Media Brief for March 4th, 2011 meeting



Press Brief


FAO Technical Working Group Workshop in Machakos, 4th March, 2011

The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO)of the United Nations' Country STAT Kenya Technical Working Group(TWG) committee met in Machakos to review the achievements made since the programme was launches two and a half years ago.

The committee also resolved to hold a 2nd training for its TWG and the field data producers during the first week of next month so as to sensitize them on how to access FAO DATA on the website.

According to the Country STAT Kenya National Coordinator, Mr. Abner Ingosi, the one day workshop was meant to also set the calendar of events this year, discuss pending activities for the phase 1, new features and improvements of the Data Quality and metadata Quality standards and provide the way forward.

Mr. Ingosi commended the participants for embracing the FAO's new method of collecting data and disseminating them whenever needed.

Kenya National Bureau of Statistics Director, Mr. James Katungu challenged stakeholders in the Country STAT to ensure they collected reliable, accurate data from the agriculture sector, to enable planners come up with effective ways of fighting food insecurity and starvation in the country and FAO member countries.

He announced that KNBS will in future include livestock module in their census so as to capture the true number of livestock, birds and poultry in the country.

"The new mandate of KNBS is to harmonize the various bodies, Country STAT included, on data management, he stressed.

He added that the ministry of agriculture should be able to monitor the supply of grains and food stuffs, and be able to collect accurate data, in a bid to curb the ever-increasing prices of cereals, and basic food commodities.

CountrySTAT is statistical framework and applied information system for analysis and policy making designed in order to organize, integrate and disseminate statistical data and metadata on food and agriculture coming from different sources.

The CountrySTAT gathers and harmonizes scattered institutional statistical information so that information tables become compatible with each other at the country level and with data at international level.

Participants were drawn from FAO Country office, ministries of agriculture, Livestock Development, and Forestry& Department of statistics