Tuesday, November 6, 2012

6th International Conference on Agricultural Statistics: Call for Papers

This is a call for economists, statisticians, researchers and analysts working on agricultural, forestry, fishery, and rural statistics, in their economic, social and environmental dimensions, to participate in the upcoming Sixth International Conference on Agriculture Statistics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on 23-25 October 2013. The theme of the Conference is “Improving Statistics for Food Security, Sustainable Agriculture, and Rural Development. Linking statistics with decision making”. The Conference will provide an opportunity to focus on issues raised by the implementation of the “Global Strategy to Improve Agricultural and Rural Statistics”, unanimously endorsed by the UN Statistical Commission.

The International Conference on Agricultural Statistics (ICAS) is organized every three years, starting from 1998, under the auspices of the International Statistical Institute (ISI) Committee on Agricultural Statistics. The Sixth ICAS (ICAS-VI) will be preceded by two-day training sessions for young statisticians from developing countries, organized by the US Department of Agriculture (USDA). The Conference will be hosted by the Brazilian Institute of Geography and Statistics (IBGE) under the leadership of an international Scientific Programme Committee, which is co-chaired by IBGE and USDA`s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS).

ICAS-VI will review the efforts derived from the Action Plan for the Implementation of the Global Strategy, sharing best practices and solutions on its implementation; report the first results of the diagnostic procedures of national statistical systems; and review initiatives aimed at capacity building and training. It will also be a favorable occasion to reflect on the recommendations of the strategy, based on practical experiences of its implementation; and to examine its reach and assess new methodological development needs.

The conference is open to the entire international agricultural statistical community. One of the objectives of the next Conference is to broaden the participation, involving more widely the academic and research community working on statistical issues related to agriculture. Given the location of the Conference, agricultural statisticians with experience in Latin America are particularly encouraged to participate.

Sessions format and organization 

The Conference is organized in 5 plenary and 21 parallel sessions addressing topics on analytical and policy needs, conceptual framework, capacity building and statistical production process.

Final papers should provide the basis for session organizers and chairs to work with their discussants to shape their session. Additional papers on the same topic will be made available in a Poster Session.

The Conference will be conducted in English, with simultaneous translation to Portuguese and Spanish.

Papers and abstracts
Please submit abstracts for papers, not exceeding 500 words in English, by December 15, 2012, including the title, names of all authors, and full postal and e-mail addresses of the corresponding authors. Abstract acceptance will be communicated by January 31, 2013. Full papers must be sent by May 31, 2013.

For more information, including submission instructions, please check out the Conference website.

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