Guidelines for Linking Population and Housing Censuses with Agricultural Censuses

Special Issue of the FAO Statistical Development Series

Guidelines for Linking Population and
Housing Censuses with Agricultural

with selected country practices

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Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations
United Nations Population Fund
Rome 2012


The FAO World Programme for the Census of Agriculture 2010 (WCA 2010) strongly recommends that countries consider the option of coordinating the agricultural census with the population and housing census, during the early stages of census planning, in line with the Principles and Recommendations for Population and Housing Censuses, Revision 2 (UNSD, 2008).

FAO in collaboration with UNFPA and with initial support of PARIS21 have prepared this technical document in order to provide practical guidelines to countries on modalities for coordinating and linking the two censuses, which can be a key element in a cost-effective census strategy. These guidelines have been based on both WCA 2010 and a detailed review of the collection of agricultural data in the population and housing census in various countries around the world. FAOs extensive experience in providing support to agricultural censuses in all regions of the world is drawn on. It also takes into account UNFPAs experience in supporting population and housing censuses.

Integrating the population and housing census with the agricultural census is consistent with the Global Strategy to Improve Agricultural and Rural Statistics (World Bank et al., 2011). One of the three pillars of the strategy is the integration of agricultural statistics into the national statistical system. At the operational level this integration is to be achieved through: (1) an integrated survey framework; (2) development of a master sample frame for agriculture; and (3) an integrated data management system. Experience shows that collecting limited and well-defined agricultural data during the population and housing census can substantially contribute to building an efficient master frame for agricultural censuses and surveys in many developing countries.

Table of Contents


Chapter 1:  Introduction
Chapter 2:  Limitations of Agricultural Data in Past Population
                  and Housing Censuses

Chapter 3:  Recommendations for The 2010 Round of Population
                  and Housing, and Agricultural Censuses

Chapter 4:  Review of Selected Country Practices In Linking the
                  Population and Housing Census with the Agricultural

Chapter 5:  Guidelines for Coordinating and Linking the Two

Chapter 6:  Use of Agricultural Data from the Population and
                  Housing Censuses to Build Sampling Frames for
                  Agricultural Censuses and Surveys

Chapter 7:  Improving Efficiency of Agricultural Census ad Survey

Chapter 8:  Producing Preliminary Results from Variables in the
                  Agricultural Census Core Module


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