The Agricultural Census (AC) 2010 was the first AC to be conducted in Palestine.
Modern and accurate statistics are essential to establish national policies at all levels. Accordingly, the PCBS has striven since its establishment to collect and disseminate official statistics which meet international standards and concepts and are in accordance with Palestinian national requirements. In this regard, PCBS has conducted population, social and economic surveys, plus two censuses on population, housing and establishments in 1997 and 2007, in addition to developing various administrative records. In order to provide comprehensive statistics in all domains, PCBS launched the first census on agriculture in 2010 in the Palestinian Territory in cooperation with the Ministry of Agriculture and the Union of Agricultural Work Committees. The PCBS mandate is to develop and maintain the Palestinian National Statistics System based on professional principles and responsive to the needs of users, and capable of providing accurate, neutral, comprehensive and high quality official statistics which meet international standards in all areas. This should improve the capacity building of Palestinian national establishments in economic, social and environmental development and enhance the establishment of better developmental policies. The provision of statistical data will assist in planning at every level, in addition to developing and unifying standards and concepts of economic, social, population and geographic domains.
From the initial planning phase of the agriculture census, PCBS has sought full coordination and consultation with stakeholders to identify needs in agriculture-related statistics necessary for the development of this sector, and also to mobilize all partners to participate in the implementation of this first-ever census. Activities included bilateral consultation meetings, seminars, and workshops with public and private sectors and civil society institutions to ensure that the output of the agriculture census reflects national priorities and is comparable internationally.
1. To meet the growing demand for up-to-date and reliable statistical indicators by users concerning the agricultural sector in the Palestinian Territory. Such statistics are necessary for the planning and monitoring of agriculture-related programs by governmental and private institutions.
2. To provide relevant statistics to ensure the optimal use of land and contribute to food security and self reliance in the Palestinian Territory.
3. To monitor the changes affecting agricultural land in the Palestinian Territory as a result of continuous Israeli aggression, confiscation of land, isolation of the population, and the building of the annexation wall.
4. To conduct an agricultural census every ten years according to the General Statistics Law No. 4 of 2000.
Kind of Data
Census/enumeration data [cen]
Unit of Analysis
The scope of the study includes:
· Agricultural Holdings
· Agricultural Holders
· Land Use
· Poultry Farming
· Domestic Poultry
· Other Animals (Equines)
· Agricultural Labor Force
· Agricultural Machinery and Equipment
· Agricultural Applications
Agriculture & Rural Development
Land (policy, resource management)
Forests & Forestry
The statistical unit was the agricultural holding, defined as an economic unit of agricultural production under single management' comprising all livestock kept and all land2 used entirely or partially for agricultural production purposes, regardless of legal form, and above a certain threshold (see section 7 below). Common grazing lands and other land not assigned to an agricultural holding were not included in the AC. The AC covered both holdings in the household sector and holdings in the non-household sector.
Producers and sponsors
Palestinian Central Bureau of Statistics
Palestinian National Authority
Ministry of Agriclture
Plannnig and implimentation
The Islamic Development Bank
The World Bank
The European Union
The frame of the Agricultural Census 2010 includes a complete record of holdings by households and collaborative institutions. The frame was prepared by listing all holders through visiting every household, using maps to reach all addresses.
Dates of Data Collection
Data Collection Mode
Special data processing programmes were developed and tested to capture the census data. Data entry was done at the premises of the PCBS. Data editing, coding, entry, checking and cleaning were finalized in June 2011 in the West Bank and in August 2011 in the Gaza Strip. The technical team followed up on the data processing, testing its accuracy and quality and comparing it with other data resources; the team also prepared the tables and the report on the final results of the census. The data entry programme was prepared using Oracle and Access. Data analysis was undertaken using SPSS. The impact of errors on data quality was minimized, because of the high level of competency and training of the fieldwork team. A quality control system was established for all stages of the census, from the preparatory stage to the data collection, processing and dissemination stages, to ensure the control of fieldwork activities and the overall accuracy of census data. Census supervisors and team leaders in each governorate conducted a re-interviewing of households through random visits to households in the enumeration areas and by filling out parts of the listing and enumeration questionnaires
The preliminary results were disseminated through the local mass media and the official website of the PCBS in April 2011. The final results were disseminated in December 2011 and are available in the form of printed reports, CD-ROMs and on the website of the PCBS.
General Statistics Law No. (5) for Year 2000
All individual information and data submitted to the Bureau for statistical purposes shall be treated as confidential and shall not be divulged, in whole or in part, to any individual or to a public or private body, or used for any purpose other than for preparing statistical tables. The Bureau shall endeavor to issue official statistical publications in aggregate tables, which do not disclose individual data, in conformity with the confidentiality of statistical data.
Pledges the utilization of "data" or any copies therefore shall be limited to the purposes agreed upon including not granting any third parties any access to these data. Restrictions applies to any data duplication or transformed setting for purposes other than meeting the requirements of the statistical programs used in data analysis.
Utilization of "data" or any copies thereof is limited to personal computers normally.
Pledges not to alter the value of any observation in the original "data"; nevertheless, this does not apply on subjecting data to any processes or procedures aiming to derive new variables. The first party does not bear any professional, administrative or financial responsibility for any losses incurred as a result of changes in the variables values.
Palestinian Central Bureau of Statistics
Address: P.O. BOX 1647, Ramallah, Palestine
Telephone: (+970) 2 2 2982700
Palestinian Central Bureau of Statistics, 2013. Agricultural Census 2010 . Ramallah- Palestine
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PCBS provid data collected for purely statistical purposes, and therefore does not assume any responsibility for legal or professional from any claim or analysis or interpretation or misuse of this data.