CountrySTAT platform for sharing agriculture and food security information
CountrySTAT is a web-based information system on food and agriculture which provides easy access to statistical data of good quality that can aid decision-makers in better, evidence-based policy-making and greater efficiency in development politics. Nationally owned and maintained, it serves as a one-stop center that enables the collection and harmonization of timely and reliable official data from different sources and their integration in a common location. Data provided through CountrySTAT serves researchers, policymakers, development organizations, and the private sector to design and implement better policy and investments in agriculture.
“This is important from the point of view of improving the policy in the field of agriculture and food security. Thanks to the system not only the Ministry of Agriculture, but also the Ministry of Economy and the private sector will have access to a database in this area. I think this will help to achieve the goals set out in the strategic roadmap for agriculture,” Melek Chakmak, FAO Azerbaijani Office Head told journalists.
Best practices of the CountrySTAT system include ownership and sustainability, increased data availability and accessibility through the national one-stop center on food and agriculture statistics.
The system also aims to strengthen sustainable development of rural and agricultural statistical information targeting better integration of new scalable information technologies, to support food security and the relevant decision-making based on facts.