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WHY?

Many countries lack the capacity to provide reliable statistical data on food and agriculture, necessary to monitor national trends.

Following problems restrain the data availability especially in developing countries:

  • Limited staff and capacities for collection, compilation, harmonization, analysis, and dissemination of agricultural statistical data.
  • Lack of adequate technical tools, statistical methodology, and survey framework to support data-production efforts.
  • Insufficient national budgets and funding allocated for agricultural statistics from development partners.
  • Lack of capacity to analyse data in a policy perspective. Significant waste of resources as large amounts of raw data are not properly used.

CountrySTAT is a web-based information system for food and agriculture statistics at regional, national and subnational levels. It is based on the FENIX platform, which uses the same open-source technology of the FAOSTAT family. CountrySTAT‘s objective is to improve access to food and agricultural statistics, which can:

  • Support data analysis and evidence-based decision making
  • Facilitate informed policy making and monitoring with the goal of eradicating extreme poverty and hunger.

The system implements methods and standards to support institutions in data management. CountrySTAT ensures long-term sustainability by developing capacity of regional and national experts. It is owned by the member countries. Competent trainers provide technical support on continuous basis to national and regional institutions.

HOW?

CountrySTAT implements international standards and uses advanced FAOSTAT technology.

  • Its framework allows for gathering data from various sources.
  • CountrySTAT architecture allows for a customizable Content Management System and personalization of the user interface.
  • Data is stored and distributed through FENIX database and XML-based facilities.
WHAT?

Customizable, open-source software for food and agriculture statistics.

  • Easy access to quality statistics on food and agriculture at sub-national, national and regional levels.
  • Maps, tables and charts to include in your reports.
  • Active user community rather than just an application.
  • Exchange of data and metadata.
  • Capacity-development and strengthening of institutional partnerships for ensuring quality of data.
  • Technical assistance from FAO experts.
  • Training on latest technology for data elaboration.
  • An instrument to monitor national and regional food security programs.
  • One platform to access all relevant data on food and agriculture in the country.
  • Comparable data among countries.

Contact CountrySTAT Team in FAO Headquarters


Links to: Brochure - Wiki - CountryProfiles - ESS CountrySTAT

Sierra Leone launches CountrySTAT system

On 13 February 2014 the national CountrySTAT system of Sierra Leone will be officially launched. The event will be held in the premises of the Bintumani Hotel, in Freetown.

Regional Basic Administrator Training for GCC Countries (Gulf Cooperation Council)

National Bureau of Statistics of the United Arab Emirates, in cooperation with the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) will organize the CountrySTAT Regional Training Workshop for the Countries of the Gulf Cooperation Council, to be held in Abu Dhabi, Emirates, from 26 to 30 January 2014.

Official Launch: Global Administrative Unit Layers (GAUL 2014)

The FAO Statistics Division (ESS) has released the 2014 version of the Global Administrative Unit Layers (GAUL) dataset. The GAUL initiative started in 2004 with the objective of creating a mechanism to harmonize administrative units of all countries in the world and providing users with consistent codes and names of these units.
The initiative delivers geospatial layers with the associated coding system potentially on yearly basis. The availability of GAUL facilitates linkage with thematic information. The target beneficiaries are the UN community and other authorized international and national institutions/agencies.
GAUL maintains consistency with the International Boundaries Dataset of the UN Cartographic Section (UNCS), keeps track of the historical changes of the boundaries and takes into account international issues related to unsettled territories.
Because GAUL data is not necessarily validated by authoritative national sources, the dataset is not public, but released to eligible users at login.
GAUL updates are mostly based on the contribution of its users, who share updated information on available administrative boundaries for possible integration with the next release of GAUL.

The dataset is distributed by the FAO Statistics Division (ESS) through the FAO Geonetwork geospatial engine at the following link:
http://www.fao.org/geonetwork

CountrySTAT Consultative Meeting

Back-to-back with the 23rd session of the African Commission on Agriculture Statistics (AFCAS). The Consultative Meeting will present: The main achievements and lessons learned from the CountrySTAT projects.The innovations in the CountrySTAT system using the FENIX platform and future technological developments such as the Open Data Network for sharing Agriculture and Food Security Information and web-based geospatial data management tools, semantic search engines and mobile data collection.Best practices of the CountrySTAT System: Ownership and sustainability, increased data availability/accessibility through the national One-Stop-Centre on Food and Agriculture statistics.Future Vision: Strengthening sustainable development of rural and agricultural statistical information targeting better integration of new scalable information technologies, to support food security and decision-making based on facts.

Regional Basic Administrator Training for ECO Member States

Under the project TCP/INT/3401 "Support for the implementation and development of the CountrySTAT Framework in the Economic Cooperation Organization (ECO) countries", the training provided an opportunity for members of ECO to work together under the direction of the FAO Headquarters based CountrySTAT team with support from the ECO Secretariat.

Regional Basic Administrator Training for SADC Countries

From 23-27 September 2013 the Southern African Development Community (SADC) and the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) will jointly organize a five-day regional CountrySTAT training for SADC member-states in Windhoek, Namibia.

Focus: Better statistics for better decisions

Agricultural development plays an important role in poverty reduction and achieving food security especially in developing countries where three out of four poor people live in rural areas and rely on agriculture for their living. However evidence shows that in many countries there is a lack of trained staff, tools and methodology are often inadequate and funding opportunities insufficient.

Gambia launches CountrySTAT system

CountrySTAT system in Gambia started its activities on data collection and harmonization in 2012. Members of CountrySTAT National Secretariat from Gambia attended CountrySTAT Regional Training in Lusaka in November 2012. They took this knowledge and promptly applied it to organize their first Technical Working Group meeting in December 2012 which was funded by the UNDP. The meeting was very productive and the Secretariat continued their work with the aim to officially launch the system in 2013.

Launching ceremony of the CountrySTAT system in Burundi

The Ministry of Agriculture and the Institute of Statistics and Economic Studies of Burundi will jointly launch the CountrySTAT system of Burundi on 28 June 2013.

CountrySTAT sensitization seminar in Rwanda

The seminar was organized by the Ministry of Agriculture and Animal Resources, in collaboration with the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) with the objective to sensitize national authorities and development partners on the importance of CountrySTAT.

Regional Technical Working Group meeting for EAC member countries

The second meeting of the Regional Technical Working Group (RTWG) Workshop for the Collection and Validation of National Food and Agricultural Data for the member countries of the East African Community (EAC) was held from 12- 14 June 2013 in Mombasa, Kenya.

Regional Technical Working Group meeting for UEMOA countries

The Commission of the West African Economic and Monetary Union (UEMOA) and the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), have organized a Regional Technical Group (RTWG) in Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire for the 8 participating countries of UEMOASTAT / CountrySTAT

Guinea-Bissau launches CountrySTAT for Food and Agricultural Statistics

CountrySTAT Guinea-Bissau is the result of a close collaboration between the West African Economic and Monetary Union (UEMOA) and FAO to improve the quality, accessibility, relevance and reliability of food and agriculture statistics.

Regional advanced administrator training workshop

The Ministry of Agriculture in Cameroon, in collaboration with FAO, will organize a five-day CountrySTAT advanced administrator training workshop for members of the national CountrySTAT teams from francophone countries in Africa and the regional team from the UEMOA.

CountrySTAT advanced administrator training workshop

The Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock in Zambia in collaboration with FAO organized a five-day CountrySTAT advanced administrator training workshop for members of the national CountrySTAT teams from Anglophone countries in Africa and the regional team from the East African Community Headquarters.

Official launch of the CountySTAT System in Niger

The Ministry of Agriculture, in collaboration with the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and the Economic and Monetary Union of West Africa (UEMOA) supports the organization of the official launch of CountrySTAT in Niger on 17 October 2012.

Official launch of the CountySTAT System in Togo

The Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries, in collaboration with the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and the Economic and Monetary Union of West Africa (UEMOA) supports the organization of the official launch of CountrySTAT in Togo on 19 october 2012.

E-Learning


Foundations of CountrySTAT e-learning course

The Foundations of CountrySTAT e-learning course has been designed to train statistical experts, data users and producers, and decision makers, this quality multimedia self-learning facility allows for online learning anytime and anywhere. The comprehensive module includes a number of lessons and assessments using practical examples for the collection, harmonization, standardization, validation, and dissemination of data from the food and agricultural sector.

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  • IFPRI INTERNATIONAL FOOD POLICY RESEARCH INSTITUTE
  • Africa Fertilizer GLOBAL INTERNET FORUM
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News / Events

Sierra Leone launches CountrySTAT system

On 13 February 2014 the national CountrySTAT system of Sierra Leone will be officially launched. The event will be held in the premises of the Bintumani Hotel, in Freetown.

Read More >

26 – 30 January 2014, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

Regional Basic Administrator Training for GCC Countries (Gulf Cooperation Council)

National Bureau of Statistics of the United Arab Emirates, in cooperation with the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) will organize the CountrySTAT Regional Training Workshop for the Countries of the Gulf Cooperation Council, to be held in Abu Dhabi, Emirates, from 26 to 30 January 2014.

Read More >

Official Launch: Global Administrative Unit Layers (GAUL 2014)

The FAO Statistics Division (ESS) has released the 2014 version of the Global Administrative Unit Layers (GAUL) dataset. The GAUL initiative started in 2004 with the objective of creating a mechanism to harmonize administrative units of all countries in the world and providing users with consistent codes and names of these units.
The initiative delivers geospatial layers with the associated coding system potentially on yearly basis. The availability of GAUL facilitates linkage with thematic information. The target beneficiaries are the UN community and other authorized international and national institutions/agencies.
GAUL maintains consistency with the International Boundaries Dataset of the UN Cartographic Section (UNCS), keeps track of the historical changes of the boundaries and takes into account international issues related to unsettled territories.
Because GAUL data is not necessarily validated by authoritative national sources, the dataset is not public, but released to eligible users at login.
GAUL updates are mostly based on the contribution of its users, who share updated information on available administrative boundaries for possible integration with the next release of GAUL.

The dataset is distributed by the FAO Statistics Division (ESS) through the FAO Geonetwork geospatial engine at the following link:
http://www.fao.org/geonetwork

Read More >

1 - 3 December 2013, Casablanca, Morocco

CountrySTAT Consultative Meeting

Back-to-back with the 23rd session of the African Commission on Agriculture Statistics (AFCAS). The Consultative Meeting will present: The main achievements and lessons learned from the CountrySTAT projects.The innovations in the CountrySTAT system using the FENIX platform and future technological developments such as the Open Data Network for sharing Agriculture and Food Security Information and web-based geospatial data management tools, semantic search engines and mobile data collection.Best practices of the CountrySTAT System: Ownership and sustainability, increased data availability/accessibility through the national One-Stop-Centre on Food and Agriculture statistics.Future Vision: Strengthening sustainable development of rural and agricultural statistical information targeting better integration of new scalable information technologies, to support food security and decision-making based on facts.

Read More >

Ankara, Turkey, 21 October - 26 October 2013

Regional Basic Administrator Training for ECO Member States

Under the project TCP/INT/3401 "Support for the implementation and development of the CountrySTAT Framework in the Economic Cooperation Organization (ECO) countries", the training provided an opportunity for members of ECO to work together under the direction of the FAO Headquarters based CountrySTAT team with support from the ECO Secretariat.

Read More >

Windhoek, Namibia, 23 - 27 September 2013

Regional Basic Administrator Training for SADC Countries

From 23-27 September 2013 the Southern African Development Community (SADC) and the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) will jointly organize a five-day regional CountrySTAT training for SADC member-states in Windhoek, Namibia.

Read More >

Focus: Better statistics for better decisions

Agricultural development plays an important role in poverty reduction and achieving food security especially in developing countries where three out of four poor people live in rural areas and rely on agriculture for their living. However evidence shows that in many countries there is a lack of trained staff, tools and methodology are often inadequate and funding opportunities insufficient.

Read More >

8 July 2013, Gambia

Gambia launches CountrySTAT system

CountrySTAT system in Gambia started its activities on data collection and harmonization in 2012. Members of CountrySTAT National Secretariat from Gambia attended CountrySTAT Regional Training in Lusaka in November 2012. They took this knowledge and promptly applied it to organize their first Technical Working Group meeting in December 2012 which was funded by the UNDP. The meeting was very productive and the Secretariat continued their work with the aim to officially launch the system in 2013.

Read More >

Launching ceremony of the CountrySTAT system in Burundi

The Ministry of Agriculture and the Institute of Statistics and Economic Studies of Burundi will jointly launch the CountrySTAT system of Burundi on 28 June 2013.

Read More >

20 June 2013, Kigali, Rwanda

CountrySTAT sensitization seminar in Rwanda

The seminar was organized by the Ministry of Agriculture and Animal Resources, in collaboration with the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) with the objective to sensitize national authorities and development partners on the importance of CountrySTAT.

Read More >

Regional Technical Working Group meeting for EAC member countries

The second meeting of the Regional Technical Working Group (RTWG) Workshop for the Collection and Validation of National Food and Agricultural Data for the member countries of the East African Community (EAC) was held from 12- 14 June 2013 in Mombasa, Kenya.

Read More >

Regional Technical Working Group meeting for UEMOA countries

The Commission of the West African Economic and Monetary Union (UEMOA) and the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), have organized a Regional Technical Group (RTWG) in Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire for the 8 participating countries of UEMOASTAT / CountrySTAT

Read More >

30 May 2013

Guinea-Bissau launches CountrySTAT for Food and Agricultural Statistics

CountrySTAT Guinea-Bissau is the result of a close collaboration between the West African Economic and Monetary Union (UEMOA) and FAO to improve the quality, accessibility, relevance and reliability of food and agriculture statistics.

Read More >

Cameroon, Douala

Regional advanced administrator training workshop

3-7 December 2012

The Ministry of Agriculture in Cameroon, in collaboration with FAO, will organize a five-day CountrySTAT advanced administrator training workshop for members of the national CountrySTAT teams from francophone countries in Africa and the regional team from the UEMOA.

Read More >

Lusaka, Zambia

CountrySTAT advanced administrator training workshop

12-16 November 2012

The Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock in Zambia in collaboration with FAO organized a five-day CountrySTAT advanced administrator training workshop for members of the national CountrySTAT teams from Anglophone countries in Africa and the regional team from the East African Community Headquarters.

Read More >

Niamey (Niger)

Official launch of the CountySTAT System in Niger

17 October 2012

The Ministry of Agriculture, in collaboration with the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and the Economic and Monetary Union of West Africa (UEMOA) supports the organization of the official launch of CountrySTAT in Niger on 17 October 2012.

Lomé (Togo)

Official launch of the CountySTAT System in Togo

19 October 2012

The Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries, in collaboration with the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and the Economic and Monetary Union of West Africa (UEMOA) supports the organization of the official launch of CountrySTAT in Togo on 19 october 2012.