Technological Innovation for Agricultural Statistics: Special Supplement to Key Indicators for Asia and the Pacific 2018

The first part presents a summary of existing methods for collecting land area, production, and yield data in the region. The second part discusses measurement errors associated with the existing data collection methods. The third part presents ways to address these measurement errors using remote sensing technology by showcasing results from three methodological research activities undertaken by the Asian Development Bank in three countries: the Lao People’s Democratic Republic, Thailand, and Viet Nam.

This report concludes with a summary of how other innovations, such as drones, computer-assisted personal interviewing, and artificial intelligence hold promise in transforming the field of agricultural statistics.


This is a special supplement to the Key Indicators for Asia and the Pacific 2018.

  • Foreword
  • Highlights
  • Introduction
  • Existing Methods for Collecting Agricultural and Rural Statistics in Asia and the Pacific
  • Data Collection Activities in Project Areas
  • Measurement Error in Land Area, Yield, and Production Estimates
  • Technology for Agricultural Statistics: A Potential Game-Changer
  • Other Technological Innovations for Agricultural and Rural Statistics
  • Conclusion

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