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.




After the usual introductions, Mr. Justin Chisenga, A man in  charge of information and knowledge management in the FAO office in West Africa revealed the background, objectives and expected results of the seminar . In his speech, he noted that the new technologies of information and communication technologies have generated new challenges in the production, processing, storage and dissemination of information.
The interaction on the seminar was mainly marked by the sharing of experiences and practices in different countries. Mr. Yawo Assigbley, independent consultant and moderator of the seminar framed discussions on these exchanges in six areas, namely: (i) information resources produced in each countries at ministries where highlighted. Regarding this aspect, the presenters listed production reports, the results of studies, newsletters, ......... on the issue of (ii) Policies and strategies for information management, access and dissemination It is clear from the discussions that the major part of the country do not have consistent policies and strategies within the ministry of agriculture which poses problems dysfunction in the availability of information and especially empowering actors are responsible for its management. (Iii)  the question of the availability of skills in information management and dissemination within the Department, it also appears that in several countries, the skills required in this domain do not exist, and even where they exist, the work is not done in synergy between information managers, IT professionals and librarians or document list. (Iv) The infrastructure of information technology, including websites and social media was also presented. And again, the absence or in the best case, the low use of new technologies has been the best thing shared. (V) In view of the foregoing, many challenges have been set. We can mention among others:
• Raising the interest of the leaders on the importance of information;
• The need to make available the skills required to support the information management;
• The establishment of policies and strategies for information management, access and dissemination;
• The need for skills available to work in synergy.

Another presentation was  conducted by Mr Yawo Assigley ( a consultant). one was gear on having a better look at certain Social Media and what they can contribute to any countries development,

Example of some of this social media are as follows Twitter, Facebook, Skype, smart phone etc

From his presentation he said that a revealed was made on series of evaluation which was conducted from 2003-2012 by CTA, according to him this evaluation has covered hundreds of institutions and it lead to the challenges for the CTA,and some of those challenges where highlighted

1.To help institution to develop and implement a strategies for information management and communication, and the other challenges is to integrate the management of information communication and management (ICM) in newly strategies plan of all institution present at the seminar




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