Census of Population, Housing and Agriculture, 2015
Agricultural Census [ag/census]
The 2015 Census of Population, Housing and Agriculture (CPHA) is the first census in Palau in which items on agricultural activities of households were included in a census.
The 2015 Census of Population, Housing and Agriculture is the third comprehensive data collection of population and housing characteristics and the first data collection of agriculture included with population and housing taken by the Republic since Compact Implementation in October 1994. The Republic of Palau follows a quinquenial census cycle, but due to lack of funding in 2010, it was not possible to conduct the census. In 2012, a mini census was conducted to get an idea of the population and housing characteristics, and included education, but did not incorporate all relevant indicators. The 2015 Census follows the 1995, 2000, and 2005 Censuses, with the 1995 Census as the first official mid-decade census.
Kind of Data
Census/enumeration data [cen]
Unit of Analysis
The census scope covered only agricultural activities (crop and livestock production). Information on the fishery activities of households was also collected.
Agriculture & Rural Development
Food (production, crisis)
Land (policy, resource management)
The statistical unit in the CPHA 2015 was the household.
Producers and sponsors
Office of Planning and Statistics (OPS)
Statistics for Development Division
Secretariat of the Pacific Community
United States Department of the Interior
Methodological modality for conducting the agricultural census:
Agriculture-related data were collected based on the "Core agriculture and fishing" module of the CPHA 2015 questionnaire. The EAs were the smallest geographical units into which the country was divided for census data collection. In most cases, one enumerator was responsible for data collection in a single EA. The CPHA was based on the complete enumeration of all agricultural households identified during the 2015 census enumeration.
Dates of Data Collection
Data Collection Mode
Data Collection Notes
The CPHA 2015 of Palau was conducted using conventional door-to-door enumeration (PAPI)
Agriculture-related data were collected through the Core agriculture and fishing module of the CPHA 2015 questionnaire. Overall, 12 of the 16 core items recommended in the WCA 2010 were included in the CPHA.
0001 Identification and location of agricultural holding
0002+ Legal status of agricultural holder
0003 Sex of agricultural holder
0004 Age of agricultural holder
0005 Household size
0006 Main purpose of production of the holding
0007 Area of holding according to land use types
0008 Total area of holding
0009 Land tenure types on the holding
0010 Presence of irrigation on the holding
0011 Types of temporary crops on the holding
0012 Types of permanent crops on the holding and whether in compact plantation
0013 Number of animals on the holding for each livestock type
0014 Presence of aquaculture on the holding
0015+ Presence of forest and other wooded land on the holding
0016 Other economic production activities of the holding's enterprise
The following core items were not covered by the CPHA:
(i) "Area of the holding according to land use types";
(ii) "Land tenure types on the holding";
(iii) "Types of temporary crops on the holding";
(iv) "Type of permanent crops on the holding".
a. DATA PROCESSING AND ARCHIVING
Data entry, edits and tabulations programs were provided by the SPC (SDD). Census data were manually captured. The keyed data were then processed (editing and cleaning) using the Consistency and Correction (CONCOR) package. The Census Tabulation System (CENTS) was used for tabulation.
b. CENSUS DATA QUALITY
Quality assurance methods were used throughout the data collection and processing phases of the census to improve the quality of the data. The enumerators conducted an initial check of the questionnaires for completeness and consistency. The census office staff performed additional coverage and edit checks. Those households for which questionnaires did not meet specific quality standards because of incomplete information were contacted through personal visits, to obtain the missing information.
The final census results were disseminated through the CPHA 2015 report and institutional websites.
Office of Planning and Statistics,
Ministry of Finance
Address: P.O. Box 6051, Koror, Palau 96940, Republic of Palau
Telephone: (+680) 7672562
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