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LSMS-Integrated Surveys on Agriculture

The Living Standards Measurement Study - Integrated Surveys on Agriculture (LSMS-ISA) is a household survey project established with a grant from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and implemented by the LSMS team. Recognizing that existing agricultural data in the region suffers from inconsistent investment, institutional and sectoral isolation, and methodological weakness, the LSMS-ISA project collaborates with the national statistics offices of its eight partner countries in Sub-Saharan Africa to design and implement systems of multi-topic, nationally representative panel household surveys with a strong focus on agriculture. The primary objective of the project is to foster innovation and efficiency in statistical research on the links between agriculture and poverty reduction in the region.

In each partner country, the LSMS-ISA supports multiple rounds of a nationally representative panel survey with a multi-topic approach designed to improve the understanding of the links between agriculture, socioeconomic status, and non-farm income activities. The frequency of data collection is determined on a country-by-country basis, depending on data demand and the availability of complementary funding.

Open Data

The LSMS team works with national statistics offices to design and implement household surveys with a strong focus on agriculture. Several panel datasets are now available for free download; visit the country pages.

Mali

The LSMS-ISA team is working with the Mali National Institute of Statistics (INSTAT) and Ministry of Agriculture (CPS) to implement an integrated panel household survey with modules on agriculture, livestock and fisheries, using decentralized data entry. Methodological validation exercises will also be conducted.

Niger

The LSMS-ISA team is working with the Niger National Institute of Statistics (INS) to implement the Enquête Nationale sur les Conditions de vie des Menages et Agriculture (National Survey Of Household Living Conditions and Agriculture). Wave 1 data was released in February 2013.

Nigeria

The LSMS-ISA team is working with the Nigeria National Bureau of Statistics to implement the General Household Survey-Panel, containing newly designed modules on agriculture and consumption. Wave 1 data was released in June 2011; Wave 2 data was released in January 2014.

Ethiopia

The LSMS-ISA team is working with the Ethiopia Central Statistics Agency to implement the Ethiopia Socio-economic Survey, a panel household survey collecting integrated data. Wave 1 data was released in May 2013.

Uganda

The LSMS-ISA team is working with the Uganda Bureau of Statistics to implement the Uganda National Panel Survey, redesigned to include an agriculture module and GPS plot measurement, as well as validation exercises for crop production. Wave 1 data was released in February 2012; Wave 2 data was released in April 2013; Wave 3 data was released in January 2014.

Tanzania

The LSMS-ISA team is working with the Tanzania National Bureau of Statistics to implement the Tanzania National Panel Survey, with an expanded agricultural focus, GPS plot measurement, tracking, and field-based data entry. Wave 1 data was released in November 2010; Wave 2 data was released in October 2012.

Malawi

The LSMS-ISA team is working with the Malawi National Statistics Office to implement the Malawi Integrated Household Survey, a panel household survey with expanded agricultural focus, implemented using field-based data entry. Wave 1 data was released in March 2012; Wave 2 data was released in November 2014.

Burkina Faso

The LSMS-ISA team is working with the Burkina l'Institut national de la statistique et de la démographie (INSD) to implement a panel household survey.

Publications

LSMS Guidebook

Measuring Household Expenditure on Education

This Guidebook is intended to be a reference for survey practitioners seeking guidance on designing and implementing household surveys that include measurement of education expenditure. Household...

News

Shelter from the Storm? Household-Level Impacts of, and Responses to, the 2015 Floods in Malawi

In January 2015, severe flooding in Malawi affected over a million families, displacing 230,000 and killing over 100 people. A team of researchers from the World Bank and LEAD Analytics, Inc., in collaboration with the National Statistical Office (NSO), subsequently leveraged the existing longitudinal household survey infrastructure in Malawi to study the micro-level impacts of exposure to flooding on agricultural and food consumption outcomes.Read More

Measuring Violent Conflict in Household Surveys - SSA

The Fragility, Conflict, and Violence Cross Cutting Solutions Area (FCV CCSA) and the Development Data Group Survey Unit (DECSU) held the third of three planned workshops on “Measuring Violent Conflict in Household Surveys” in Perugia, Italy on 26-30 November 2018.Read More

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