Food and Agriculture Statistics

Global Strategy to improve agricultural and rural statistics

The Global Strategy to Improve Agricultural and Rural Statistics (Global Strategy) was developed as a blueprint for a coordinated and long-term initiative to address the decline in the agricultural statistical systems of many developing countries. The Global Strategy was designed to provide a “framework for national and international statistical systems enabling developing countries to produce, and to apply, the basic data and information needed in the 21st Century”. From its very inception, the Global Strategy was designed as a 15-year process to be implemented in several phases.

During its first phase of implementation (2012–2018), the Global Strategy was centered on three pillars outputs produced through three technical components: Methodological Research, Technical Assistance and Training implemented in two regions: Africa and Asia and the Pacific.

Significant results have been achieved: i) agricultural statistical methods have been completely upgraded and endorsed by FAO, ii) Strategic Plans for Agricultural and Rural Statistics (SPARS)have been prepared in almost 40 countries, iii) a fast-track model of technical assistance has been successfully implemented and iv) tangible progress has been made in countries’ overall capacity through regional training programmes.

The second phase of the Global Strategy (GSARS II 2020-2025), starting in 2021, will focus on the application and use of existing methodologies and approaches developed in the framework of the first phase. GSARS II will continue its work aimed at strengthening the statistical capacities of countries through the provision of training and technical assistance at national, regional and global level. The work of the Global Strategy will be interlinked with the activities of the 50x2030 Initiative to close the agricultural data gap, aimed at collecting data in 50 low income and lower middle-income countries by 2030.

Support will include:

i) assistance in the design of strategic plans for agricultural statistics;

ii) training in agricultural statistics and provision of scholarships; and

iii) technical assistance and training on tools, methodologies for data collection, data analysis and dissemination.




 Global Strategy to Improve Agricultural and Rural Statistics website 

 Action Plan Phase 2

  Guidelines and Handbooks

 Training material:

Technical Report on Improving the Use of GPS, GIS and Remote Sensing in Setting Up Master Sampling Frames

Technical Report on Reconciling Data from Agricultural Censuses and Surveys

Literature Review on Reconciling Data from Agricultural Censuses and Surveys

Technical Report on Cost – Effectiveness of  Remote Sensing for Agricultural Statistics in Developing and Emerging Economies

Technical Report on Developing More Efficient and Accurate Methods for the Use of Remote Sensing in Agricultural Statistics

Technical Report on the Integrated Survey Framework

Case-Studies on the measurement of productivity and efficiency in agriculture

Pilot tests of an international definition of urban – rural territories - Summary report

Methodology for definition and spatial delimitation of rural areas

Master Sampling Frames - The field experiments conducted in Nepal

Master Sampling Frames (MSF) for fishery and aquaculture statistics

Gaps and Methodological Approach: A Critical Analysis of Methods for Surveys of Fisheries and Aquaculture

Identifying the Most Appropriate Sampling Frame for Specific Landscape Types

A Literature Review and Key Agri/Environmental Indicators

Field Test Report on Agri-environmental Indicators (AEls): towards a Suistainable Agriculture

How to Include the Wood fuel Supplementary Module into Existing Surveys and Derive Woodfuel Indicators

Developing a Wood fuel Survey Module for Incorporation into Existing Household Surveys and Censuses in Developing Countries

Improving the Methodology for Using Administrative Data in an Agricultural Statistic System

Improving Methods for Estimating Livestock Production and Productivity - Methodological Report

Improving Methods for Estimating Livestock Production and Productivity - Literature Review

A Literature Review on Frameworks and Methods for Measuring and Monitoring Sustainable Agriculture

Methodology for Estimation of Crop Area and Crop Yield under Mixed and Continuous Cropping

A Review of Literature Related to Master Sampling Frames for Fisheries and Aquaculture Surveys

Master Sampling Frames for Agriculture - Supplement on selected country experiences

Productivity and Efficiency Measurement in Agriculture - Literature Review and Gaps Analysis

The Social Dimension of Rural Statistics

A Minimum Set of Environmental Indicators for Improving Rural Statistics

Literature Review Report and Proposal for an International Framework for Farm Typologies

Information on Land in the Context of Agricultural Statistics

National Statistics Related to Woodfuel and International recommendations

Agricultural Cost of Production - Country field test and Desk-study reports

Sex-Disaggregated Data and Gender Indicators in Agriculture- A Review of data Gaps and Good Practices

Improving methods for using existing land cover databases and classification methods - A literature review

Linking Area and List Frames in Agricultural Surveys

Measuring vegetable crops area and production: Technical report on a pilot survey in two districts of Ghana- Final report

Field Test Report on the Estimation of Crop Yields and Post-Harvest Losses in Ghana

Measuring inadequate employment in Kenya: Field test report for  Decent Work within an agricultural context in developing countries