The Use of Non-Standard Units for the Collection of Food Quantity

LSMS Guidebook

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This Guidebook is a reference for survey practitioners, providing advice on how to incorporate non-standard units (NSUs) of measurement into household surveys for the collection of food consumption and production quantities. 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 better contextual understanding and contributes to more effective policy design.


  • Gbemisola Oseni
  • Josefine Durazo
  • Kevin McGee