Strengthening the technical and institutional capacities of countries to produce and use market information is an essential component of AMIS. Capacity building activities help to provide the foundation for improved statistical information systems at national, regional and global levels. AMIS also encourages its participating countries to identify and agree on best practices and fosters methodological improvements in data production, access and use.
The AMIS Secretariat provides technical assistance in various forms, including by regularly reviewing and discussing with focal points the monthly balances submitted to the Secretariat, or by organizing country visits to foster inter-agency collaboration. In addition, selected focal points can work together with the AMIS Secretariat as "Visiting Experts" in the framework of the AMIS Exchange Programme, which was launched in October 2014.
Finally, technical assistance has been provided through dedicated larger-scale capacity building projects:
- The project “Strengthening Agricultural Market Information in Thailand and the Philippines”, funded by the Government of Japan, was implemented between 2013 and 2016 by FAO (total budget of 1.5m USD). For a brief overview of project outcomes, please click here. For country-specific information, please use the navigation menu on the right.
- The project “Strengthening Agricultural Market Information Systems globally and in selected countries (Nigeria, India and Bangladesh) using innovative methods and digital technology”, funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, has been implemented since 2013 by FAO (total budget of 5.6m USD). For country-specific information, please use the navigation menu on the right.
Technical assistance is provided either at the global level or at national level. Long term sustainability, national ownership and partnerships with other partners’ activities are promoted.