Kenya has launched an online food and agriculture statistical database as part of an ongoing project by the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO).
Dubbed CountrySTAT, the database aims at helping the country to effectively operate and maintain agricultural information systems. Agriculture Permanent Secretary Romano Kiome said the new system would help officials to plan agricultural development in Kenya. “This information is mainly targeted to policy makers and planners in the agricultural sector. It will help us make informed decisions,” Dr Kiome said, explaining that the government would be able to closely monitor availability of food, areas with the most produce as well as incorporate the price of commodities across Kenya.
CountrySTAT is a statistical framework and applied information system for analysis and policy-making designed in order to organise, integrate and disseminate statistical data and metadata on food and agriculture coming from different sources. The project is being implemented in 17 African countries through a $56 million grant from the Bill and Melinda Gates foundation. Kenya is the first English speaking country to implement the system and third in Africa after Mali and Burkina Faso. Cote D’Ivoire’s site has also been launched.