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

Agricultural Integrated Surveys Programme (AGRISurvey)

FAO AGRISurvey programme promotes and supports the collection, dissemination and use of sound, harmonized, timely and regular data on agriculture based on a farm-based multi-year survey programme model.

Support can be provided through regional and national-level capacity development activities in the following areas:

  • technical assistance on statistical literacy and on evidence-based policy design;
  • trainings on the AGRISurvey methodology, sampling design, data analysis and interpretation, microdata curation and data dissemination;
  • trainings on the use of advance technologies for data collection and management and support to shift from paper questionnaire to a Computer Assisted Personal Interviewing (CAPI) system.

For more information and general inquiries, contact [email protected] with copy to Christophe Duhamel, Project Manager.