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GCP/GLO/208/BMG
Panorama Report I

PROJECT GCP/GLO/208/BMG

« CountrySTAT FOR SUB-SAHARAN AFRICA »

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PANORAMA REPORT I

M A L A W I

FOOD AND AGRICULTURE ORGANIZATION OF THE UNITED NATIONS
Lilongwe, April 2011
GCP/GLO/208/BMG
Panorama Report I

PROJECT GCP/GLO/208/BMG

« CountrySTAT FOR SUB-SAHARAN AFRICA »

M A L A W I

PANORAMA REPORT I

Prepared
by

Dr. Patrick KAMBEWA and Benjamin BISA BANDA

National Consultants in Information System and Agricultural Statistics

FOOD AND AGRICULTURE ORGANIZATION OF THE UNITED NATIONS
Lilongwe, April 2011

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

The researcher would like to thank the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations (FAO) for offering him the opportunity of carrying out this important assignment and the Division of Agricultural Statistics of the National Statistical Office (NSO) for the technical support. The author benefited from the experience of various officials from the office. Special mention to Mr. Benjamin Bisa Banda for all the guidance offered during the period this assignment was undertaken. The author would also like to acknowledge the assistance and guidance from Mr. Kanyanda of the Department and Messrs Brite Mvula and Sayinet Botomani from the Trade Statistics unit for all the guidance and assistance rendered.

Given the nature of the project, assistance from various organizations was also vital to its implementation. These include the following persons from the following organizations: Dr. F. Njaya from Department of Fisheries (Ministry of Agriculture and Food Security), Mr. I. Chirwa, Statistics Section of the Ministry of Agriculture and Food Security, Mr. K. Chirambo from Department of Forestry of the Ministry of Mines and Natural Resources, Messrs Adams Chavula and Clement Boyce from the Department of Climate Change and Meteorological Services. Comments from the Deputy Director of FAO are kindly acknowledged. Comments from Ms. Julia Stone of FAO Headquarters were crucial during the final stages of finalizing this document and the author gratefully acknowledges her contribution. All errors are the responsibility of the author.

TABLE OF CONTENTS

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTSii

ACRONYMSvi

Executive Summaryvii

1. INTRODUCTION AND AN OVERVIEW1

1.1Methodology1
1.2Limitations of the Study1

2.THE NATIONAL STATISTICS SYSTEM2

2.1 Legal Framework and Statistical Advisory Bodies2
2.2 Structure of the National Statistics System2
2.3 National Strategy for Development of Statistics3
2.3.1National Statistical Office Strategic Plan3
2.3.2National Statistical Systems Strategic Plan4
2.3.3The Statistical Association of Malawi5

3. REFERENCE SITUATION FOR THE FOOD AND AGRICULTURE STATISTICS SYSTEM6

3.1 Legal Framework and Food and Agriculture Statistical Advisory Bodies6 3.2 Structure of the Food and Agriculture Statistics System6 3.3 National Strategy for Food and Agriculture Statistics6 3.4 Human Resources Available7

3.5 Non-Human Resources available7
3.6 Data Dissemination Policy for Food and Agriculture Statistics8 3.6.1Data Dissemination Policy for NSO8
3.6.2Data Dissemination Policy for the Department of Climate Change and Meteorological Services9 3.6.3Data Dissemination Policy for the Department of Forestry9 3.6.4Data Dissemination Policy for the Ministry of Agriculture and Food Security and the Department of Fisheries9 3.7 Modalities of promoting User-Producer Dialogue9

3.8 Existing Databases and Data Dissemination Tools and Platforms10 3.8.1Databases, Dissemination Tools and Platforms for the NSO10 3.8.2Databases, Dissemination Tools and...
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