Capacity development activities
Building technical and institutional capacity in countries to collect market outlook information and improving the quality of data are important components of AMIS. Efforts in capacity development focus on:
- Defining best practices and methodologies for agricultural market data collection and analyses;
- Providing training sessions to enhance data collection capacity and assist in the development of enhanced methodologies; and,
- Identifying, designing and implementing special projects to strengthen data collection.
Current list of AMIS capacity building projects
1. Strengthening Agricultural Market Information in Thailand and the Philippines
The objective of this project is to strengthen the capacity of Thailand and the Philippines to deliver accurate statistics, effectively monitor rice markets and produce relevant data on food security. Specifically, the project seeks to (i) collect best practices and adjust these practices to the local situation in Thailand and the Philippines; (ii) test and validate improved methodologies; (iii) prepare guidelines documenting field experiences and explain the application of improved methodologies; and (iv) train staff in National Statistical Offices and Ministries of Agriculture in accessing and applying improved methodologies, and addressing specific technical and methodological gaps.
2. Strengthening Agricultural Market Information Systems Globally and in Selected Countries
The objective of this project is to strengthen the capacity of Bangladesh, India and Nigeria to produce, disseminate and analyze quality agriculture market statistics using digital technologies. The project has three components: (i) develop methodologies on crop forecasting, stock estimation and food prices using digital technology; (ii) adapt and further develop existing data and analysis tools as well as the AMIS Platform for use at global and country level; and (iii) build capacity of the three focus countries to ensure they have the capacity to implement the methodologies.