Agricultural Statistics Capacity Indicators (ASCIs)
This report provides an assessment of African countries’ capacity to produce reliable and timely data to inform the continent’s agricultural development agenda. It highlights those countries that have shown signs of improvement in their capacity to produce relevant agricultural statistics, as well as those exhibiting some weakness. These findings can help to focus attention on the underperformance of individual countries, so that these countries may be targeted for additional assistance where it is most badly needed whether this be on the technical side or financially. It also helps to identify the high-performers so that their best practices may be emulated by those countries showing slower progress.
The country assessments are also the major source of data to inform indicators for the monitoring and evaluation (M&E) system. This system is vital to ensure effective measuring and tracking of the implementation performance of the Action Plan for Africa.
By comparing the statistical capacity indicators of countries for the years 2013 and 2015, it is clear that there has been a general improvement in the agricultural statistical systems in Africa over the past few years as manifested by the overall improved quality and quantity of agricultural data across African countries.