AfricaRice and FAO are helping national authorities of Côte d’Ivoire to improve rice statistics for food security. As part of this, a national stakeholder workshop was organized on 13 July 2014 in Abidjan.
During the workshop, different survey methods for rice statistics were discussed in order to improve the data collection methods. The workshop was attended by representative of various national and international organizations.
The national organizations included the National Rice Development Office (ONDR); the National Statistics Institute (INS); Department of Statistics, Documentation and Information (DSDI) in the Ministry of Agriculture; the National Higher School of Statistics and Applied Economics (ENSEA); the Inter-professional Fund for Agricultural Research and Advice (FIRCA); and the National Center of Agricultural Research (CNRA). The international organizations included the World Bank, FAO and AfricaRice.
Following the national stakeholders’ workshop, a training course on new methods for rice statistics survey was organized on 14 July 2016. It was attended by 20 statisticians and researchers.
The training enabled the participants to learn about two new survey methods, namely dot sampling method and list frame method with actual measurement. These two methods will be pilot-tested in Gagnoa Rice Sector Development Hub with financial support from the West African Economic and Monetary Union (UEMOA) through AfricaRice and from Japan through FAO.