Food and Agriculture Statistics

The 50x2030 Initiative to Close the Agricultural Data Gap

The 50x2030 Initiative to Close the Agricultural Data Gap is a multi-partner programme that seeks to bridge the global agricultural data gap by transforming country data systems in 50 countries in Africa, Asia, the Middle East and Latin America by 2030. This unprecedented initiative focuses on improving country level data by building strong nationally-representative survey programmes.

50x2030 aims at creating stronger capacity to produce, analyze, interpret, and apply data to decisions in the agricultural sector, and provide the infrastructure to build evidence-informed policies for rural development and food security.

National Statistical Offices, Ministries of Agriculture, and other relevant agencies lead the design and implementation of their survey programs with technical support from the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), the World Bank and International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD).

The Initiative scales up and builds upon the experiences of existing and tested survey methods already up and running: FAO’s Agricultural Integrated Survey (AGRISurvey) Programme and the World Bank’s Living Standards Measurement Study-Integrated Surveys on Agriculture (LSMS-ISA). IFAD's Research and Impact Assessment Division (RIA) complements the effort with a focus on increasing and improving the use of survey data to inform decision-making.

FAO and partners provide capacity development support in the following areas:

  • Data production: specify needs, design survey programmes, build data collection, data process and data dissemination components, support data collection, process and analysis.
  • Data dissemination: development of tabulation plans, technical support on data curation, documentation and preservation and data anonymization.
  • Data use: the Initiative strives to build the capacity and motivation of decisionmakers to use data, to strengthen data producers to align with decisionmaker needs, and to improve data sharing and open data. Activities include: building the capacity to analyze, interpret, and present data; strengthen the capacity of decision-makers to interpret and apply data; promote improved data sharing and communication practices in partner governments.