First Wye City Conference

8-9 April 2008, York, United Kingdom

The Wye City Group has been formed as a successor to the IWG.AGRI Task Force on Statistics on Rural Development and Agricultural Household Income, which had its final meeting in June 2006 following the publication of the handbook Rural Households’ Livelihood and Well-being: Statistics on Rural Development and Agriculture Household Income.

The Group will include between 20 and 30 experts on statistics and economics from national statistics offices, ministries of agriculture, universities and research institutes, who have a shared interest in improving methods for collecting data on the rural environment, communities, and farm and non-farm households.

The first meeting of the Group will consist of three half-day sessions with a focus on rural statistics, agriculture household income and developing nations. Each session will include an invited keynote speaker and a number of discussion papers. The papers might focus on matters such as:

- What is rural?
- What specific statistical challenges are faced by economies in transition?
- To what extent can the recommendations contained in the Handbook be met by existing data sources in different countries?


    Kings Pool, Peasholme Green
    York YO1 7PX
    United Kingdom