Somalia and FAO ink deal on data collection, analysis functions

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Somalia National Bureau of Statistics (SNBS) Monday signed an agreement with the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) to transfer data and analysis capability relating to food security, nutrition, markets, livestock, livelihoods and natural resources to SNBS.

The deal, which was inked in Mogadishu, will see the gradual transfers of Food Security & Nutrition Analysis Unit (FSNAU) and the Somalia Water & Land Information Management (SWALIM) Programs from FAO to the SNBS.

The transfer will happen through a three-phased approach that is expected to conclude within three years, FAO and SNBS said in a joint statement issued in Mogadishu.

Sharmake Farah, SNBS director general said the will continue to improve on the legacy of producing high quality and timely data in a collaborative manner.

“With our independent board, we are committed to the core values of accountability, transparency and collaboration with the other government institutions and partners,” said Farah.

The SNBS is mandated by the Statistics Act in the collection, management and reporting of data in the country.

In close collaboration with SNBS, FAO will provide technical assistance and institutional capacity development support, share FSNAU, SWALIM existing datasets and periodic updates and develop with the SNBS independent platforms for hosting information, publications and datasets.

Etienne Peterschmitt, FAO Representative in Somalia said the agreement is a sign of the Somalia’s commitment to take over responsibilities for the collection, analysis, management and reporting of data collected across Somalia.

Peterschmitt said the process will ensure that Somalia has the tools it needs to navigate the challenges of the future, including protracted humanitarian crises and the perennial issue of climate change, with decision makers being informed by the best available information.

“This information will also inform the formulation of public policy in order to take timely and appropriate action to safeguard the lives and livelihoods of Somalia’s most vulnerable families and communities,” he added.

FSNAU and SWALIM were established in 1994 and 2001, respectively, with various crises highlighting the need for independent and credible early warning information and analysis in the absence of adequate government institutional capacity. Enditem

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