Monday, 25 October 2010

The Fifth International Conference on Agricultural Statistics (ICAS-V)

12-15 October 2010 in Kampala, Uganda. Hosted by the Uganda Bureau of Statistics and sponsored by the African Development Bank, Eurostat, FAO, ISI, the Islamic Development Bank, UNSD, United States Department of Agriculture and the World Bank, the Fifth International Conference on Agricultural Statistics (ICAS-V) was the fifth in the series of ICAS conferences conducted under the auspices of the ISI Committee on Agricultural Statistics. 

Theme of this year’s conference was “Integrating Agriculture into the National Statistical System”. The theme is the primary pillar of a recent initiative by the international community to assess and improve the quality of agricultural statistics.

The Conference focused on the report by the United Nations Statistical Commission “Global Strategy for Improving Agricultural and Rural Statistics” which was developed during the previous International Conference on Agricultural Statistics in 2007.

ICAS-V brought together statisticians from national statistical offices, ministries of agriculture, academia and researchers, and international organizations. The focus was on:
  • Agriculture Conceptual Framework; 
  • Scope and coverage of agriculture; 
  • Economic and social statistics; Environment statistics; 
  • Use of new technologies and tools in Agriculture Statistics; 
  • Remote sensing and early warning; 
  • Data collection and dissemination; 
  • Global Strategy Components; 
  • Agricultural statistics at country level; 
  • Training; Research; 
  • Technical assistance; 
  • National and International Governance; 
  • Rural and social statistics; 
  • Population and agriculture censuses; 
  • Household and agricultural surveys.

Links to Documents 
Conference Brochure : EN FR - SP
Conference Programme : EN - FR
Detailed Conference Programme : EN


The East African Community and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations are conducting a five-day regional training on agricultural statistics in Arusha, Tanzania. The training runs from 8-12 November. The Regional CountrySTAT Training workshop is designed to help countries better understand international standards and to meet the comparability requirements of consistent, updated and high quality data. Reliable food and agricultural statistics are crucial for designing policies to ensure food security. Participants from nine countries in Sub-Saharan Africa, including representatives from four of the five EAC Partner States, will discuss ways of improving the quality of data of the CountrySTAT system, become familiar with new tools developed by the CountrySTAT team at FAO headquarters, and understand processes and share best practices.