Regional workshop for the Pacific on linking population and housing censuses with agricultural censuses

Noumea, New Caledonia, 28 May - 1 June 2012

The workshop was organized by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and the Secretariat of the Pacific Community, the first ever of its kind, and in collaboration with  the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) and Paris21.
The workshop was based on the FAO/UNFPA Guidelines: “Linking Population and Housing with Agricultural Censuses: with selected country practices". It  brought  together both government statisticians and those in the ministries of agriculture to:
• Discuss the gains from integrated population and housing and agriculture censuses in their countries.
• Provide  information on the best methods for integration under particular country conditions.   
• Open channels for further coordination in integration of the two censuses.

Integration of agricultural censuses with population and housing censuses has been advocated by the several organizations including UNFPA, UNECA and UNECE, and the FAO World Programme for the Census of Agriculture 2010 (WCA 2010) and is in line with the Global Strategy to Improve Agricultural and Rural Statistics promoted jointly by the FAO and the World Bank.

There were 27 participants from Cook Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Fiji Islands, Kiribati, Marshall Islands, Nauru, Niue, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tokelau, Tonga, Tuvalu, and Vanuatu. The workshop brought together professional statisticians working in the areas of agricultural censuses and surveys, and population and housing censuses. They are expected to be involved in designing an agricultural census or a population and housing census in their respective countries in the next round of censuses.

Monday 28 May


1. Overview

Pacific Islands agricultural statistics and the ten-year Pacific statistical strategy (TYPSS)


Global strategy to improve agricultural statistics, implementation in the Pacific region


Regional implementation plan for the global strategy to improve agricultural and rural statistics in Asia and the Pacific


2. Context

Integrating population and housing censuses with agricultural censuses


4. Concepts presentation

Concepts: agricultural censuses


Tuesday 29 May

5. Questionnaire: Agricultural module for population and housing censuses


Wednesday 30 May

6. Sampling Frame: Collecting information for frame construction for agricultural censuses and surveys


7. Sampling design and efficiency


Thursday 31 May

8. Issues for fieldwork and logistic for an integrated census



Regional Issues for Integrated censuses and surveys: Food security

Measuring Food Security


Pacific Food Security Framework



Practical A: Concepts used in linked census -In country practices and linkage methods

Practical B: Items and questions for a full agriculture census module in the population and housing census

Group 1 - PNG/Solomon Is, Vanuatu/Fiji


Group 2 - Tuvalu/Kiribati/Tokelau Nauru


Group 3 - Tonga/Niue/Samoa Palau/FSM


Practical C: Questions for frame

Group 1 - Samoa/Solomon PNG, Fiji


Group 2 - Vanuatu/Tonga/Niue


Group 3- Tokelau/Tuvalu/, Nauru/Palau/Kiribati


Practical D: Food security

Group 1- PNG/Solomon Is, Samoa/Vanuatu/Fiji


Group 2 - Cook Is/ FSM/Niue/Palau/Tonga


Group 3

Country presentations

Linking population and housing to agricultural censuses


2011 Pilot Census


Agriculture in population and household census


Integrating agricultural questions in the 2020 round of censuses


Integrating Agriculture questions into a population and housing census


Status report


Agricultural census in Solomon Island: Future focus

Solomon Islands

Agricultural census in Tonga

Kingdom of Tonga

Agricultural Census 2011 (NSO experience) / (MOA experience)

Cook Islands

Agricultural Census -Sample Design


Agricultural Census - Sampe design and efficiency



Nancy Chin
Statistics Division
FAO Headquarters
Tel. (+39) 06 570 55567
Fax (+39) 06 570 55615