The Census of Agriculture (CA) 2015 is the fifth CA carried out in Cabo Verde. The previous CAs were conducted in 1963, 1978, 1988 and 2004.
The implementation of the Fifth General Census of Agriculture 2015 i.e. Recenseamento Geral da Agricultura (RGA-2015) is a the country's national priority in agricultural statistics. It falls within the National Strategy for the Development of Statistics 2012-2016 i.e. Estratégia Nacional de Desenvolvimento das Estatísticas (ENDE). It also takes into account the recommendations of the FAO, an entity of the UN System United Nations coordinator for agricultural statistics. The CA process will follow the FAO methodological framework (FAO, WCA 2010), which consists of a collection of the structural data of the agricultural sector which will serve as the sampling frame, being exhaustive and representative at the level of the municipalities. The aim of the CA 2015 is to provide an effective and efficient response to the needs of data on agricultural statistics which will make it possible to make available statistical information for the monitoring of national policy, the respect of the national and international commitments and the satisfaction of the needs of the different users. For these objectives to be achieved, it is necessary that there is a broad awareness and participation of the population and organisation at all levels.
Kind of Data
Census/enumeration data [cen]
Unit of Analysis
The scope of the study covered the following areas:
· Household identification
· Socio-demographic and economic characteristics of the agricultural household
· Characterisation and location of the agricultural land
· On-farm processing
· Non-family labour
· Living conditions
· Non-family entity
· Use of inputs
· Machinery, agricultural equipment and fixed installations
Agriculture & Rural Development
Food (production, crisis)
Forests & Forestry
- The statistical unit was the agricultural holding, defined as an economic unit of agricultural production under single management, comprising all land used wholly or partly for agricultural production and all livestock kept, without regard to title, legal form or size.
- The agricultural holdings in both the household sector and the non-household sector were covered by the CA.
Producers and sponsors
Ministry of Agriculture and Environment (Ministerio da Agriculture e Ambiente)
Government of Cobe Verde
National Institute of Statistics
Food and Agriculture organization
African Development Bank
i. Methodological modality for conducting the census
A modular approach was adopted for conducting the CA. The core module was implemented in 2015. The supplementary modules (on "rain-fed crop production" and "food security") were implemented in 2017 and 2018 respectively.
The listing operation to identify the agricultural holdings was conducted during the census enumeration. The core module provided the frame for the follow-up supplementary modules.
iii. Sample design
A two-stage sampling design was used for supplementary modules. The EAs were the PSUs and the households were the SSUs.
Dates of Data Collection
Data Collection Mode
Computer Assisted Personal Interview [capi]
Data Collection Notes
The Computer-Assisted Personal Interviewing (CAPI) and tablets had built-in GPS. Special effort was made to georeference and measure all irrigated parcels.
Two types of questionnaires were used for the core module, for the holdings in:
(i) the household sector
(ii) the non-household sector
Other two questionnaires (on "rain-fed crop production" and "food security") were used for the supplementary modules conducted in 2017-2018. The CA questionnaires covered 15 of the 16 core items4 recommended for the WCA 2010 round. All questionnaires are attached to external documents.
A computer application was developed by the INS for data collection and processing. Core census module data were processed by the INS, in collaboration with the MAA and transmitted for tabulation and dissemination to the MAA.
i. CENSUS DATA QUALITY
Quality checks were conducted by supervisors to assess the enumerators' work and to ensure the quality of census data. Consistency checks were incorporated into the data entry program to minimize data entry errors, inconsistencies and incomplete data. The use of CAPI enabled monitoring the mobility of the enumerators in the field.
Ministerio da Agricultura e Ambiente
Address: Plateau - Ponta Belem, C.P. 115, Praia, Cabo Verde
Telephone: (+238) 2615716
Institute Nacional de Estatfstica
Address: Av. Cidade de Lisboa, C.P. n° 116, Praia, Cabo Verde
Telephone: (+238) 2613827 / 261 491 6 / 2613960
Disclaimer and copyrights
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