FOOD AND AGRICULTURE ORGANIZATION OF THE UNITED NATIONS (FAO)
REGIONAL OFFICE FOR ASIA AND THE PACIFIC
BANGKOK, OCTOBER 2007
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Map of Asia and the Pacific is used courtesy of The General Libraries, The University of Texas at Austin. The pictures on the covers were taken by G. Diana (cover) and by L. Lizzi (back cover). Tables were prepared by the FAO Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific, on the basis of information available as of August 2007. Please note that growth rates take into consideration data that are not printed. Inquiries about the technical contents and comments about the profiles should be addressed to:
Senior Statistician FAO Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific Maliwan Mansion, 39 Phra Atit Road Bangkok, 10200 Thailand Tel : (662) 697-4000 Fax : (662) 697-4445
This document is the twenty-fourth issue of the publication Selected indicators of food and agricultural development in the Asia-Pacific region. It presents data on selected items for the years 1996-2006, except some tables that provide information for the period 1995-2005. Most tables show two types of information: annual figures for 1996, 2003, 2004, 2005 and 2006 and the average annual growth rate for the period 1996-2006. The indicators are grouped under the following headings: Agricultural land and population, Agricultural inputs, Production indices, Staple food crops, Edible oil crops, Horticultural crops, Fibre crops, Other crops, Livestock, Agricultural trade, Fisheries, Forestry, Nutrition and Other indicators, including a table reporting the status of organic farming in the region. A section on country profiles precedes the tables.
Member countries in the region are shown under two groups: "Developing countries/transition economies" and "Developed countries". Statistics obtained using data values from all of these member countries are labeled as “Asia & Pacific*”. For comparison purposes, figures relating to "Rest of world" and "World" are also presented. Please note that country data for Timor-Leste were reported as provincial data for Indonesia before 2000.
For almost all commodity tables, data are mainly retrieved from the FAO computerized data bases, especially FAOSTAT, or from the FAO Yearbooks. These data are based on information supplied by member countries. Other sources of data are cited.
The methodological framework, processing and dissemination systems of FAOSTAT have been re-developed together with its coverage, commodity classifications, statistical and meta databases to provide more up-to-date and reliable statistics, based on user requests and feedbacks. Data from 1990 has been revisited and there may be resulting changes in the historical data. Moreover, many members have substantially revised statistics for earlier years or have provided estimates for 2005 (trade data) and 2006 (production data). Totals for these years may be under estimates due to non reporting or partial reporting. Such instances are identified by the superscripts used in the tables. The methodology for the estimation of food balance sheets has also been revised in FAOSTAT. This includes modern aggregation techniques for the conversion of transformed commodities into primary equivalents. These revisions resulted in several modifications and amendments to statistics, so the data series presented here can differ (sometimes substantially) from those in previous editions of this publication. Caution should therefore be used when interpreting the estimates.
To indicate the overall regional performance and also to highlight intercountry differences, growth rates shown in the present publication have been calculated using the least squares exponential growth method. It should be noted that data for all years in the range have been used in the calculation of the growth rates.
Various units of FAO, especially the Statistics Division, have cooperated with the FAO Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific in the preparation of this publication. This collaboration is duly acknowledged.
He Changchui Assistant Director-General and FAO Regional Representative for Asia and the Pacific
Bangkok, October 2007
SYMBOLS USED IN THE TABLES
Data not available
Kilogram per hectare
In most tables a blank space has the same meaning as the symbol (-) defined above.
For crop yields and all sub-regional totals no (F) or (*) symbol is used as these are derived data.
To divide decimals from whole numbers, a full stop (.) is used.
Please note that Asia & Pacific* refers to countries in the table.