From the onset of 50x2030 activities in 2019, Georgia was already fully mobilized to strengthen its data ecosystem. Georgia was conducting routine quarterly and annual agricultural surveys, and launched Computer-Assisted Personal Interview Methods as well as several portals to assist data dissemination. GEOSTAT, Georgia’s National Statistics Office, was developing their capacity through partnerships with international organizations and the Georgian government was progressing toward adopting open data practices and personal data protection laws. These efforts were reflected in Georgia’s high score on the World Bank’s Statistical Performance Indicators, among the highest of Caucasus countries. However, Georgia still faced significant challenges that limited stakeholders’ abilities to effectively make data-based decisions. In particular, Georgia (1) struggled with internet infrastructure, limiting data use, (2) was unable to produce internationally comparable data at European standards, and (3) had room to improve quality, relevance and professionalism of data collection, processing and dissemination. These roadblocks existed despite a strong demand for data to meet national development plans, creating a need for continuing work on improving the Georgian agricultural data ecosystem.
The National Statistics Office of Georgia has published the statistical report on sustainable agriculture in the country arising from the Production Methods and Environment (PME) survey conducted in 2021 in partnership with the 50x2030 Initiative. With the completion of the PME Survey, Georgia will now be able to improve its monitoring of key sustainable development programs in agriculture and identify obstacles and potential opportunities that would contribute to increased food security, benefits to the economy, and improve rural livelihoods in the country. It is noteworthy that SDG 2.4.1 (Proportion of agricultural area under productive and sustainable agriculture) was produced for the first time according to the mentioned survey results.
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