In collaboration with the Global Strategy to improve Agricultural and Rural Statistics (GSARS) programme implemented by FAO and its key partner UNECA., ENSEA is hosting a training aimed at developing data producers’ skills in agricultural statistics to the benefit of 36 participants from 18 African countries.  

The 10-day training is taking place from 8 to 18 November in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire and will culminate with the involvement of participants in the celebrations planned for African Statistics Day which coincides with the last day of course.

This training, made possible by the financial contribution of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and the European Union, was developed jointly by GSARS and UNECA to address a fundamental need to build the knowledge and skills of individuals involved in the agricultural data production process. The focus is on encouraging the optimal use of resources and tools to produce, manage, analyze and disseminate agricultural statistics and the application of innovative methods developed in the framework of the GSARS programme.

The training covers the main concepts and definitions in agricultural statistics, the survey cycle, including development of a survey project, preparation of instruments, data collection, data editing, cleaning and imputation, data management and preservation, tabulation and gender-relevant statistics. 

Participating countries are: Angola, Burkina Faso, Benin, Sierra Leone, Madagascar, Burundi, DR Congo, Guinea Bissau, Lesotho, Comoros, Liberia, Guinea, Mali, Niger, Togo, Mozambique and Côte d’Ivoire. 

Visit the GSARS official website for more information on how it’s working to:

  • Support strategic planning of agricultural statistics,
  • Develop skills for sustainable national statistical systems
  • Build capacities in the application of innovative statistical tools and
  • Unlock data-based knowledge through analysis and dissemination of data.

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