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Technical Working Group Meeting CountrySTAT

Kari Mtwapa, Kenya 10 September 2012


The collection of raw data for National Planning will face the challenge of ensuring quality of information under the Devolved Government as extension officers will be under county governments. The observation was made by the Chief Economist (CE) in the Ministry of Agriculture Mr. Wellington Lubira when he opened a Technical Working Group (TWG) workshop on CountrySTAT project at Kari Mtwapa on 10th September, 2012.

Mr. Lubira said harmonization of data faces the challenge of maintaining the integrity of the information collected, due to the fact that some County Governments may distort information to benefit from the equalization fund. He added that there is need to sensitise senior government officers to champion the development of information essential for National Development.

The CounytrySTAT National coordinator Mr.Abner Ingosi said CountrySTAT is a statistical framework and applied information system for analysis and policy making designed to organize, integrate and disseminate statistical data on food and agriculture from different data providers. He added that the project coordinates the collection of scattered institutional statistical information and makes it available at the national and international levels while ensuring to meet international standards. The project is managed from the Ministry of Agriculture and is supported by Food Agriculture Organisation (FAO).

Since the launch of the project in 2009 several data sets have been validated, Kenya was the first country in Africa to set up a countrySTAT system. Achievements of the countrySTAT system include improved quality of information at the national level, reduced time in publication of information and effective programming for handling of statistical information. The programme is contributing to the reduction of extreme poverty and hunger which is one of the millennium development goals.

The Technical Working Group workshop was told that the focus of the project will be on collection and validation of national and sub national data to ensure quality in the information collected and published. It is was also expected to complete the FAO question which is harmonized with the published data on the website.

Participants in the workshop were drawn from the Ministry of Agriculture, Ministry of Livestock Development, and Ministry of Fisheries, Ministry of Planning and Vision 2030, KARI, KNBS and FAO country office.


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