Global Strategy to Improve Agricultural and Rural Statistics

Sadie S

The Global Strategy is a comprehensive framework for improving the availability and use of agricultural and rural data, necessary for evidence-based decision making and for national MRV.  This Strategy is based on three pillars:

  1. The establishment of a minimum set of core data that countries will collect to meet current and emerging demands.
  2. The integration of agriculture into national statistical systems in order to satisfy the demands of policy makers and other users who rely on comparable data across locations and over time. The integration will be achieved by implementing a set of methodologies that includes the development of a master sample frame for agriculture, the implementation of an integrated survey framework, and with results available in a data management system.
  3. The foundation that will provide the sustainability of the agricultural statistics system through governance and statistical capacity building.

FAO, World Bank, UN Statistical Commission


The Global Office of the Global Strategy to Improve Agricultural and Rural Statistics (GSARS) is hosted by the FAO’s Statistics Division (ESS) in Rom

The Strategy was published by the World Bank, Washington D.C.