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    Strengthening Agricultural Market Information Systems Globally and in Selected Countries - GCP/GLO/359/BMG 2019
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    In June 2011, the G20 Ministers of Agriculture recognized the importance of timely, accurate and transparent information in addressing food price volatility and policy dialogues, and launched the Agricultural Market Information System (AMIS). The system is a collaborative food information initiative that unites G20 countries and Spain, as well as seven other main producing and consuming countries of the commodities monitored by AMIS (wheat, maize, rice and soybeans). The system serves as a platform through which countries, international organizations and the private sector can work together to strengthen synergies and collaboration in order to improve data reliability, timeliness and frequency. The project, funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, aimed to contribute to the initiative by strengthening the AMIS platform globally and with the national information systems of three selected countries: Bangladesh, India and Nigeria.
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    Recent Practices and Advances for AMIS Crop Yield Forecasting at Farm and Parcel Level: A Review 2017
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    In most countries, although the proportion of national GDP constituted by the agricultural sector has been declining for decades, the forecasting of food production remains a major challenge for all the economic actors of modern societies. At all levels – government, industry, farm, household – decisions must be taken on the basis of advanced knowledge of the potential influence of economic, biotic and abiotic factors upon crop yields of the major food commodities, especially the four major crop s constituting the priorities of the Agricultural Market Information System (AMIS). The vital character of food commodities, coupled with the limited stocks, largely explains the price volatility observed and the erratic behavior of economic agents in light of the lack of information. In reaction to these phenomena, at the 2011 G20 summit, the ministers of agriculture decided to launch AMIS, an inter-agency platform tasked with enhancing food market transparency and encouraging the coordination of policy action in response to market uncertainty. At the same time, the private sector started to become active. The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation invested in the monitoring of agricultural production, by introducing a change in data collection and analyses methods (Global Strategy for improving Agricultural and Rural Statistics) and by supporting technical advances in modelling (the NEXTGEN project) and the use of new technologies (the Spurring a Transformation for Agriculture through Remo te Sensing project, or STARS3). The food industry also began to model food production, aiming to make a joint academic, administration and industry effort for the purpose of Assessing Sustainable Nutrition Security.
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    The Agricultural Integrated Surveys Programme - AGRISurvey 2018
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    Good decisions are based on accurate information. That truth is especially critical in the agricultural sector where national programmatic and policy decisions impacts the well-being for citizens. Yet, the scarcity of high-quality and timely national data to inform decisionmaking across low and lower-middle income countries is widely recognized, hampering the efforts of governments and organizations to shape good policies, encourage investment, target programs, and measure progress. The dearth of data is especially profound in the areas of agriculture and food security where long-term investments are lacking to create sustainable data systems. Most developing countries have not conducted regular annual agricultural surveys or censuses in the last 15 years. To adress this problem, FAO in collaboration with USAID, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and GRAInS, is working with countries to build their capacities to implement AGRISurvey programme. The AGRISurvey programme aims to accelerate and improve the collection and dissemination of data on agricultural production as well as the technical, economic, environmental and social dimensions of agricultural holdings through training and technical assistance geared towards the implementation of an integrated system of agricultural surveys.

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