The opening of a special cycle to build the capacities of experienced professionals working in the field of agricultural statistics responds to the need to strengthen the human resources capacities of these services. This cycle is part of the implementation of the training component of the Africa Action Plan of the Global Strategy for the Improvement of Agricultural and Rural Statistics, supervised by the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa.

The training, which lasts 10 months (including 3 months of internship), gives rise to the issue of a Certificate in Agricultural Statistics.

The pedagogical forms are adapted to the different disciplines in order to combine theory and practice.

This training is delivered through 4 distinct courses, designed according to the level of student recruitment and the career envisaged at the end of the ENSEA:

  • Senior Statisticians-Economists (ISE) : Baccalaureate degree/12th grade Certificate + 2 years of Advanced Studies, 3-years training ;
  • Senior Statisticians (ITS) : Baccalaureate degree/12th grade Certificate + 2 years of Advanced Studies, 2-years training ;
  • Assistants Statistical Officer (AD) : Baccalaureate degree/12th grade Certificate, 2-years training ;
  • Statistical Officer (AT): Baccalaureate/12th grade level, 1-year training.


The education provided in this field is directed towards learning techniques for collecting and analysing statistical and economic information as well as the processing of information, in the specific field of agricultural statistics. The subjects taught can be grouped into eight (8) Teaching Units:

  • 1st Semester

    • Statistics ;
    • Agricultural statistics ;
    • Sampling ;
    • Practice of agricultural surveys.
  • 2nd semester

    • Processing and valorization of results ;
    • Economic accounts for agriculture ;
    • Livestock and fisheries statistics ;
    • Analysis of the results ;
    • Internship.


Recruitment is organized among the NSIs and agricultural statistical services of the following countries: Côte d’Ivoire, Benin, Togo, Niger, Burkina Faso, Democratic Republic of Congo. A call for applications will be launched in these countries. Applicants will be required to demonstrate two years’ experience in the service and to sign a commitment to remain in the service for two years after the training. The candidates concerned must have at least a Baccaluareate degree/12th Grade Certificate + 4 years of Advanced studies.

A jury composed of ENSEA lecturers will be responsible for selecting the beneficiaries of the training from among the applicants.


The agricultural statistician collects statistical data in the agricultural and agri-food sector, synthesizes them and disseminates them both to the general public (private companies, students, agricultural professionals, etc.) and to institutions and organizations requesting agricultural statistics.

The main activities of the statistician are as follows:

  • Census or sample survey at farm or farmer level ;
  • Data collection through surveys of various suppliers such as provinces, professional organizations (chamber of agriculture, professional associations), various institutions ;
  • Data acquisition ;
  • Synthesis of data under control or sometimes analysed by external service providers;
  • Dissemination of results in various media (paper publications, Internet dissemination, etc.);
  • Ancillary activity: study of specific files according to the urgency of the situation.


Semesters are 12 to 14 weeks long and include lessons and exam session.

A mid-term jury evaluates the students’ results. A first session jury evaluates the students’ results after the two semesters of training.

A remedial session is organised after the jury of the 1st session. A remedial panel reviews the results of this session.

The jury is composed of all the permanent lecturers of ENSEA. Part-time teachers can join in.

The jury has the final say on the results of the TU knowledge tests  or the TU modules in which the student is enrolled for each semester.

Knowledge test

Skills and knowledge acquisition are assessed either by continuous and regular evaluations, or by a final examination, or by both methods combined.

Continuous evaluation assesses students throughout each semester (e. g. Tutorials written or oral tests, presentations). This evaluation method is favoured in the Bachelor’s degree-Master-Doctorate (BMD) reform. It allows students to assess his/her progress in a useful way.

The final exam evaluates the student at the end of the semester. This evaluation takes the form of a written examination.
For each course, knowledge tests are planned. At the end of the course, each lecturer proposes a mark between 0 and 20. The terms of knowledge test specific to each teaching of each module are decided by the Directorate of Studies. These terms concern the nature of the tests (written, oral, continuous evaluation, presentations, memoirs, assignments, group work, duration, documents authorised or not, etc.). The duration of the written tests varies within the limits of 1 hour to 3.30 hours. For professional subjects, the student’s personal work will be evaluated as far as possible.

An examination may consist of only one test per TU.

Students are informed at the time of registration of the form and terms for continuous evaluation and examination. They shall be informed, at least one month in advance, before the start of the first session tests, of the dates of the written tests and the periods of the oral examinations. In the case of close sessions, they are informed at least two weeks before the start of the tests of the remedial session.

Information concerning the dates, times and places of the exams are posted, at least 1 week before the beginning of the session, on the notice board provided for this purpose. This posting serves as a notice to attend the exams. By way of derogation, some tests may be held outside the normal examination periods, taking into account the specific requirements of certain courses of study.

The documents that students are allowed to use during tests and examinations will also be indicated.

No one may benefit from more than two examination or remedial sessions for the same TU.

To benefit from this accommodation, students must provide proof of their membership in one of the categories defined above.

The tests of the 2nd session are not necessarily on the same model as those of the 1st session. The advantage of the continuous evaluation marks can be retained for the final calculation of the 2nd session score.

Conditions for the validation of a Teaching Unit

A TU can bring together different modules. A TU is acquired:

  • When the average of the scores obtained in the different TU modules, calculated on the basis of coefficients proportional to the number of credits allocated to each element, is equal to or higher than the average of 10.
  • By validating the acquired experience or higher education completed in France or abroad

Any acquired TU gives the student the corresponding number of credits. The TUs are definitively acquired and capitalizable as soon as the student has obtained an average of 10 (partial validation).

The student benefits from credits in subjects for which the average is higher than 10 even if the TU is not validated.

One semester credits are obtained:

  • By compiling the credits obtained in each TU of the semester ;
  • By validating the acquired experience or higher education completed in France or abroad ;
  • By validating professional experience.

Conditions for the successful completion of the training year

The average of the end of the first year’s teaching obtained by a student is equal to the average of the semester’s averages, calculated at the end of the 1st session of semester 2. This average is combined with a physical education mark (coefficient 3), a student’s mark of appreciation (coefficient 3) and a penalty for lack of attendance to obtain the annual average.

For physical education and appreciation, only the part of the score between 12 and 20 counts. The physical education grade is assigned and communicated to the students by the Directorate of Studies on the proposal of the Professor of Physical Education. The general assessment score takes into account all the work done during the year, attendance and the student’s general behaviour.

The following penalties are applied at the end of the year on the general average based on the number of hours of unjustified absences:

  • 10 to 19 hours: 0.025 points per hour of absence ;
  • 20 hours and more: 0.05 points per hour of absence.

Any student whose average number of lessons is less than 10 out of 20 is permanently excluded from ENSEA except in cases of force majeure at the discretion of the first session jury.

Any student whose annual average is between 10 and 12 out of 20 is allowed to attend the remedial session to compose in the subjects where he/she has obtained marks of less than 12 out of 20. The list of subjects that may give rise to remedial examinations is left to the discretion of the first session jury. The number of modules that may give rise to remedial examinations may not exceed five.

The remedial jury may decide to repeat students whose annual average recalculated after the remedial session is between 10 and 12. Only TUs that have already been validated can be capitalised. Only one repetition is allowed during the school year.

Obtaining the certificate in agricultural statistics

The Certificate in Agricultural Statistics is an Institution diploma. It is obtained when the annual average is higher than or equal to 12. The validation of this Certificate is subject to the validation of the internship.

The jury of the first session examines the delivery of the Certificate in Agricultural Statistics. He awards a grade based on the annual average of training according to the following scale (marked out of 20):

  • “Fairly good” (score at least equal to 12 and less than 14);
  • “Good” (score at least equal to 14 and less than 16);
  • “Very good” rating (score at least equal to 16).

The remedial jury examines the delivery of the Certificate in Agricultural Statistics. He gives a “Passable” grade to auditors whose annual average recalculated after the remedial session is higher than 12. This average is automatically reduced to 12.

The jury decides on the information specific to the courses to be included in the diploma supplement attached to the Certificate in Agricultural Statistics awarded to the student.

Decisions of the jury are taken by consensus. At the end of the deliberations, the jury draws up the minutes of decisions, signed by the members of the jury. The minutes shall be posted on a notice board.