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FAO to Conduct Agricultural Censuses in Asia to Help Achieve SDGs

September 21, 2016

Twenty-one Asian countries participated in a roundtable discussion in the conduct of agricultural censuses in the region to know the real picture of food security, poverty, and climate change and meet the zero hunger target by 2030. The discussion was held on September 19, 2016 in Bangkok, Thailand. 

The census, which is conducted every ten years, provides a vital snapshot of the current state of agriculture, and is crucial to analyze its sustainability and potential productivity. The timing is very important because the findings of these censuses will be used in providing a baseline in monitoring progress toward achieving the world's Strategic Development Goals (SDGs), particularly SDG 2, the goal to achieve zero hunger by 2030. 

"The statistics we accrue through this fundamental exercise can serve as building blocks to successful and sustainable agricultural policies and actions for countries, in addition to being a basis for designing other surveys which allow us to more frequently assess its status," said Mukesh Srivastava, Senior Statistician at the UN's Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific. "As Asia strives to implement new and progressive policies and the use of new technologies to help feed and improve the livelihoods of its growing population, this meeting will help our member countries' efforts to modernize agricultural production and ensure it meets growing demand, both in the region and worldwide," Srivastava added.

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