Kenya adopts FAO warning system

March 11, 2009
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, NAIROBI, Kenya, Mar 11 – A new system of early warning on food security started by the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) has been introduced in Kenya.

The system, known as CountrySTAT, is a national statistical Information system for food and agriculture. The system harmonizes and integrates data on food and agriculture coming from different sources.

The CountrySTAT national co-ordinator, Abner Ingosi, who is also a Deputy Director in the Ministry of Agriculture,  said the objectives and goals of the new system – in conjunction with FAOSTAT – aims to bring about accelerated reduction in hunger and poverty through more productive and sustainable agriculture.

"Through a core data base, policy makers and researchers can group data across thematic areas, such as production, trade and consumption in order to study relationships," he said.

He further pointed out that it also organises complex data in seconds; it is an internet based system and has already been tested and refined by many advanced countries.

The system also builds an effective programme for handling interconnected statistical information and visual indicators on food and agriculture at sub-national, national, and international levels in line with World Food Summit and Millennium Development Goals, especially in the context of reducing extreme poverty and hunger.

CountrySTAT beneficiaries include users of food and agricultural statistics, who will have easy access to standardised, quality statistics.  Producers of food and agricultural statistics can harmonize and smoothly publish their national and sub-national statistics.

Other countries in the Sub-Saharan Africa which have embraced the new system of data management include Ethiopia, Ghana, Malawi, Mozambique, Tanzania, Nigeria, Uganda and Zambia.

Others are Angola, Benin, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Cote d\’Ivoire, Mali Rwanda and Senegal.

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