The 1st Technical Working Group CountrySTAT Meeting and Training Workshop participants with Mr. Darko (WFP), Ms. Sirra Ndow (UNDP), seated,. Deputy Director Mr. Aba G. Sankareh and Ms. Josephine L. Logronio, CountrySTAT trainor/facilitator.
Musa Huma, Director General of the DOA together with the panel of sponsors from WFP, FAO and UNDP declaring the opening of the Validation of Agricultural Census 2011/2012/
Dr. Amadao Babagana, FAO Rep giving a speech on Agricultural Census during the Validation Workshop at Atlantic Hotel.
Deputy Director Aba G. Sankareh welcoming distinguished guests and participants during the Validation of Agricultural Census 2011/2012 Workshop at Atlantic Hotel in Banjul.
Deputy Director Aba G. Sankareh and Lamin Jarju, M&E Officer during the CILLS Conference
Deputy Director Aba G. Sankareh represented Gambia at the 22nd Session of the African Commission on Agricultural Statistics (AFCAS) at Addis Ababa
Enumerator using GPS to measure the area planted in Lower River Region during National Agricultural Sample Survey (NASS) 2012/2013
NASS 2012/2013 survey forms being prepared for distribution to Enumerators
Ministry of Agriculture Minister Hon. Solomon Owens together with UNDP, FAO and WFP Officials inspected the newly renovated Documentatiion Building of the Planning Services
NASS 2012/2013 Enumerators Workshop at Jenoi
Ms. Josephine L. Logronio, UNV Database Specialst lectures on Database Design and Management during the Agriculture and Natural Resources Focal Staff Training on Database and Data Analysis on 21-29 May 2012
Mr. Odame Simmons lectures on Data Processing to Data Entry Clerks during the Data Processing Training Phase I
A baby was being weighed by an Enumerator during the Rural Finance Project Impact Assessment Survey.
An Enumerator weighing a bag of sorghum during the Agricultural Census 2011/2012.
Mr. Francis Keita, FAO Consultant, training the Market Data Collectors on the Gambia Market Information System (GAMIS) Training.
Enumerator and WFP Consultant inspecting the rice field during the pre-harvest assessment of the Agriculture Census 2011/2012
Farmer being interviewed by an Enumerator at a millet field in Central River Region during the Agricultural Census 2011/2012.


1st TWG CountrySTAT Meeting and Training Workshop

The 1st Technical Working Group (TWG) CountrySTAT Meeting and Training Workshop of the Gambia were held at the ICT Training Centre, Gambia Ratio and Television Station (GRTS), Kanifing, The Gambia from 17 to 21 December 2012. 

The five days training workshop was attended by 23 participants from the ANR sector namely Planning Services Unit-DOA-MOA, Plant Protection Services Unit-DOA-MOA, Soil and Water Management Services Unit-DOA-MOA, Department of Livestock-MOA, Department of Water Resources, Department of Fisheries, Department of Forestry, National Environment Agency (NEA) and Gambia Bureau of Statistics (GBoS). The training was sponsored by the joint Technical Cooperation Programme of the FAO, UNDP, WFP and Planning Services Unit to fulfil one of the key outcomes which is to setup a functioning comprehensive Data Base System on the ANR sector on a CountrySTAT platform.

Mr. Aba G. Sankareh, Deputy Director of the Planning Services Unit (PSU) gave an opening statement on the five days 1st Technical Working Group (TWG) CountrySTAT Meeting and Training Workshop of the Gambia. In his opening remarks, he praised the participants for responding to the workshop and urged them to take it seriously. He also added that there is a need to change if the country needs food security and that all stakeholders have a key role to play in the attainment of its statistic agenda as it is needed for decision and policy making of the country.

Ms. Josephine L. Logronio, UNV Database Specialist and Mr. Alieu Bahoum, GBoS Senior Statistician conducted the training on CountrySTAT and Mr. Ebrima Cham discussed the Food Balance Sheet.  Data on Production, Machinery, Land and Irrigation, Fisheries, Forestry, Water, Pesticide, Trade, Prices, Population and Labor were validated, analyzed and uploaded to the CountrySTAT database by the participants. They are now available at

CountrySTAT is a statistical framework to improve governance of national statistics system for food and agriculture. It disseminate, at a unique access point, food and agricultural statistics at National and International level. A One-stop centre for official statistics on agriculture and food. The Gambia CountrySTAT is being maintained by the National CountrySTAT Secretariat consists of Gambia Bureau of Statistics and Planning Services Unit Staff of the Department of Agriculture. It is administered by the National CountrySTAT Coordination Board headed by Mr. Aba G. Sankareh as coordinator.

Ms. Sirra Ndow, UNDP Governance Programme Officer and Mr. Darko of WFP attended the presentation of the Gambia CountrySTAT Database and Website. They were delighted that a comprehensive database for the ANR sector was established and made available to the public.  However, Ms. Sirra Ndow commented on the gender balance of the participants.  She also reiterated that a backup of the CountrySTAT database should be in place.  Mr. Darko on the other hand emphasized on the need to have a data analysis report to make the CountrySTAT more useable by the public.  


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