From Tragedy to Renaissance: Improving Agricultural Data for Better Policies

36 Pages Posted: 20 Apr 2016 Last revised: 21 May 2020

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Calogero Carletto

World Bank; World Bank - Development Research Group (DECRG)

Dean Jolliffe

World Bank; IZA Institute of Labor Economics

Raka Banerjee

World Bank - Development Research Group (DECRG)

Calogero Carletto

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Date Written: January 1, 2015

Abstract

Agricultural development is an essential engine of growth and poverty reduction, yet agricultural data suffer from poor quality and narrow sectoral focus. There are several reasons for this: (i) difficult-to-measure smallholder agriculture is prevalent in poor countries, (ii) agricultural data are collected with little coordination across ministries of agriculture and national statistics offices, and (iii) poor analysis undermines the demand for high-quality data. This paper argues that initiatives like the Global Strategy to Improve Agricultural and Rural Statistics bode well for the future. Moving from Devarajan's statistical "tragedy" to Kiregyera's statistical "renaissance" will take a continued long-term effort by individual countries and development partners.

Keywords: Food Security, Climate Change and Agriculture, Crops and Crop Management Systems, Inequality, Livestock and Animal Husbandry, Labor & Employment Law

Suggested Citation

Carletto, Calogero and Jolliffe, Dean Mitchell and Banerjee, Raka and Carletto, Calogero, From Tragedy to Renaissance: Improving Agricultural Data for Better Policies (January 1, 2015). World Bank Policy Research Working Paper No. 7150, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2546124

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