16th July 2019: RNR Statistics Division, Directorate Services, Ministry of Agriculture and Forests in collaboration with FAO UN is organizing National Training Workshop on compilation and validation of Supply Utilization Account (SUA)/Food Balance Sheet (FBS) of Bhutan. The training is being conducted at Institute of Management Studies Limited, Serbithang, Thimphu, from 16th to 19th July 2019 as part of FAO’s Regional Project « Strengthening the capacity for monitoring Food Security and Sustainable Agriculture in the context of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) 2 and 12 ». The training aims to build capacity in Bhutan on the compilation as well as validation of SUA/FBS by providing in-depth technical training on revised FBS methodology and tool. Furthermore, the workshop is also important to raise awareness of the potential uses of the FBS and its relevance as a food security policy analysis tool, taking into consideration its link to some of the Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) indicators.
FBS is a national accounting/statistical framework, presenting a comprehensive picture of the pattern of a country’s food supply during a specified reference period. Workshop participants are representing the key institutions, who are expected to significantly contribute to the compilation of SUA/FBS of Bhutan, either as a data provider, data user or compiler. It includes RNR Statistics Division, Department of Agriculture, Department of Agriculture Marketing and Cooperatives, Department of Livestock, ICTD, Department of Revenue and Customs, National Statistical Bureau and Food Corporation of Bhutan Limited. The workshop was opened by Mr. Chadho Tenzin, Asst. FAO-RAP, Bhutan and Mr. Chencho Dukpa, Specialist, DoA, MoAF in the presence of FAO and MoAF colleagues. Dr. Jitendra Singh Tomar from FAO-RAP, Bangkok is facilitating the four-days training workshop.
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