Global Strategy to Improve Agricultural and Rural Statistics


Following an in-depth needs analysis through bilateral consultations organized between FAO and Zimbabwe’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 Zimbabwe with the aim to fill gaps in different levels of technical expertise and capacities.

  • SPARS: Technical support in updating the country SPARS;
  • Scholarship Programme: Participation in the scholarship programme;
  • 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;
  • INDICATORS: Support in computing timely and reliable CAADP indicators.
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. 

From 23 to 31 October 2023, Zimbabwe hosted a hands-on Data Analysis Workshop, significantly advancing its agricultural statistics capabilities. Stella Wambugu and Franck Cachia, expert trainers, led 16 participants from ZIMSTAT and the Ministry of Agriculture in this practical training, which was about more than learning; it was a preparation for a future where data drives excellence in agricultural statistics and policy-making. 

In alignment with the second phase of the Global Strategy for Improving Agricultural and Rural Statistics (GSARS II), Zimbabwe, at its request, has been receiving crucial assistance from the FAO in formulating a Strategic Plan on Agricultural and Rural Statistics (SPARS). This vital process encompasses the development of a roadmap, an in-depth assessment of agricultural and rural statistics, and meticulous action planning. The essence of this initiative was encapsulated in a five-day technical mission aimed at bolstering the roadmap development in the initial phase of the SPARS process. The mission’s primary objectives included a comprehensive review of the available information for the country in close collaboration with the Ministry of Agriculture and other key national stakeholders.
From 18th to 29th September 2023, a training workshop on data processing using advanced statistical software tools was organized by the GSARS-II Global Coordination Office in Harare, Zimbabwe. Led by Michele Rocca, the workshop was designed to provide participants with comprehensive knowledge. The goal of the workshop was to equip participants with skills in survey data analysis, data editing, imputation, and estimation. By the end of the program, attendees were expected to be proficient in generating meaningful statistics pertinent to the agricultural and rural sectors. 

Under the framework of the Global Strategy to improve Agricultural and Rural Statistics,the first module of the TOOLS package was held in Zimbabwe from November 7th to 11th of 2022 in the FAO Office of Harare.

The objective of this training was to amplify the ability of the technical sta...

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