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Improving Statistics for Food Security, Sustainable Agriculture, and Rural Development: An Action Plan for Africa 2011-2015

Organisation: African Development Bank (AfDB), the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (ECA), the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations
Publish Date: May 2011
Country: Africa
Sector: Agriculture
Method: Creating alternatives
Theme: Food
Type: Report
Language: English
Tags: Agriculture, Statistics, Governance mechanisms, Assessments, Technical assistance, Training, Research

Agriculture plays a central and strategic role in Africa’s development. Indeed, it is the key to economic growth, increased incomes, improved living standards, poverty eradication, and enhanced food security. In fact, all the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) have direct or indirect linkages to agriculture. It is for these reasons that in 2003, the African Heads of State and Government adopted an Africa-owned and Africa-led initiative, namely the Comprehensive Africa Agricultural Development Program (CAADP), to assist African countries to revitalize agriculture growth as a strategy to combat poverty and hunger. The importance of the agricultural sector demands that its planning, management, and monitoring be based on sound evidence. This, in turn, requires the sustained availability of comprehensive,
reliable, up-to-date, and consistent statistical data. In addition, these data need to be in a form that renders them intelligible and practicable for a variety of users. Unfortunately, agricultural statistical systems and data are in a sorry state in many African countries – the systems are weak,
uncoordinated, insufficiently resourced, and essentially unsustainable. Further, their outputs are substandard in terms of quantity, quality, and dissemination. This is despite a number of statistical initiatives that have been put in place and implemented in Africa over recent years.The situation has been exacerbated by new and pressing data requirements to inform policy on emerging development issues such as food vs. bio-fuels, climate change and global warming, environment, and food security.
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