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New Cross-Country Research Reveals (Persisting) Gender Differences in Off-Farm Employment Outcomes in Africa

The ability of people to enter jobs outside their own farm-household is extremely important for economic development and poverty reduction. In Sub-Saharan Africa, households derive a significant share of their total household income from off-farm employment. This stylized fact has been demonstrated for years, and many development programs focus on creating off-farm jobs. However, not all jobs are equally beneficial. Women are disadvantaged in accessing off-farm employment, and especially in accessing decent working conditions.Read More

LSMS at the 73rd United Nations General Assembly

The use of data for development has been a topic of much interest lately and was a key theme at different sessions surrounding the 73rd United Nations General Assembly , held in New York from September 18 to October 5, 2018. Two notable side events included the launch of the Data to End Hunger initiative and a high-level panel on Data to Improve People’s Lives—and the LSMS played a prominent role in both.Read More

Measuring Employment and Work in Sri Lanka

LSMS team members Amparo Palacios-Lopez and Akuffo Amankwah spent the last two weeks in Sri Lanka, working closely with the World Bank Gender group, the International Labour Organization (ILO) and the Department of Census and Statistics (DCS), Sri Lanka .Read More

Data to Improve People's Lives

The use of data for development has been a topic of much interest of late with its potential for new opportunities. Whether it is monitoring air quality, ensuring sustainable food production or tracking infectious disease outbreaks, new technologies and data sources are opening up new ways to... Read More

Data to End Hunger: UNGA Side Event

Hunger is on the rise, and we can’t ignore it. On Monday, September 24, join storytellers, world leaders, UN agencies & the private sector at the United Nations' General Assembly (UNGA) side event “ Data to End Hunger ” to discuss achieving Sustainable Development Goal 2 (SDG2) and ending... Read More

National Household Forest Survey - Liberia

Enumerator training for the National Household Forest Survey in Liberia has commenced! LSMS's Sydney Gourlay and Josefine Durazo are supporting the World Bank Country Office in Monrovia, the Liberia Institute of Statistics and Geo-Information Services (LISGIS) and the Forestry Development Authority... Read More

Malawi Data Now Available

The Malawi National Statistical Office (NSO), in collaboration with the World Bank’s Living Standards Measurement Study (LSMS), disseminated the findings from the Fourth Integrated Household Survey 2016/17 (IHS4), and the Integrated Household Panel Survey 2016 (IHPS), on November 22, 2017 in... Read More

The Dirty Truth: Measuring Soil Health

The importance of soil health in agrarian societies is indisputable – soil health has a direct relationship with agricultural productivity and sustainability. Yet, its highly complex nature renders it much more challenging to measure than other agricultural inputs, such as fertilizers or pesticides... Read More

What Do We Measure When We Measure Food Consumption?

A key theme of this blog is measurement. As Jed argued in an early post on the subject, “one of the most fundamental welfare constructs in economics” is consumption and “accurate consumption measurement has been a long standing challenge for applied work”. A recently published special issue of Food... Read More