Statistics
 

Asia and Pacific Commission on Agricultural Statistics - 26

15-19 February 2016, Thimphu, Bhutan

In accordance with Article VI-1 of the FAO Constitution, the FAO Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific (RAP) organized the twenty-sixth session of the Asia and Pacific Commission on Agricultural Statistics (APCAS 26), in Thimphu, 15-19 February 2016 at the kind invitation of the Royal Government of Bhutan.

Participants 
APCAS 26 welcomed 76 participants, including 56 from 19 APCAS  member countries, two from observer countries, 16 from FAO and sub-regional organizations like SAARC (South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation) and the ASEAN Food Security Information System (AFSIS). 

Meeting Purpose 
The Asia and Pacific Commission on Agricultural Statistics (APCAS) is a statutory body of FAO. APCAS brings together senior statistics officials from FAO member countries of the Asia and Pacific region, who are responsible for the development of agricultural statistics in their respective countries. They review the developments in their agricultural statistical systems since the last session and exchange ideas with experts from FAO and other organizations on the state of food and agricultural statistics in the region. FAO uses this occasion to inform the member countries about its activities in during the preceding biennium, particularly in Asia and the Pacific region.

Membership of the Commission
As per the Statute of the Commission, the membership of the Commission is open to all Member Nations of FAO and Associate Members whose territories are situated wholly or partly in the Asia and the Pacific Region or who are responsible for the international relations of any non-self-governing territories in the Region. As of March 2016, 26 countries are members of APCAS, namely Afghanistan, Australia, Bangladesh,  Bhutan, Cambodia, People’s Rep. of China, Fiji, France, India, Indonesia, Islamic Rep. of Iran, Japan, Lao PDR, Malaysia, Mongolia, Myanmar, Nepal, New Zealand, Pakistan, Philippines, Republic of Korea, Sri Lanka, Thailand, United Kingdom, United States of America and Viet Nam. Mongolia officially joined APCAS 26 during the session.

FAO member nations interested in becoming a member of the Commission may contact the APCAS Secretary for guidance. 

Conclusions
The Commission heard presentation on 48 technical documents from attending countries and delegates.  FAO opened the session with a report on its activities since the last Session and the actions taken on the recommendation of APCAS25. This Session discussed the monitoring framework on the Sustainable Development Goals, concluding with a recommendation that FAO take the lead on setting standards for the SDG Global Indicators, particularly for new indicators identified by the Inter Agency Expert Group, as well as capacity development for member countries to fulfil their reporting obligations. The Commission endorsed the establishment of a Global Commission on Agricultural Statistics as an important FAO Governing body to influence the development of agricultural statistics. The Session took note of the new guidelines for the World Census of Agriculture 2020, which will be rolled-out through scheduled regional workshops in 2016. Recent statistical developments in other domains like fishery, statistics, economic accounting and greenhouse gasses were also reviewed. 

Meeting documents

pdf

APCAS/16/INF1

Information note

pdf

APCAS/16/INF2

List of documents (provisional)

pdf

APCAS/16/INF3

List of participants

pdf

APCAS/16/INF4

Statute of the Commission

Presentations

pdf

APCAS/16/4.1

Overview of FAO activities

pdf

APCAS/16/4.2

Issues in the collection of FAO data

pdf

APCAS/16/5.1.1

Global Strategy Overview and summary of progress in the Asia Pacific Region

pdf

APCAS/16/5.1.2

Progress with Technical Assistance activities in the region

pdf

APCAS/16/5.1.3

FAO - Strategic Planning process for Agricultural and Rural Statistics Issues and Challenges

pdf

APCAS/16/5.1.4

China - Reform and Development of China’s Agricultural Statistics

pdf

APCAS/16/5.1.5

Philippines - Strategic Changes in the Agricultural Statistics System

pdf

APCAS/16/5.1.6

Bhutan - Strategic Plan for Renewable Natural Resources Statistics of Bhutan

pdf

APCAS/16/5.1.7

Lao PDR - Progress in Lao PDR and experience with developing SPARS

pdf

APCAS/16/5.1.8

Samoa - Progress on Regional Action Plan of Global Strategy to Improve Agricultural and Rural Statistics in Samoa

pdf

APCAS/16/5.1.9

Sri Lanka - Global Strategy Sri Lanka Perspective

pdf

APCAS/16/5.1.10

Bangladesh - Capacity Assessment on ARS in Bangladesh, SPARS Initiative

pdf

APCAS/16/5.2.1

FAO - Progress in the implementation of the Agricultural Market Information System in Asia and the Pacific

pdf

APCAS/16/5.2.2

Philippines - Pilot Palay Crop Cutting Survey in the Philippines

pdf

APCAS/16/5.2.3

Thailand - AMIS Implementation in Thailand

pdf

APCAS/16/5.2.4

Indonesia - AMIS Balance Sheet Methodology used in Indonesia

pdf

APCAS/16/5.2.5

Bangladesh - AMIS in Bangladesh

pdf

APCAS/16/5.3.1

FAO - Country assessment in the region

pdf

APCAS/16/5.3.2

Japan - South South Cooperation being implemented by Japan

pdf

APCAS/16/5.3.3

SAARC - SAARCSTAT

pdf

APCAS/16/5.3.4

Thailand - AFSIS activities in support of statistics in the region

pdf

APCAS/16/6.1.1

FAO Overview of SDG

pdf

APCAS/16/6.1.2

India - Sustainable Development Goals in Agriculture Sector Indian Outlook

pdf

APCAS/16/6.1.3

Nepal - Preparedness of Nepal for Monitoring Sustainable Development Goals Food Security Agriculture Perspective

pdf

APCAS/16/6.2.1

Main features and changes in WCA 2020, Volume 1 Programmes, Concepts and Definitions

pdf

APCAS/16/6.2.2

FAO - Outline of WCA 2020, Volume 2 Operational Guidelines on implementing Census of Agriculture

pdf

APCAS/16/6.2.3

FAO - Agricultural Integrated Survey (AGRIS) Rationale and Methodology

pdf

APCAS/16/6.2.4

Cambodia - 2013 Agriculture Census  of Cambodia, Challenges, Lesson learnt and Road ahead

pdf

APCAS/16/6.2.5

Viet Nam - Rural, Agricultural, and Fishery Census in Viet Nam

APCAS/16/6.2.6

Thailand - Agriculture Census in Thailand

pdf

APCAS/16/6.2.7

Bhutan - Agriculture and Rural Statistics in the Statistical System in Bhutan

pdf

APCAS/16/6.3.1

FAO - Status and recent development of fisheries and aquaculture statistics

pdf

APCAS/16/6.3.2

Bangladesh - Fisheries Statistics in Bangladesh

pdf

APCAS/16/6.3.3

Maldives - Fish Stats Data Collection Mechanisms in Fisheries Sector

pdf

APCAS/16/6.3.4

Indonesia - Improving the methodology of data collection on aquaculture in Indonesia

pdf

APCAS/16/6.3.5

Mongolia - Livestock Statistics in Mongolia

pdf

APCAS/16/6.3.6

India - Estimation of Livestock Products in India

pdf

APCAS/16/6.4.1 & APCAS/16/6.4.2

FAO - Food Security Statistics in the transition from MDG to SDG and The State of Food Insecurity in the World

pdf

APCAS/16/6.4.3

Bangladesh - Measuring Food Security in Bangladesh Challenges and Way Forward

pdf

APCAS/16/6.4.4

Nepal - Food Security

pdf

APCAS/16/6.4.5

Philippines - TCP-RAS-3409 Project Implementation in the Philippines

pdf

APCAS/16/7.1

Proposal to Establish a Global Commission on Food and Agricultural Statistics

pdf

APCAS/16/8.1

Macro-Economic Statistics

pdf

APCAS/16/8.2

System of Environmental Economic Accounting

pdf

APCAS/16/8.3

Investment Financing Statistics

pdf

APCAS/16/8.4

Case study of smart farm agriculture policy in Korea

pdf

APCAS/16/8.5

Green House Gas Emissions

pdf

APCAS/16/8.6

Collecting producer prices

pdf

APCAS/16-Special event

Bhutan - Operationalizing Gross National Happiness

pdf

APCAS/16/AOB1

Methods for Crop Statistics in the United States of America

pdf

APCAS/16/AOB2

Issues in the collection of FAO data – Results of the APCAS Questionnaire

Contact

Mr Mukesh Srivastava
APCAS Secretary
Senior Statistician, FAO Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific
Bangkok, Thailand
Phone: + 66 2 697 4250
Fax: + 66 2 697 4445

Mr Kencho Thinley
APCAS Liaison Officer
Chief Planning Officer Policy and Planning Division
Ministry of Agriculture and Forests
Thimphu, Bhutan
Phone: +975 322545
Fax: +975 323748