Regional Roundtable on
World Programme for the Census of Agriculture 2020
Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago, 22-26 May 2017
St. Vincent and the Grenadines Planned Methodology
for 2019 Census of Agriculture
Technical Session 18
Ms. Deborah Daniel
Agricultural Planning Officer
Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry, Fisheries and Rural Transformation
St. Vincent and the Grenadines economy remains
Agriculture is the critical pillar for economic growth ,
Creation of employment in the rural economy;
Food and Nutrition Security;
Reducing hunger and undernourishment;
Import substitution; and Foreign Exchange earnings.
Agriculture is practised on small holdings.
Last agricultural census - 2000
The last population and housing census was conducted in 2012
◦ The Census and Statistics Act No 24 of 1983, gives the Chief
Statistician the authority to conduct all censuses and surveys in
the St. Vincent and the Grenadines.
◦ The Chief Statistician is the Head of the Central Statistical
Office (CSO) within the Ministry of Economic Planning,
Sustainable Development, Industry, Information and Labour.
In 1999 the The Ministry of Agriculture (MoA) requested the
responsibility to conduct the 2000 Census of Agriculture.
The Chief Statistician delegated it shortly thereafter.
The MoA created an Agriculture Census Unit to manage
and coordinate the 2000 census.
Agriculture Census Steering Committee was formed to act
as a national governing body.
◦ The CSO provided the MALF technical support throughout
the design, implementation and data processing phases of
Funding and Technical Assistance:
◦ Funding came from two sources : STABEX grant funds
and the annual budget of the MALF (office space, staff
time, material and supplies).
◦ FAO provided technical assistance from the preparatory to
the enumeration phase.
Challenges – 2000 Census
Several issues were noted during implementation of the 2000
◦ Some pre-coded questions did not capture all possible
◦ Revisits to field to obtain information after issues were
identified during the processing phase.
◦ Field supervision was inadequate.
◦ There were more non-response than anticipated.
The Way Forward
The Ministry of Agriculture (MoA) will be responsible for
coordinating the Agricultural Census of 2019 with support from
the Central Statistics Office.
Statistical Unit – Agricultural holding
Geographical Coverage – The entire country of St. Vincent and
• A Listing Exercise will be undertaken.
• Every dwelling unit to be visited.
• Once agricultural holding identified a census
questionnaire will be administered.
• The Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry, Fisheries and
Rural Transformation Regional Extension and Advisory
Supervisors prepares a list of large and/or specialised
agricultural holdings in their region.
◦ Essential and relevant frame items to be covered as
well as the following:
Crops and Livestock production
Household food security
Intra-household distribution of managerial decisions and
ownership on the holding
Demographic and social characteristics
Environment/GHG emissions (to be discussed)
Land Items in the Census of
Land use data collection at parcel level:
◦ Agricultural Land
Land under temporary crops
Land under temporary meadows and pastures
Land temporarily fallow
Land under permanent crops
Land under permanent meadows and pastures
Land under farm buildings and farmyards
• Land use data collection at parcel level
• Forest and other wooded land
• Areas used for aquaculture (including inland and coastal
waters if part of the holding)
• Other areas not elsewhere classified
Land Items in the Census of
Reference Year – January to December 2018
Reference Day – February 14th 2019
Enumeration Period – January 2nd to March 31st 2019
Enumeration Method – Computer Assisted Personal
Post Enumeration Activities
Post Enumeration Survey
• A short survey will be conducted eight weeks after the
enumeration activities has taken place to determine the
completeness of the Census.
• The activity should indicate how many holdings were
missed or counted more than once.
• The design of the short survey will cover elements required
for measuring coverage.
St. Vincent and the Grenadines 2012 Housing and Population
St. Vincent and the Grenadines Statistical Office Web page
St Vincent and the Grenadines Ministry of Agriculture Web