Food and Agriculture Statistics

Economic statistics

FAO’s work on economic statistics refers to the promotion of and access to internationally comparable data that relate to agricultural investments, prices, and public expenditure; aid flows to agriculture; and sectoral macro indicators.

The production and dissemination of these data contribute to the analyses of agricultural trends and economic policies, including a focus on food production, supporting significantly FAO’s drive to enable inclusive and efficient agricultural and food systems.

Economics statistics include the collection and dissemination of macroeconomic indicators from member countries, in particular indicators of gross value added, capital stock, capital formation, and implicit price deflators; it also includes statistics on agricultural investment and the development of investment profiles, as well as prices relevant for agriculture producers and food consumers.

Activities on economic statistics are carried out in strong collaboration with international development agencies, such as EUROSTAT, International Monetary Fund, the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), The United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), and United Nations Statistics Division in order to harmonize the data collection process and reduce the burden on responding countries.