The 18th edition of FAO Statistical Development Series offers both a distinctive panorama of country census practices across the regions of the world and an international view enabling comparison of the structural characteristics of national agricultural sectors. FAO hopes that this exceptional information will serve as useful reference material for national census agencies for census planning and implementation, and for policymakers and researchers who are interested in development of agriculture.
 New French version of the FAO publication "Incorporating environmental flows into “water stress” indicator 6.4.2" now available online!
This year’s report presents new estimates on the pervasiveness of water scarcity in irrigated agriculture and of water shortages in rainfed agriculture. It provides guidance on how countries can prioritize policies and interventions to overcome water constraints in agriculture.
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.

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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.

Quality standards and professional ethics

FAO Statistics Quality Assurance Framework (SQAF), adopted in 2014, and the Corporate Statistical Standards adopted more recently, set out the principles and recommended best practices to ensure that FAO statistical production processes and statistical outputs are of the highest possible quality. The SQAF is based on the Fundamental Principles of Official Statistics and the Principles Governing International Statistical Activities (CCSA), which guide the statistical activities of national and international organizations, and is inspired by the quality frameworks adopted by other supranational and international organizations [e.g. European Central Bank (ECB), Eurostat, Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) and International Monetary Fund (IMF)]. In 2020, FAO has also endorsed the ISI’s Declaration on Professional Ethics (2010) to encourage all its statisticians to adopt high-standard professional values and ethics in statistics.

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

3rd UN World Data Forum

03-10-2021 – 06-10-2021 (Bern, Switzerland)

Online Training Course on Computer-Assisted Personal Interviewing (CAPI) using CSPro Android and Survey Solutions (Registration open until 5 March)

15-05-2021 – 07-05-2021 (Free MOOC offered by ADB)

The 52nd Session of the Statistical Commission

01-03-2021 – 05-03-2021 (Online event)

SDMX Expert Group and Meeting of the SDMX-SDGs Working Group 

25-01-2021 – 28-01-2021 (Online event)