Global Strategy to Improve Agricultural and Rural Statistics


Following an in-depth needs analysis through bilateral consultations organized between FAO and Lesotho’s counterparts responsible for producing and using agricultural statistics, and based on the information collected through a questionnaire prepared by FAO and completed by the national agricultural statistical team, the following activities, planned for the period 2021-2024, are implemented in Lesotho with the aim to fill gaps in different levels of technical expertise and capacities.

  • Scholarship Programme: Participation in the scholarship programme;
  • Basic Training: Basic training in agricultural statistics;
  • AGPROD: Support in preparing survey tools for agricultural production surveys;
  • FARM ECO: Technical assistance in collecting data on and measuring key economic aggregates;
  • TOOLS: Technical assistance on the use of statistical software tools for data processing and analysis;
  • Computer-Assisted Personal Interviewing (CAPI): Training and support to the country in developing, implementing, and maintaining CAPI-based surveys to improve data quality and cost-efficiency of agricultural surveys;
  • DISSEMINATION: Develop awareness on the importance of statistical dissemination policies and build the skills required for data dissemination and preservation programmes.

In the final quarter of 2023, The Global Strategy to Improve Agricultural and Rural Statistics (GSARS) completed an essential capacity-building mission in Lesotho, running from September 18th to October 7th for the field work preparation and the pilot data collection.


In a significant step towards enhancing Lesotho's statistical capabilities, the Lesotho National Statistics Agency (LNSA) recently concluded a crucial workshop under the umbrella of the second phase of the Global Strategy to Improve Agricultural and Rural Statistics (GSARS). Held at the FAO office in Maseru from November 6 to 10, 2023, the training focused on advancing the AGPROD programme with the guidance of expert trainer Abdelkader TALHAOUI. 

In Lesotho, the recent GSARS programme workshop, led by expert Amsata Niang, marked a milestone in advancing data management and dissemination skills, fostering a promising future for data-driven policy making in the region.

As part of the Global Strategy to improve Agricultural and Rural Statistics (GSARS), Lesotho held the first AGPROD technical discussion and training.

The training took place from 13th to 17th March 2023 in Maseru and it was led by Nayo Ankouvi from FAO HQ and opened...


In the framework of the 2nd phase of the Global Strategy to improve agricultural and rural statistics (GSARS) a training was conducted in Lesotho on the computation and interpretation of economic indicators. The training was led by Franck Cachia, International Consultant on agricultural statis...


In Lesotho, the first two TOOLS modules were implemented through intense training from March 6th to 14th of 2023 aimed at providing adequate skills for data processing and analysis with statistical software (SPSS was chosen by the country), focusing particularly on the product...


The first training on the Dissemination of Statistical Data was held in Lesotho from February 11th to 18th of 2023, facilitated by Mr.Michele Rocca, statistician, and expert in data processing and dissemination. The primary objective of the training pr...

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