Meeting Announcement for the ISI Committee on Agricultural Statistics
58th World Statistics Conference
August 24, 2011
The ISI Committee on Agricultural Statistics will meet during the Dublin World Congress on August 24, 2011 from 13:30 to 15:00. Much has happened since the very successful International Conference on Agricultural Statistics held in Kampala in October 2010. A main focus of that conference was to discuss the many aspects of the Global Strategy to Improve Agricultural Statistics, and especially the way forward to its implementation.
The purpose of this note is to provide the agenda for the Committee meeting during the ISI Congress. The Committee meeting is open to all registered participants to the 58th World Statistics Conference who have an interest in Agricultural Statistics. The Committee meeting will contain three main elements.
1. Provide an open forum to discuss the status of the development of the implementation plan for the Global Strategy to Improve Agricultural Statistics that was published in 2010 jointly by the World Bank and the FAO after extensive consultations with national, regional, and international stakeholders. The FAO and African Development Bank representatives will each provide an overview of steps they have taken to develop global and regional implementation plans, respectively. A World Bank representative will provide the status of fund raising efforts to support the implementation of the Global Strategy. The World Bank will also report on research activities related to agricultural statistics connected to the Living Standards Measurement Study.
2. Begin the discussion about the timing and venue for the next International Conference on Agricultural Statistics (ICAS-VI) which will be led by the chair of the UN Friends of Chair working group formed to develop the Global Strategy. It will also be important to name the program and organizing committees.
3. Discuss the future role of the ISI Committee on Agricultural Statistics. Both the current ISI President, Jef Teugels and President Elect, Jae C. Lee are pleased with what the Committee has accomplished and feel its future role needs to be considered to broaden the ISI membership to better include those interested in agricultural statistics. This was the original goal of the Committee, and it provided a forum for those interested in agricultural statistics through the ICAS conferences held separately from the World Congresses. Another original goal of the Committee was to reach section status within the ISI. This did not happen, mainly because so many of the issues it faces overlap those of other sections, especially the International Association of Official Statistics (IAOS) and the International Association of Survey Statisticians (IASS.) Please offer your thoughts about whether the Committee continues as it has or should it become more formalized by becoming a part of an existing section, or become a separate section?
The Committee meeting on Aug 24, 2011 will be open to anyone registered for the ISI Congress, so please share this note with interested colleagues. In addition, provide your input and suggestions about the three topics described above. For more information, please contact:
Fred Vogel (
Pietro Gennari (:
1. Fred Vogel : Introductions and overview of the purpose of the meeting
2. Status of the Implementation of the Global Strategy
a. Naman Keita: Food and Agricultural Organization
b. Oliver Chinganya: African Development Bank
c. Misha Belkindas: The World Bank
3. Gero Carletto: Research on Agricultural Statistics in Living Standards Measurement Study
4. Eduardo Nunes: Chair of the UNSC Friends of Chair Working Group. Suggestions for the 6th international conference on agricultural statistics (ICAS-VI)
5. Fred Vogel and Alicia Carriquiry, ISI: Future role of the Committee on Agricultural Statistics