Statistics

Food Outlook is published by the Markets and Trade Division of FAO as part of the Global Information and Early Warning System (GIEWS). It is a biannual publication focusing on developments in global food markets.  Food Outlook maintains a close synergy with Crop Prospects and Food Situation, produced by the GIEWS, especially regarding cereals.
FAO Statistical Yearbook is a primary tool for policy makers, researchers and analysts, as well as the general public interested in the past, present and future path of food and agriculture.
The publication presents comprehensive and detailed fishery and aquaculture statistics, covering production, utilization, consumption, trade, employment and fishing fleet.
The 2020 FAO Survey of Pulp and Paper Capacities presents statistics on pulp and paper production capacity and short-term forecast estimates from main producing countries, data on pulp and paper production, and information about utilization of recovered paper.

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FAO’s statistical work

Sound and timely statistics are key to inform decisions, policies and investments that tackle issues related to food and agriculture, from hunger and malnutrition to rural poverty, from food systems productivity to the sustainable use of natural resources or to climate change.

FAO is dedicated to collecting, analysing, interpreting and disseminating food and agriculture statistics that are relevant for decision-making.

It is for this reason that developing and implementing methodologies and standards to assist countries in generating sound data and information is at the core of FAO’s statistical work.

FAO also supports member countries in the collection, dissemination and uptake of data to formulate policies and plans or to better orient investments.

Major areas of FAO’s statistical work

A comprehensive list of FAO Statistical activities is included in the Statistical Programme of Work.

Data Collection

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Data dissemination

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Methods and Standards

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Statistical Capacity development

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How we work

The FAO’s statistical system operates under the oversight of the Office of Chief statistician and it consists of a statistics division, statistics units embedded in technical departments and a Data Lab for Statistical Innovation.

International collaboration

At international level, FAO is the leading UN agency responsible for the development of methods and standards on food and agriculture statistics and for their implementation in countries.

In this role, the Organization acts as the Secretariat of the UN Committee of Experts on Food Security, Agricultural and Rural Statistics (UNCEAG) and the Coordinating Working Party on Fishery Statistics (CWP).

The Organization is also an active member of many Committees and institutional bodies for the coordination of the statistical work at international level.

Meetings and Events

Knowledge-sharing training on “Sampling and Estimation in Agricultural Surveys” 30 October–20 November 2020 | 14:30–16:30 Rome time

Interactive regional training course on SDG 6.4 indicators
12 November–10 December 2020 | 10:00 Rome time

Applications of GIS for project management, agricultural statistics, and its adoption in RLC Wednesday 18 November 2020 (10:00 –  11:30, Santiago) (14:00 –  15:30, Rome)

Launch of the FAO Flagship State of World Food and Agriculture (SOFA) 2020 Thursday 26 November 2020 | 15:00 – 16 : 00 Rome time