Paro: Monday, September 2014. Planning and Policy Division, Ministry of Agriculture & Forests and ADB’s regional policy and advisory technical assistance (R-PATA) 8029 is conducting a week long Workshop on Data Documentation and Archiving at Paro from 1 – 5 September 2014.
The workshop was formally opened by Mr. Tshewang Norbu, Resident Representative of Asian Development Bank (ADB), Thimphu. Ms. Gaye Parconand Ms. Shine both Regional Coordinator for Asia and the Pacific, resources persons will be attached at the workshop for a week. The main purpose of the workshop is to improve agricultural and rural statistics for food security which aims to enhance the coverage and quality of agricultural and rural statistics for data intensive analysis and monitoring of policies on food security in the country in order to develop country action plans in support of the Global Strategy to Improve Agricultural and Rural Statistics. R-PATA 8029 is being implemented in five pilot countries – Bhutan, Lao PDR, Maldives, Thailand, and Viet Nam.
In Bhutan, ADB has been collaborating with two major agencies in charge of producing agricultural statistics – the National Statistics Bureau (NSB) and the Ministry of Agriculture and Forests (MoAF). To achieve the first methodological study in Bhutan, ADB has requested Partnership in Statistics for Development in the 21st Century (PARIS21) to conduct a training workshop on the use of the International Household Survey Network (IHSN) Microdata Management Toolkit which can be employed to document the data collection methods that are being used by MoAF to generate agricultural statistics. When all the metadata for the MoAF agricultural data collection system is fully documented, then external experts can review them and work with MoAF staff to improve its data quality and coverage.
The workshop is also intended to support the completion of finalization of the country action plan, train NSB and MoAF staff involved in the production of agricultural statistics and to conduct and dissemination of methodological studies related news and materials used. Two methodological studies were identified during the stakeholders’ consultation that could jumpstart the activities for improving agricultural and rural statistics– (i) documentation of all data collection methods that are being undertaken to compile renewable natural resources (RNR) statistics; and (ii) comparative analysis of urban and rural households using the Bhutan Living Standards Survey (BLSS) and analysis of different data sources in Bhutan. The objectives of the workshop are to expose the participants to relevant international standards and tools for micro data documentation and archiving; to initiate the documentation of one data collection system by each participant; and to discuss strategic and technical issues relating to micro data dissemination. The participants were from National Statics Bureau, Department of Revenue and Custom, (MoF), Department of Health, National Environment Commission and mostly from Ministry of Agriculture & Forests.
Reported by: Karma Tenzin, ICS
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