Cambodia To Conduct Inter-Censal Agricultural Survey in 2019

AKP Phnom Penh, October 17, 2018 —

The Ministry of Planning and Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations (FAO) signed here today a deal to officially launch the Inter-Censal Agricultural Survey in Cambodia to be conducted next year.

This marks a groundbreaking step for the improvement of agricultural statistics in Cambodia, underlined a joint press release.

The Cambodia Inter-Censal Agricultural Survey 2019 will be implemented under the leadership of National Institute of Statistics (NIS) of the Ministry of Planning, in partnership with the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry, and Fisheries (MAFF) and FAO. The survey will be supported by the AGRI Survey Programme, which is based on the research promoted through the FAO’s Global Strategy for Improving Agricultural and Rural Statistics.

The AGRI Survey Programme is funded primarily by USAID and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

Mr. Alexandre Huynh, FAO Cambodia Representative stated that “availability and accessibility to timely and reliable date are pivotal for the development of responsive policies and progressive agricultural programmes, and significantly contribute to functionality of investment and market operations in the country,” adding that “this initiative is designed to inform policy makers and serve further development of the sector, improved food security and livelihoods of small-holder farmers, and for poverty reduction.”

Cambodia is the first country in the region to implement this programme, starting with the Cambodia Inter-Censal Agricultural Survey 2019 and continuing for a period of ten years on an annual basis. It will be also supported by a strong contribution from the Royal Government of Cambodia and the FAO Representation in Cambodia, with expectations of contributions from other development partners in the future. This will provide a regular flow of agricultural statistics and a strong basis for improving policy and decision making in the sector.

In the context of a rapid economic development, Cambodia faces more and more challenges to keep up with growing demand for reliable information to guide policy and decision-making and protect many parts of the population whose livelihood and well-being depend on agriculture, fisheries and forests, as well as to ensure the effective use of natural resources in an environmentally friendly manner.

The agricultural sector has contributed substantially to the Cambodia GDP. Cash crops and fisheries are the leading agricultural sub-sectors, but animal production is another sector with great potential to supply domestic and export demand.

By Khan Sophirom