“Don’t Divert Funds For Agric Project”

Mr Kofi Humado,Minister of Food and Agriculture (5)The National Strategy Coordinator of Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO), Sidney Addo, has urged governments of developing countries not to divert funds meant for statistical activities on agriculture.

He explained that the funds would provide the framework for a statistical system to guide them apply basic data and information needed to guide decision making.

Mr. Addo made the call at an advocacy workshop on agricultural statistics system report and medium action plan in Koforidua.

It was to sensitize, and solicit financial and technical support from government and other key stakeholders in the agricultural sector to develop statistics.

“Agricultural development is vital to achieving the Millennium Development Goals, particularly those related to poverty, food security, economic sustainability, and contributes to development as a provider of environmental services,” he said.

Mr. Addo lamented that many countries, especially the developing world, lacked capacity to produce and report the minimum set of agricultural data necessary to monitor national trends to inform the international development debate.

He noted that a “global strategy” for improving agricultural and rural statistics had been developed by FAO, in collaboration with the World Bank, Regional Development Banks and the Regional Commissions of the United Nations which was endorsed in February 2010, by the United Nations Statistical Commission to respond to the declining quantity and quality of agricultural statistics in developing countries.

“The assessment of anchor country agricultural statistical systems supported the implementation of the global strategy and its action plan for Africa in seven countries, namely Ghana, Mali, Nigeria, Uganda, Tanzania, Ethiopia and Burkina Faso,” he said.

Dr. Lamourdia Thiombiano, FAO representative in Ghana, in a speech read on her behalf, noted that agricultural and rural statistics were crucial for individual countries and regional institutions to support decision making so that the potential of agriculture and rural development could be optimally expressed to increase welfare of the citizenry.

She, however, indicated that improving agricultural statistics in developing countries was very important as it would not only contribute to the provision of relevant, timely and reliable data for policy but also as a planning and monitoring tool for governments and other development actors. From: Alberta Sarpong, Koforidua

 

 

From: Alberta Sarpong, Koforidua

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