The first Agricultural Census (AC) was carried out in Jordan in 1953, followed by ACs conducted in 1965, 1975, 1983 and 1997. The AC 2007, to which the metadata review and data presented in this publication refer, was the sixth AC to be conducted in the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan.
The Department of Statistics (DoS) has carried out the Sixth Agricultural Census in Jordan in 2007 for the agricultural season 2006/2007. The agricultural Census has significant importance because it provides comprehensive data on the characteristics of the agricultural sector, by administrative divisions at various levels which provides updated and integrated frame for different agricultural sample surveys for the years that follow the census. The agricultural census is a large-scale statistical process implemented by the Government to collect quantitative information on the composition of the agricultural sector (structure of the agricultural sector), using the agricultural holding as the enumeration unit. The census process covers all areas of the Kingdom within a complete agricultural year.
The Agricultural Census is intended to provide updated and comprehensive frame for the purposes of annual and quarterly agricultural statistical surveys concerning the crops and livestock sectors. It also provides statistical data at small administrative units. The census provides also comprehensive and detailed data on various aspects of the agricultural sector to serve the planners in the public and private sectors. in addition to providing any shortage in certain types of agricultural data to meet the needs of users in various fields.
Kind of Data
Census/enumeration data [cen]
Unit of Analysis
The scope of the study includes agriculture (including forestry), finance and livestock:
Agriculture & Rural Development
Food (production, crisis)
Land (policy, resource management)
Access to Finance
Forests & Forestry
The statistical unit in the AC 2007 was the agricultural holding, defined as an economic unit for agricultural production under one management that includes all existing animals and all land, used in whole or in part for agricultural production purposes, regardless of ownership or legal form
Producers and sponsors
Department of Statistics of Jordan (DOS)
Governement of Jordan
Food and Agriculture Organization
Governement of Jordan
The information collected in the Population Census 2004 with regard to the households engaged in agricultural activities was used as a frame for the holdings in the household sector in the AC 2007. For organized farms, the Ministry of Agriculture provided the list for the frame.
Dates of Data Collection
Data Collection Mode
Computer Assisted Telephone Interview [cati]
Data Collection Notes
The census enumeration was performed through visits to all households, to identify units that fulfil the threshold criteria applied to define the agricultural holding. Data were collected from the agricultural holdings identified during the preliminary visit. Data collection was undertaken using Personal Digital Assistant (PDA) devices.
A single questionnaire was used for data collection on:
Area of Agricultural Holdings
Purpose of Production
Land Tenure and Total Area Size
Legal Status of the Holder
Non-Irrigated and Irrigated Parcels by Governorate
Source of Income
Crop, Plantation and Irrigation System
Fruit Trees Irrigated and Non-Irrigated by Type of Crop
Livestock and Organized Farms
Agricultural Machineries and Equipments Owned
The AC 2007 covered 13 of the 16 core items4 recommended by the 2010 WCA. The following core items were not covered by the CAC:
(i) "Presence of aquaculture on the holding"
(ii) "Presence of forest and other woodland on the holding"
(iii) "Other economic production activities of the holding's enterprise".
(a) Data-Processing Stage
The Technical Support Team used to transfer the data from hand-held devices (PDAs) to computers daily in the counting centers and then transferred electronically to the database in the Department of Statistics (DoS). The data used to be stored on CD-ROMs as well as on the hard disk during the counting period to ensure its preservation. Editing of the data received from the counting centers was performed through use of computers under supervision of specialized technical personnel from the Census Administration.
(b) Tabulation Stage
Technical personnel from the census administration have prepared the data tabulation plan within the preparatory stage after approving the questionnaire in its final form. The information technology (IT) directorate has been provided with this plan in order to design the programs for extracting the results. These programs were tested on the pre-test questionnaire. After completion of all electronic preparation processes, the tables began to be extracted. The concerned personnel have edited the output tables in terms of consistency and logicality of results and carrying out the necessary comparisons. The tables were also checked in relation to form and language prior to approval in its final form.
Department of Statistics of Jordan
Address: 30 Yajouz Rd, Jubeiha, Amman, Jordan
Telephone: (+962) 6 5300700
See also http://dosweb.dos.gov.jo/ar/terms-conditions/
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The user of the data acknowledges that the original collector of the data, the authorized distributor of the data, and the relevant funding agency bear no responsibility for use of the data or for interpretations or inferences based upon such uses