Training Seminar on Methodology for Agricultural Censuses and Surveys

It is a two-day training seminar on Methodology for Agricultural Censuses and Surveys and it will be held October 24 and 25, 2016. The seminar is intended for young statisticians working in the field of agricultural statistics, or statisticians new to the field of agricultural statistics.

Registration is required to attend this event. The registration fee will be 200 Euros. The registration fee covers materials, lunches, refreshments.
On line registration will start on 21st September.
Information on how to register online will be posted soon.To registration page

Paper Submission

A contest is held for Young Statisticians to submit a paper. Authors of winning papers will receive travel expenses and appropriate subsistence allowance to attend the Seminar on Methodology for Agricultural Censuses and Surveys, and ICAS VII. Authors of winning papers will have the opportunity to present their paper during the Seminar on Methodology for Agricultural Censuses and Surveys. Please see below for the Rules for the Paper Contest.

Topics and Speakers

Experts from the National Agricultural Statistics Service and the Economic Research Service of the United States Department of Agriculture will give presentations on the following topics:

  • Principles of a Statistical System;
  • Planning for Agricultural Censuses and Surveys;
  • Questionnaire Design;
  • Use of Agricultural Data;
  • Sampling Frames and Sample Design;
  • Framework for Data Collection Operations;
  • Editing, Analysis and Summarization of Survey Data
  • Presentations are planned to be given in English.

To encourage more young statisticians to take an active interest in agricultural statistics, a competition is being held for young statisticians. Young statisticians are encouraged to submit a paper on any of the topics listed as sessions for ICAS-VII (see List of Sessions). The paper must be a minimum of 4 pages, and a maximum of 8 pages. Papers should be submitted using the Authors Instructions for ICAS VII described under Call for Papers. Papers may not have been previously presented in a public forum or published. The author and all co-authors (if any) must be born in 1981 or later. Papers must be submitted in English.

The authors of winning papers will receive funds to cover economy class airfare to Rome, hotel accommodation, daily expenses, and ICAS VII conference registration. In addition to the monetary prize, winners will be invited to present their paper at the Seminar on Methodology for Agricultural Censuses and Surveys. If a paper is submitted as a joint paper by two or more authors, only one author can be offered the travel and expenses. It is the authors’ responsibility to nominate the author concerned.

The deadline for submitting papers is March 31, 2016. Communication of winning papers will be by May 31, 2016.
Multiple prizes will be awarded.
An international panel will judge the papers on the following criteria:
– Scientific and/or strategic merit
– Originality
– Quality of the exposition
The decision of the panel will be final.
Papers should be submitted to Michael Steiner at


The Seminar will take place at the FAO Headquarters.


For any questions concerning the Seminar on Methodology for Agricultural Censuses and Surveys, you should contact Mr Michael Steiner