Land Area Measurement in Household Surveys

LSMS Guidebook

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This Guidebook is intended to be a reference for survey practitioners looking for guidance on measuring land area in household surveys. The menu of available methods for measuring land area is diverse and selection of the appropriate method depends on several factors. In this Guidebook, we focus on those methods that are relevant for agricultural sample surveys, agricultural censuses, multi-topic surveys that cover agriculture (such as most Living Standard Measurement Study (LSMS) surveys), and other smaller-scale household surveys carried out for research purposes and project monitoring and evaluation.


  • Calogero Carletto
  • Sydney Gourlay
  • Siobhan Murray
  • Alberto Zezza