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Tonga hosts first workshop on the Analysis of the Food Consumption

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22nd May 2018 More than 15 participants from the Statistics Department, Ministry of Health and Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Food, Pacific Community and Solomon Islands are attending a training on the ‘Analysis of the food consumption data collected in the 2015 Household Income and Expenditure Survey (HIES)’ at House of Tonga’s conference room.

The four-day training is the first workshop in the Pacific on the SDGs Goal 2, specifically on food security indicators. The workshop aims to teach participants on how to analyse the food consumption data collected in the 2015 HIES.

The training is facilitated by a Statistician from the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) sub-regional office for the Pacific Islands in Samoa Ms Rasmiyya Aliyeva and Food Security and Nutrition Analyst Ms Nathalie Troubat from the FAO’s headquarters in Italy.

Ms Aliyeva said that, “Monitoring of the SDGs is very important for all countries over the world and right now FAO is the custodian for 21 indicators. As a custodian agency we help different countries with the improvement of their methodologies, data collection and data reporting.”

She said that the FAO’s sub-regional office was invited by Tonga’s Department of Statistics to assist with the analysis of the HIES.

Aliyeva said that after the workshop, recommendations will be made to the Department of Statistics on how to improve the survey to better identify and report on SDGs indicators and for FAO sub-regional office to design regional projects to assist Pacific Island countries.

Government Statistician Dr Viliami Fifita said that the Tongan Government is committed to achieve targets under the SDGs.

“This workshop is timely because we should be able to comprehend the status of our food security after TC Gita. The FAO is the custodian of the food security indicators and they have conducted research on the methodologies and they are here to train us on how to use those methodologies.”

“We also need to report to the United Nations the state of Tonga’s food security using the indicators established so that donors can be aware of the status and assist the country in areas that need improvements.”

The workshop is co-funded by the FAO and the Government of Tonga.


Issued by the Ministry of Meteorology, Energy, Information, Disaster Management, Environment, Climate Change and Communication


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