Statistics working papers

Decent work indicators for agriculture and rural areas: Conceptual issues, data collection challenges and possible areas for improvement
FAO statistical working paper series 15-10


This paper aims to achieve three main objectives. First, to assess the relevance of concepts and indicators of Decent Work (DW) for rural areas and employment in agriculture, especially in low-income countries, where coverage, data availability and reliability are particularly problematic. 

Social protection and food security indicators: An inquiry through data from 10 household budget surveys
FAO statistical working paper series 15-09


The aim of the paper is to provide empirical evidence on the association between social protection systems and food security conditions in selected developing countries, which will serve as a basis for building a global data set for monitoring and harmonizing indicators on these two thematic areas. 

Estimating food consumption patterns by reconciling food balance sheets and household budget surveys
FAO statistical working paper series 14-08


This paper presents a method to improve the information on food consumption patterns of FBS by using national household budget surveys (HBS).

Now-casting regional consumer food inflation
FAO statistical working paper series 14-07


This paper presents the methodological framework used by FAO’s Statistics Division to now-cast consumer food inflation at regional level. Hybrid ARIMA-GARCH models are estimated for each region, with additional explanatory variables constructed from a large and high-frequency dataset.

Selecting a core set of indicators for monitoring global food security: A methodological proposal
FAO statistical working paper series 14-06


This paper proposes a methodology to select indicators in multidimensional assessments, such as the ones required for the measurement of food security. By linking the overarching objectives of the evaluation to the nature of the indicators, this methodology is able to discriminate among the hundreds of indicators proposed.

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