Need for accurate agriculture statistic
Obtaining more accurate agricultural Statistics in Asia and Pacific has been a major challenge faced by the Food and Agriculture Origination of the United Nations. The accurate Statistics will help the region meet the future food security targets in the regions.
In order to address the issue the 26th Session of Asia Pacific Commission for Agriculture and Rural Statistics ( APCAS) co-organized by the Food and Agriculture Organization ( FAO) which was hosted by Ministry of Agriculture and Forests with delegates drawn from some 20 countries and sub-regional organizations was being held in Thimphu last week.
As agriculture becomes more important to meeting the food security challenges of growing and rapidly developing Asia and the Pacific, the need for improvements to its system of collecting agricultural statistics is critical. The participants deliberated on the challenges of meeting the information needs for the agriculture sector for better monitoring and respond to patterns of hunger, food insecurity and malnutrition while highlighting new methodologies and initiatives that will help them achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
To achieve its Sustainable Development Goals in Asia and the Pacific, the region improved systems of agricultural statistics is needed.
The Global Strategy to improve Agricultural and Rural Statistics (GSARS) is an ambitious five- year programme implemented by FAO in the collaboration with other partners that seeks to empower developing countries to produce better agricultural and rural statistics for effective policy making and to improve lives.
GSARS is currently being implemented in 15 countries in Asia and Pacific to produce a Strategic Plan for Agricultural and Rural Statistics that will assist in building national capacities to produce core data for monitoring the SDGs and for better development planning.
The partner countries of GSARS, has prepared a strategic Plan for SPRNRS which was presented to the meeting for obtaining valuable feedback. SPARS outline has reached advanced stage in seven countries.
The Asia Pacific Commission on Agricultural Statistics (APCAS) is a statutory body of FAO with a mandate to review the state of food and agricultural statistics in the region and advise member countries on their development and standardization within the general frame work of FAO’s statistics work.
Agricultural statistics is vital for monitoring progress towards the UN Sustainable Development Goals and we can only know where we stand in providing food security through sustainable agricultural production and adaption to climate change.
In Bhutan the need for agricultural statistics is more important as we import most of our food items and vegetables. In order to make our country self sufficient in food and vegetables we must have accurate agricultural statistics to achieve the target in a phase wise basis as going self sufficient in one go is not possible.