The African Commission on Agricultural Statistics (AFCAS) is a statutory body of FAO and meets every two years. The FAO Conference at its Eleventh Session in 1961 approved the creation of the regional Agricultural Statistical Commission for Africa, and established by the Director-General in October, 1962.
Developing African statistics
AFCAS brings together senior statistics officials from FAO member countries of the African continent, who are responsible for the development of agricultural statistics in their respective countries. They review and exchange ideas on the state of food and agricultural statistics in the continent and advise member countries on the development of their agricultural statistical systems within FAO's programme of Work and Budget for Africa.
Aims of the conference
The conference aims to review the state of food and agricultural statistics in the African Region and advise Member Nations on the development and standardization of agricultural statistics within the general framework of FAO's work, and to convene study groups or other Subsidiary Bodies of national experts required for this purpose.