Statistical Capacity Development


One of the key missions of FAO is to support member countries develop the capacity of their statistical systems and enable them to collect, analyze, disseminate and use relevant, reliable and timely data. By strengthening countries’ capacity in this area, FAO contributes to make available key analytical and decision-making support tools for national, regional and global evidence-based actions.

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How can national governments request capacity development assistance?

National governments should discuss on an ongoing basis their statistical capacity development needs and priorities directly with their FAO country office. These needs and priorities will usually be reflected in the Country programming framework (CPF) and support will be planned in consultation with the relevant technical units and regional or sub-regional statisticians. If assistance requests are raised, the FAO country office will contact the relevant technical divisions and regional or sub-regional statisticians to analyze how the support can be provided.

FAO statistical capacity development activities are funded through:

- Technical Cooperation Programme (TCP)

- Regular programme funds allocated to technical divisions

- Extra-budgetary programmes that support statistical development.

For specific information and inquiries on FAO capacity development programmes, national governments are also encouraged to contact these programmes directly. 

Statistical capacity development programmes

Damage and loss from extreme events in agriculture

FAO provides capacity development activities targeting policy makers and statisticians on the FAO Damage and Loss methodology. The methodology, developed by FAO, helps countries in generating precise and holistic data for the agricultural sector, provides support for the development of national Disaster Risk Reduction/Management and resilience policy and planning and helps monitoring the achievement of global targets.

Capacity development activities include technical support to countries for building national-level information systems on disaster impact in agriculture.

For more information and general inquiries, contact: [email protected].