GHANA LAUNCHES COUNTRYSTAT

14/11/2012

One More Step in the Fight Against Hunger

 

The Ghana Statistical Service would official launch CountrySTAT Ghana, on 3rd December, 2009. CountrySTAT is a Web-based information system that delivers improved access to better quality statistics on food and agriculture at national and sub-national levels.

 

Developed by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and implemented by the Ghana Statistical Service together with key stakeholder institutions, including:

  • Statistics, Research and Information Directorate (SRID) of the Ministry of Food and Agriculture
  • Veterinary Services Directorate of the Ministry of Food and Agriculture
  • Fisheries Commission of the Ministry of Food and Agriculture
  • Forestry Commission
  • Ghana Irrigation Development Authority
  • Ghana National Farmers and Fishermen Association
  • Ghana Cocoa Board (COCOBOD)
  • Bank of Ghana
  • Ghana Meteorological Agency
  • Ministry of Trade and Industry
  • Policy Planning Monitoring and Evaluation Directorate of the Ministry of Food and Agriculture
  • International Food Policy and Research Institute
  • World Food Programme
  • National Development Planning Commission
  • Ministry of Finance and Economic Planning

 

 

CountrySTAT Ghana is part of an FAO initiative supported by a US$5.6 million grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to improve the quality, accessibility, relevance and reliability of food and agriculture statistics in 17 countries in sub-Saharan Africa (SSA).

 

“World hunger is not an option. Access to sufficient, nutritious and safe food is fundamental not only to the well-being of poor households everywhere but also to economic development, peace and security in every corner of the world” said FAO Director-General Jaques Diouf earlier this year, during a meeting with Bill Gates, co-chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

 

With Ghana’s estimated population at 22.9 million people and a child underweight rate of 14%, CountrySTAT Ghana is a new and valuable tool in the hands of policy-makers and analysts to combat hunger and poverty across the country. Key statistical areas of focus for the new CountrySTAT Ghana will include production, consumption, prices and trade.

 

CountrySTAT Ghana will harmonize and integrate national and sub-national data and metadata on food and agriculture within the country and with other countries via the implementation of a centralized and standardized database framework, data exchange platform, and set of analysis tools. In so doing, it will facilitate planning and decision-making by policy-makers and analysts, particularly in the fight against hunger and poverty. 

 

The grant to FAO for its CountrySTAT initiative is part of the foundation’s Agricultural Development initiative, which is working with a wide range of partners to provide millions of small farmers in the developing world with tools and opportunities to boost their yields, increase their incomes, and build better lives for themselves and their families. The foundation is working to strengthen the entire agricultural value chain—from seeds and soil to farm management and market access—so that progress against hunger and poverty is sustainable over the long term.