From policy makers to farmers: The role of statistics in food security
4 December 2013, Rome/Morocco – The value of data collection and coordination in food security goes far beyond the numbers. This is why an unprecedented gathering of experts from 35 countries are meeting in Morocco this week for the 23rd session of the African Commission on Agricultural Statistics (AFCAS). Improving the quality, availability and relevance of data on food and agriculture has become a key priority as Africa strives to develop more effective policies to tackle its persistent food security problems. But what role do these statistics play in food security and how are they relevant to farmers?
Sangita Dubey is a Senior Statistician at FAO. In the following interview she explains the importance of coordinating data between countries, how data collection in Africa needs to improve and how data has an impact on the lives of rural farmers. (Interview conducted by Sandra Ferrari)
Produced by: Sandra Ferrari