Global Strategy to Improve Agricultural and Rural Statistics


Following an in-depth needs analysis through bilateral consultations organized between FAO and Nigeria’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 Nigeria 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;
  • 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;
  • INDICATORS: Support in computing timely and reliable CAADP indicators;
  • Food Balance Sheets: Support in compiling national food balance sheets (FBS).
News from Nigeria

The Global Strategy to Improve Agricultural and Rural Statistics (GSARS) successfully conducted a workshop in Abuja from April 16 to 18, 2024, focusing on the methodological presentation of CAADP indicators, gap analysis of national data sets, and hands-on sessions for indicators computation. This workshop aimed to address the challenges associated with the calculation of Comprehensive Africa Agriculture Development Programme (CAADP) indicators, which are essential for supporting evidence-based decision-making and investments in agricultural development. 

The Global Strategy to Improve Agricultural and Rural Statistics-Phase II (GSARS-II) has achieved a significant milestone with the finalization of the Food Balance Sheets (FBS) package, which represents a tremendous step forward in enhancing agricultural data systems across Nigeria, Mali, Comoros, and Zimbabwe. 

Under the frame of the Global Strategy to Improve Agricultural and Rural Statistics (GSARS) program, Nigeria held a training for the compilation and analysis of the national food balance sheets (FBS) from 19th to 28th of October, 2022.

The Global Strategy to improve Agricultural and Rural Statistics is a long-term coordinated initiative to address the decline in the agricultural statistical systems in developing countries and enable the production of more and better agricultural statistics. Following the first phase, which has ...
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