemination can be applied and corresponding capacity-building programmes can be planned and implemented.

Formulated by the project GCP/RAS/171/JPN, the RDES was developed and the project Web site became operational. By accessing this Web site through the Internet, APCAS countries participating in the project have been able to upload national and sub-national food and agriculture statistics into the RDES for users worldwide to view and/or download. The next step is to expand the RDES to the remaining APCAS countries.

In the first regional project, the types of data analyses for agricultural policy implemented by the countries in the region were reviewed. This review concluded that national statistical data analyses are in various stages of development in the region and that the countries need continued technical assistance for developing or strengthening national capacity in analytical technologies for food and agricultural statistics.

2. IMMEDIATE OBJECTIVES, OUTPUTS AND ACTIVITIES

2.1. Immediate Objective One

To implement the RDES for food and agriculture statistics in all APCAS countries.

Output 1.1 Installation of the RDES in the remaining APCAS countries

Activity 1.1.1Construction of the country pages for all participating APCAS countries into the project Web site for the RDES
Activity 1.1.2Capacity building in the use of the system for all participating APCAS countries

Output 1.2 Region-wide standards for data in the RDES and its modification to facilitate sustainability after completion of the project

Activity 1.2.1Formulation of strategies toward evolution of regional-wide statistical standards/classification systems for compilation of priority components of the RDES
Activity 1.2.2Preparation of recommendations for region-wide statistical standards/classification for data in the RDES
Activity 1.2.3Modification of the RDES for APCAS-wide expansion/sustainability

2.2. Immediate Objective Two

To strengthen national capacity to analyse food and agricultural statistics in support of national agricultural development policy and planning, including associated food security and poverty alleviation concerns.

Output 2.1 Meetings of national Focal Points convened to address specific subjects of the project

Activity 2.1.1Organization of the First Meeting of National Focal Points (back to back with Activity 2.2.1) to recommend systematized standards/classification
Activity 2.1.2Organization of the Second Meeting of National Focal Points
Activity 2.1.3Organization of the Third Meeting of National Focal Points (back to back with Activity 2.2.3) to provide input for evaluation

Output 2.2 National seminars, regional workshop and capacity-building training focused on use of statistical data for analysing issues on sustained agricultural development, food insecurity and poverty

Activity 2.2.1Organization of regional workshop on data analysis using the RDES in support of country-specific issues on agricultural development, poverty and food insecurity
Activity 2.2.2Organization of 8 national seminars on data analysis using the RDES in support of country-specific issues on agricultural development, poverty and food insecurity
Activity 2.2.3Organization of regional capacity-building training on data analysis techniques and capacity-building tools for the analyses

Output 2.3 Recommendations for food and agriculture statistics analysis techniques in support of effective decision making, planning, targeted policies and programme formulation such as GDP analysis, food balance sheets, mapping, country/sub-country profiles, etc.

Activity 2.3.1Review of national level data analyses in the participating countries and identification of essential data analysis techniques to be adapted for the respective countries
Activity 2.3.2Development of data analysis techniques

Output 2.4 Capacity-building tools for strengthening analysis skills at national levels, such as training videos, manuals, demonstration webpages, etc.

Activity 2.4.1Investigation of effective capacity-building tools for the participating countries
Activity 2.4.2Development of capacity-building tools

3. INPUTS

3.1. Inputs of APCAS Member Countries

Countries will nominate national Focal Points who will be the liaisons for project activities and who will participate in regional meetings as may be required. These focal points will be nominated in consultation with the FAO RAP Senior Statistician in his/her capacity as Secretary of APCAS. Candidates should come from the department in charge of agricultural statistics and have responsibilities for the management and implementation of programmes in this field. The focal points will maintain the data from their respective countries.

Members of APCAS from developed countries are welcome to participate in project activities, especially for regional-level undertakings.

3.2. Contributions of the Donor Government (Japan)

The donor is expected to fund project activities. The funds will be used for the following budgetary items. The balance of the budget from the previous phase of the project will be used to support travel costs for participants’ invitations and training costs for organization of the Second Focal Points meeting sponsored by the project.

  1. Staff Costs

    1. Professional

      An Agricultural Statistics Expert/Project Manager will be assigned to provide advice on project implementation, including the preparation of the Project Implementation Workplan, periodic budget revisions, recruitment of consultants, training, monitoring and evaluation of project progress (Years 4: 7 months, Year 5: 12 months, Year 6: 5 months).

    2. General Service

      Administrative Support Staff (Secretary) to support the Agricultural Statistics Expert (Years 4 & 5: 12 months, Year 6: 4 months).

  2. Consultants

    International Consultant on capacity-building training for data analysis
    To develop capacity-building tools for data analysis and to assist in the preparation and conduct of regional capacity-building training on data analysis (Year 5: 1 month, Year 6: 1 month).

  3. Contracts

    1. Contracts with private firms for Internet web-hosting service to maintain the webpage of the project (3 years).

    2. Contracts with national institutions for organization of national seminars on data analysis (Year 4: 1 country, Year 5: 7 countries).

  4. Travel

    1. Duty travel for the Agricultural Statistics Expert to member countries of the project in support of project activities.

    2. Backstopping mission by FAO RAP to the participating countries of the project and from FAO headquarters to Bangkok.

    3. Participants at regional meetings, which are meetings of focal points and regional workshop/training (Year 4: 4 days, Year 6: 8 days).

      Note: Under this project, the second focal points meeting of two days will be also organized in Year 5. The balance of the budget of the previous phase of the project will be used to support travel cost for participants’ invitations in the second focal points meeting sponsored by the project.

    4. Evaluation mission by FAO headquarters and the donor country to Bangkok (Year 6: 3 weeks).

  5. Training

    Direct costs for organization of regional meetings(Year 4, Year 6).

  6. Expendable Procurement

    Expendable equipment and supplies required in support of project activities such as computer supplies, stationery, etc. for the project office.

  7. Technical Support Services

    1. Technical Backstopping
      FAO will provide technical backstopping and oversight of the project, averaging one month of professional staff services each year.

    2. Terminal Report
      After the completion of the project, FAO will submit a Terminal Report to the Donor Government.

    3. Evaluation
      Evaluation will be undertaken during the focal points meeting in Year 6. The evaluation team will consist of an official of FAO headquarters and a representative of the donor country. (3 weeks, an official of FAO headquarters and a representative of the donor country).

  1. General operating expenses

    General operating expenses including cost sharing of the project office and cost of telecommunication maintenance, production of field documents and miscellaneous activities for smooth project implementation.

3.3. FAO Contributions

Project Headquarters will be located at the premises of the FAO Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific (RAP), Bangkok. FAO RAP will make available office space for the project expert and will recruit and service the staff assigned to implement the project. It will also make available conference facilities and a vehicle for local transport in Bangkok, Thailand for regional meetings, seminars and workshops, organized under the project.

4. Project Evaluation

FAO and the Donor Government will jointly examine the progress of the project. The project will be subject to an evaluation in accordance with the policies and procedures established by FAO.

At the time of the focal points meeting in the last year of the project, an official terminal evaluation will be planned, by a small team consisting of an official from FAO headquarters and a representative of the donor country, hired using project funds. The Terms of Reference and exact timing will be decided in consultation between FAO and the Donor Government.


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