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Data gaps worries FAO - ITREALMS

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The newly research focus by the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) has identified data gaps as a source of worries for the entity, reports ITREALMS.

The new research also noted that rich publicly-accessible data sets often offer the most complete information available today, but “it is hampered by uneven and often antique data.”

"Rough approximations based on generous assumptions" could be improved on with more country-level data on production, farm size, commodity types, prevailing employment modalities as well as data on income and owners' residences, the authors say, noting that information on production by farm size is only available for very few countries today.

ITREALMS  gathered that much of the data available comes from agricultural census reports, consolidated in the FAO World Programme for the Census of Agriculture, while accessing raw agricultural census data would add precision.

According to the authors of the latest research “The censuses also present limitations, as some countries haven't conduced one for decades and many others exclude non-family entities that operate farms.”

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