FAO and Italy support agricultural statistics production in Mozambique

1 March 2010

Maputo, Mozambique, 1 March – The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) and the Italian government Monday in Maputo are due to make official their support for statistical production in Mozambique, particularly agricultural statistics, Mozambican newspaper Notícias reported.

The daily said that no figures were given for the deal with the National Statistics Institute (INE) but noted that the INE was focused on carrying out the agri-livestock census which includes gathering, processing and publishing statistical data on the agricultural sector.

INE sources cited by the paper said that the agri-livestock census would provide reference data on which to judge the success of government development policies and programmes and to diagnose existing constraints on the agricultural sector.

The results of the census will make it possible to analyse the Millennium Development Goals (MDG) more efficiently and provide the private sector, including agri-livestock producers with a capacity to make business decisions.
It will also make it possible to find out more about the structure of the agri-livestock sector, specifically the number of agri-livestock units, type, geographical distribution, type of property, land use, possession and use of production methods and technology employed on a national, provincial and district level. (macauhub)