36951 - The World Census of Agriculture 2010 Programme : a...

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1 The World Census of Agriculture 2010 Programme : a Modular Approach Jack Colwell Hiek Som FAO Statistics Division MEXSAI, November 2004
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2 What is WCA? WCA is a world-wide programme of agricultural censuses promoted by FAO. Over 100 countries participate in the programme. WCA is a ten-yearly programme started in 1930 2000 programme covers 1996-2005 now preparing 2010 programme covering 2006-2015 FAO Role in WCA: Issues guidelines on data items, concepts, classifications, tables, etc. for countries. Provides technical assistance for countries in conducting agricultural censuses. Summarizes census data obtained from countries.
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3 Main aims of an agricultural census To provide data on the structure of agricultural holdings for policy-making and planning. To provide a sampling frame for agricultural surveys. To provide data for small administrative units and other finely classified data such as minor crops. To provide benchmarks to improve current crop and livestock production estimates.
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Issues in past WCA programmes High cost and demands on technical and other resources. How to satisfy demand for more data, such as food security and gender. Complexity of topics such as food security, and difficulties in collecting these in an agricultural census. Need for coordination with population census. Need for integration of agricultural census with current agricultural statistics. Whether agricultural census should cover agricultural holdings or all rural households.
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