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NATIONAL FOOD AND AGRICULTURAL STATISTICAL SYSTEMS

Statistical Metadata Survey Questionnaire


Country Name:
Objective of the Survey
The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) is a provider of global assessments and analyses of the food and agricultural situation to the world community. By collecting information on relevant metadata on national food and agricultural statistical systems, the present survey is aimed at supporting efforts of member countries to improve quality and coverage of data. The results of this survey will be useful in designing cooperation programmes and constitute an advocacy tool for national statistical offices.

Guidelines for Completing the Questionnaire


The present questionnaire would ideally be completed by a small working group composed of the Head of the National Statistics Office and the Head of the Agricultural Statistics Office. For the purpose of the present survey the term food and agricultural statistics (or agricultural statistics) is defined to include statistics in the following areas including derived statistics/indicators: Area and production of crops Livestock number and production Trade in agricultural, livestock, fishery, forestry and food products Fisheries statistics Forestry (including non-wood products) statistics Production and consumption of food Agricultural inputs (machinery, seed, feed, fertilizers and pesticides) and cost of production Agricultural / Trade prices Labor force participating in agricultural activities National account statistics relating to agriculture Rural development Rural income

Country and Date


Country name: Date :

Respondent Details (from the National Statistical Office)


Family name: First name: Institution: Title: E-mail: Telephone:

Respondent Details (from the National Office of Agricultural Statistics)


Family name: First name: Institution: Title: E-mail: Telephone:

List of Abbreviations
List below the abbreviations used in the questionnaire

Part 1: The Organization of the Food and Agricultural Statistical System


1.1 Legal Framework
Yes Is there a legal framework like a Statistical Act for statistical activities? If Yes: (please attach a copy) Does it cover agricultural statistical activities? Is it fully operational / applied? Is there an active Agricultural Statistics Advisory Committee (or a similar body)? No

1.2 Structure
What is the structure of the statistical system at the national level?
(Tick the right box)

- A system decentralized by sector, with a minimum of co-ordination - A system decentralized by sector, with an active coordinating authority - A system with a major operating office for general statistics and a coordinating authority - A system with only one department responsible for statistics Yes Is there a statistical system at the sub-national level? If Yes: Is the Agricultural Statistical System present at the sub-national level? Name the most important national institutions involved in the production of agricultural statistics (Annex 1 should be filled by each Institution listed) - Institution 1: - Institution 2: - Institution 3: - Institution 4: - Institution 5: - Institution 6: - Institution 7: - Institution 8: - Institution 9: - Institution 10: No

1.3 Strategic Framework


Yes Is there a national strategy for agricultural statistics? If Yes: - Is it applied / operational? - Does it include a programme of activities for agricultural statistics? - Is part of a broader national strategy for the development of statistics? No

1.4 Dialogue with Data Users


Yes Is there an active official forum or Statistics Society for dialogue between agricultural statistics producers and users? If Yes: Are the following users member in this forum? Yes - State planning organizations (including concerned Ministries) - Chamber of commerce - Central bank - Ministry of Finance - Representatives of academic environment - Private sector representatives - Socio-professional representatives - Media - Partners (Donors, International Technical Agencies, NGOs) No No

1.5 International / Regional Integration


Yes Does your country collaborate with an international / regional institute in the field of agricultural statistics? If Yes: give its name: No

Part 2: The Output of the Food and Agricultural Statistical System


2.1 International Classifications Adopted by the Country
Not adopted Adopted (specify version and up-towhat digit level adopted) If there is a national version

- ISIC (International Standard Industrial Classification) - CPC (Central Product Classification) - SITC (Standard International Trade Classification) - HS (Harmonized System Classification)

2.2 Availability and Coverage of Agricultural Statistics


Use the following codes for answering:

COL.1 Period: give the most recent year/quarter/month/week for which data are available to users. COL.2 Source of data: specify the main source of data: survey/census, estimation or administrative record. COL.3 Geographical coverage: national only, national and sub-national, or partial coverage of the country. COL.4 Responsible agency for data dissemination: use a short name in reference to the above 1.2. Structure. COL.1 COL.2 Source of Data ____ ____ ____ ____ ____ ____ COL.3 Geographical Coverage ____ ____ ____ ____ ____ ____ COL.4 Responsible Agency

Statistical Domain PRODUCTION STATISTICS Crop production: quantity Crop production: value Harvested area Yield per hectare Livestock production: quantity Livestock production: value

Period ____ ____ ____ ____ ____ ____

COL.1 Statistical Domain TRADE STATISTICS Agric. export: quantity Agric. export: value Agric. import: quantity Agric. import: value PRICE STATISTICS Producer prices Agric. input prices Agric. export prices Agric. import prices Quantity Calories Proteins Fats Land use Irrigation Rural population Active population (in agriculture) Labor force (in agriculture) Machinery Fertilizers ____ ____ ____ ____ ____ ____ ____ ____ ____ ____ ____ ____ ____ ____ ____ ____ ____ ____ ____ Year

COL.2 Source of Data ____ ____ ____ ____ ____ ____ ____ ____ ____ ____ ____ ____ ____ ____ ____ ____ ____ ____ ____ ____ ____ ____ ____

COL.3 Geographical Coverage


Not Applicable Not Applicable Not Applicable Not Applicable

COL.4 Responsible Agency

____ ____ ____ ____ ____ ____ ____ ____ ____ ____ ____ ____ ____ ____ ____ ____ ____ ____ ____

FOOD CONSUMPTION STATISTICS

RESOURCES STATISTICS (INPUT STATISTICS)

Pesticides, Insecticides, ____ Herbicides RURAL SERVICES STATISTICS Rural Infrastructure Rural Employment Agricultural Credit ____ ____ ____

2.3 Availability of Statistics and Indicators


INDICATOR Agricultural GDP Rural income Agriculture terms of trade Index of agricultural producer prices Index of agricultural input prices Agri-environmental indicators Food balance sheets Compilation Yes No FIRST year for which data are available LATEST year for which data are available

2.4 National Account Statistics


Yes Has the country adopted SNA93? Name of the responsible Institution: Most recent year for which data are available: Does the country compile Economic Accounts for Agriculture? No

Annex 1: Institutions involved in the production of agricultural statistics Country Name:


(To be filled by the Head of each Institution listed in above 1.2)

Institutions Details
Name of the institution: Name of the Head of the institution: - Tel: - Email: - Address:

Activities of the Institution


Role of the institution: The roles may be: survey design, field work, data processing, publication or maintenance of datawarehouse, data dissemination etc... Areas / domains of activities (the areas listed on the first page maybe used as reference) Hierarchical links with other institutions involved in (agricultural) statistics: Does the institution have an annual work plan and a mid-term strategy? Yes No Does the institution conduct surveys / censuses? Yes Please provide details through Annex 2 No

Funding of the Institution


Give budget estimates for agricultural statistics activities ONLY, for the latest year available. - Year: Currency: - Annual budget from national sources:

- Of which, annual budget for staff: - Of which, annual budget for non-staff: - Additional external funding:

Staffing of the Institution


Give the approximate current number of staff in agricultural statistics activities ONLY Professional* Staff: - Headquarters: - Regional/local offices: Support** Staff: - Headquarters: - Regional/local offices:

*: Professional staff refers to statisticians, informaticians, etc with university degrees **: Support staff refers to administrative or technical support staff

Existence of a regular training programme for staff: Yes: annual budget: No

Information Technology
Existence of a website Yes, specify URL No Existence of a database Yes, with on-line access: specify URL Yes, without on-line access No Number of PCs owned and in use - Headquarters: - Regional/local offices:

International Cooperation and External Assistance (Given and Received)


Visit by long term experts/consultants (> 3 months) in the past 12 months Yes No Technical assistance projects in the past 12 months Yes, please specify subject / title: total budget: partner / donor: No Existence of a partnership with a similar institution abroad Yes, specify with which institution / country: No Has any staff been on training or study tour abroad during the past 12 months? Yes, specify with which institution / country: No Has any staff been employed as international consultant/expert during the past 12 months? Yes, specify with which institution / country: No

Best Practices and Emerging Issues


List the experiences your Institution would like to share as good practices in agricultural statistics: List the emerging issues your Institution would like FAO to consider in future work programmes: - For training: - For workshops: - For methodological publications:

Annex 2: Main National Food and Agricultural surveys and Censuses


(To be filled for each main survey, by the responsible Officer)

Country Name:
Respondents Name: Respondents email: Institution:

Characteristics of the Survey/Census


Title of the survey/census: Objective: Name of the responsible Institution: Reference period (for the latest survey): Is it conducted on a REGULAR or AD-HOC basis? If REGULAR, specify frequency: Yes Did you receive an external financial support? Did you receive an external technical support? Was there an adequate legal framework? URL for more information on the survey: Main data items covered: Were administrative records used in planning the survey or for collecting data? If yes how? No

Methodology of Data Collection


Coverage: - Statistical units used (list and definitions) - Geographical coverage: - Data collected:

Is it based on COMPLETE enumeration, SAMPLE survey, or a combination of BOTH? -------If SAMPLE or BOTH: - Describe the sampling frame: - Give the age of the sampling list: - Give a brief description of the sampling procedure (including: sampling scheme, primary/ secondary/tertiary sampling units, sampling fractions, other specifications) Data collection methods - Personal Interviews (face to face) Yes No - Physical measurement Yes No - Mailed Questionnaire mailed Yes No - Telephone Interview Yes No - Mixture of administrative record and personal interviews - Others International classification used:

Yes

No

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Describe the quality controls and other key elements for data collection:

Data Processing
Scanning with Scanning with mark recognition character recognition Other, specify (e.g. computer assisted personal interview (CAPI)): Describe the quality controls for data processing: Other key elements on data processing: Type of data entry: Manual

Data Dissemination
Are the results (of the last survey) available to the users? Yes No How are the survey results disseminated? Hard copy publication CD-ROM Other key elements on data dissemination: On-line database specify URL:

Elements of Data Quality


Are the non-sampling errors monitored? Yes, specify how: No Whereas applicable, are the coefficients of variation (CV) of the estimates available? Yes No Describe other elements for assessment of data quality

Population Census
Yes Has your country conducted a population census so far? If yes: - Year for the latest census: - Give the name of the responsible Institution: - Are the results available to users? - Did the questionnaire include any questions on agriculture? Is your country planning another population census in the next 3 years? If yes: - When will it be conducted? No

Household Income and Expenditure Survey


Yes Does the country conduct household income and expenditure survey? If yes: - Year for the latest survey: - Name of the responsible Institution: No

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Annex 3: Main Administrative Sources for Food and Agricultural Data


(To be filled for each main source by the responsible Officer)

Country Name:
Respondents Name: Respondents email: Institution:

Characteristics of Data Produced


Statistical domain and data items: Name of the responsible Institution: Reference period (for the latest data): Frequency

Brief Description of Methodology Used for Collecting/Compiling Data


Coverage: - Statistical units used (list and definitions) - Geographical coverage: - Data collected: International classification used: Primary data sources and collection/compilation methods: Estimation and imputation methods: Quality controls and evaluation and other key elements for data collection/compilation:

Data Processing
Type of data entry: Manual Scanning with Scanning with mark recognition character recognition Describe the quality controls for data processing: Other key elements on data processing: Other, specify:

Data Dissemination
Are the latest data available to the users? Yes No How are the data disseminated? Hard copy publication CD-ROM

On-line database specify URL:

Elements of Data quality


Internal consistency checks, comparing recent data with past years, comparing with of external sources, etc... Other key elements on data dissemination:

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