This years’ African Statistics Day was on Tuesday celebrated in Bo City by Statistics Sierra Leone and their partners.
The theme for this years’ celebration is ‘Challenges of rising food prices and agricultural development in Africa- the role of Statistics’.
Speaking on the theme, the Senior Assistant Secretary in the Provincial Secretary’s Office South, who also served as Chairman, Mustapha Ansumana said the recent hike in food prices is an indication that agriculture should be treated seriously, with quality statistical data and an enlightened policy and programme design.
The African Statistics Day was adopted in May 1990 during the 25th Session of United Nations Economic Commission Planning and Development; which was celebrated each year in order to increase public awareness on the role of statistics in all aspects of social and economic life.
The celebration, the Chairman said, was aimed at highlighting the need for countries to do more in improving the collection, management and the use of agricultural data and information for national development. He also said it would highlight basic understanding of the ways in which the detrimental effects of climate change on agricultural production might be mitigated.
Presentations on topics like the challenges of rising food prices in Africa was done by Abu Bakarr Turay; and the challenges of Agricultural Development in Africa presented by Mohamed Ajuba Sheriff. Sonia Jabbie presented a paper on the role of statistics in meeting the challenges of rising food prices in Africa.