Conference on Data Quality for International Organizations Rome, Italy, 7 and 8 July 2008

Year published: 12/08/2008

To advocate and facilitate the flow of metadata between national and international statistical

offices, built on FAO’s more than half a century accumulated experiences in the establishment

of metadata of agricultural statistics, in 2006 FAO Statistics Division undertook the initiative

to design and distribute an “Annotated Outline for Preparing Country Report on Metadata for

National Agricultural statistics” to two groups with 16 countries each in two continents of

Asia and the Pacific and the Middle East.

To meet the challenge faced by the management of metadata at the international level, namely

how to design a framework so that it can be used by countries to collect the relevant and

succinct information in a manageable and comparable way, the Outline focuses on three main

areas: (i) the national system of agricultural statistics; (ii) major domains and selected

indicators of agricultural statistics; and (iii) major data sources for agricultural statistics. The

idea is to view the national system of agricultural statistics as a production function and to ask

what inputs, data sources, are used to produce what outputs, domains and indicators. The

framework has since been improved with the benefit of feedbacks from consultation and

discussion with countries through the application of the framework in selected pilot countries