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13 Pacific Island Countries Gather For Workshop

13 Pacific Island Countries Gather For Workshop
Participants of the Strategic Planning for Agriculture and Fisheries Statistics for Pacific Island countries workshop in Nadi yesterday with the Minister of Agriculture, Rural Development and National Disaster Management Inia Seruiratu and European Union Ambassador Andrew Jacobs. Photo: Waisea Nasokia
October 06
09:27 2015

Statistics are not useful unless they are used by the key stakeholders in our countries says Agriculture, Rural Development and National Disaster Management Minister Inia Seruiratu.

He said: “Statistics must therefore be aligned with our national priorities and emphasis placed on making the insights they reveal accessible to non-specialist audiences.”

These comments were made at the opening of the Strategic Planning for Agriculture and Fisheries Statistics for Pacific Island countries workshop in Nadi yesterday.

The workshop is a weeklong event and is catering for planners, statisticians and policy makers from thirteen Pacific Island countries.

It is organised by the European Union supported Pacific Agriculture Policy Project (PAPP) which is implemented by the Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC).

 

Purpose

Mr Seruiratu said the workshop serves as a platform to help improve the collection and use of agricultural and fisheries statistics in the Pacific.

He said: “Through the workshop we can learn new methodologies and share lessons learnt on how statistics can be used to support evidence based policy in our agriculture and fishery sectors.

“We also have the opportunity to discuss developing a regional strategy on agriculture and fishery statistics to ensure that we collaborate, share resources and exchange information in a sector that is critical to all of us in the region.”

He added effective use of statistic ensures that support to these sectors is relevant and that they are right policies in place to deliver valuable service to farmers.

 

Potential

European Union Ambassador Andrew Jacobs said strengthening agricultural statistics in the Pacific is challenging given limited resources and informal nature of agriculture.

Mr Jacobs added: “However, I believe this workshop has the potential to make a difference.

“This is by bringing together representatives from both agriculture ministries and statistic offices, which often work in isolation.”

He added strengthening cooperation between both will be key to the development of sustainable statistics and development in the region.

 

Background

The Pacific Agriculture Policy Project (PAPP) is part of the Intra-ACP Agricultural Policy Programme.

This is supported by the European Union and the African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) Group of States, under the Intra-ACP cooperation framework.

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