On December 10, U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) expert statistician Michael Steiner and USDA Georgia agricultural specialist Demna Dzirkvadze participated in a seminar on the Strategic Plan for Agricultural, Environmental and Rural and Statistics in Georgia, along with officials from the Georgian Ministry of Agriculture, Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources Protection of Georgia, National Statistics Office of Georgia, and the Food and Agricultural Organization.
The seminar is part of activities connected with the selection of Georgia as a pilot country for implementation of the United Nations Global Strategy to Improve Agricultural and Rural Statistics (GSARS). GSARS is an initiative to address developing countries’ lack of capacity to provide reliable statistical data on food and agriculture, necessary for evidence-based decision making. Georgia’s Strategic Plan is a comprehensive framework for improving the availability and use of agricultural, environmental and rural data, covering the period of 2016 – 2020. Steiner serves as Chair of the United Nations Statistical Advisory Committee for GSARS, and is project coordinator for USDA work on agricultural statistics in Georgia.
USDA work on agricultural statistics in Georgia is within the framework of USDA’s Georgia Agricultural Policy Initiative (GAPI), a three-year project funded by U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID).