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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.

Agricultural Development Indicator Curation

The Evans School Policy Analysis & Research group (EPAR) at the University of Washington, has developed over 150 indicators related to agricultural development using data from the LSMS-ISA for Ethiopia, Nigeria, and Tanzania, and have made the Stata do.files, summary statistics, and underlying codes available on their website. These variables relate to household income levels and sources, crop/livestock production and productivity, input and technology use, and digital and financial services—with a focus on gender disaggregation. Click here to see initial indicator estimates and to access their indicator construction code and documentation.

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+ Concept Note

Improving the Quantity and Quality of Sex-Disaggregated Data to Track Key Gender Gaps and the SDGs: The LSMS Plus.

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