An effective agricultural information system provides policy makers, and programme developers access to reliable and up to date information for policy development, emergency preparedness, planning, and decision making. Regular collection of data in agriculture and natural resources is mandatory to monitor progress made towards achieving targets sets by the Regional Indicative Strategic Development Plan (RISDP) and the Dar es Salaam Declaration on Agriculture and Food Security made by SADC Heads of State. The Food, Agriculture and Natural Resources (FANR) Directorate disseminates agricultural information through the AIMS.
Agricultural Information Management Systems (AIMS) consists of the following components:
- Vulnerability information;
- Food Security;
- Crop Production;
- Livestock Production;
- National Budgets;
- Gross Domestic Products;
- Commodity Markets;
- Population; and
- Forest Cover.
Livestock Information Management System (LIMS) consists of the following components:
- Livestock Development;
- Associations and service providers;
- Laws, Regulations, Acts.
- Animal Health;
- Disease occurrence;
- Meat Inspection;
- Animal Production;
- Numbers and composition;
- Livestock Marketing and Trade;
- Products prices;and
Research and Development
Research and development programmes supervised by the unit include:
- Implementation and Coordination of Agricultural Research and Training (ICART);
- Land and Water Management Applied Research Programme;
- Fund for Innovative and Regional Collaborative Project (FIRCOP); and
- and Multi-country Agricultural Productivity Programme (MAPP).