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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

Using Non-Standard Units in Data Collection: LSMS Guidebook

Food consumption and agricultural production are two critical components for monitoring poverty and household well-being in low- and middle-income countries. Accurate measurement of both provides a better contextual understanding and contributes to more effective policy design.Read More

Publications

LSMS Guidebook

Spectral Soil Analysis and Household Surveys

This Guidebook is intended to be a reference for survey practitioners looking for guidance on integrating soil health testing in household and farm surveys. The role of soil in agrarian societies is...
Book

Agriculture in Africa: Telling Myths from Facts

Stylized facts set agendas and shape debates. In rapidly changing and data scarce environments, they also risk being ill-informed, outdated and misleading. So, following higher food prices since the...
Brief

Measuring Food Consumption in Household Surveys

How much did you eat yesterday? And how much did you spend? On what food products exactly? And what about last week? These types of questions can be very hard for anyone to answer, yet most analyses...