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The International Conference on Agricultural Statistics (ICAS) is organized every three years, starting from 1998, under the auspices of the International Statistical Institute (ISI) Committee on Agricultural Statistics. The Conference convenes senior agricultural statisticians from all over the world, mainly representatives from national statistical offices and ministries of agriculture. ICAS Conferences are open to all producers, suppliers, trainers and users of Agricultural Statistics, such as economists, statisticians, agronomists, researchers, analysts and decision-makers from government entities, the academia, development partners and international organisations. They are as well open to the private sector, including the business community. One of the objectives of the next Conference is to broaden the participation, involving more widely the academic and research community working on statistical issues related to agriculture.
The first five ICAS conferences have been instrumental in the efforts to improve the quality of agricultural statistics worldwide. Discussions have focused on providing information to monitor poverty related development programmes, particularly in low income countries. A major outcome of recent conferences was a growing awareness that the quality of agricultural statistics was declining. Furthermore, there was widespread recognition that new issues such as food security, environmental sustainability, and rural development bring new demands for better statistics. This growing concern resulted in the development of the Global Strategy to Improve Agricultural and Rural Statistics and of the Action Plan for its implementation — both unanimously endorsed by the UN Statistical Commission.
The VI International Conference on Agriculture Statistics (ICAS-VI) will be at the service of these initiatives. It will be hosted by the Brazilian Institute for Geography and Statistics (IBGE), 23-25 October 2013, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The conference theme will be Improving Statistics for Food Security, Sustainable Agriculture, and Rural Development. Linking statistics with decision making, focusing on issues raised by the implementation of the Global Strategy.
Before the Conference, the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) will organize and conduct two-day training sessions for young statisticians from developing countries, and FAO will organize Deriving Food Security Indicators from Household Surveys using the ADePT Food Security Module. Country experiences.
The Organizing Committee of ICAS-VI will be chaired by the IBGE, while the Scientific Program Committee will be co-chaired by the IBGE and the USDA.
ICAS-VI will review the efforts derived from the Action Plan for the Implementation of the Global Strategy, sharing best practices and solutions on its implementation; report the first results of the diagnostic procedures of national statistical systems; and review initiatives aimed at capacity building and training. It will also be a favourable occasion to reflect on the recommendations of the strategy, based on practical experiences of its implementation; and to examine its reach and assess new methodological development needs.
The Conference promises a truly diverse and exciting programme consisting of plenary keynote speeches delivered by prominent speakers in this field, round table discussions and parallel sessions led by outstanding organizers from all over the world. These are supplemented by poster presentations and exhibitions.