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Agriculture in Africa: Telling Facts from Myths
June 16, 2015LSMS Seminar Series

Join us for this exciting two-part presentation in which Gero Carletto (LSMS Manager) illustrates the intricacies of the LSMS-ISA data and Luc Christiaensen (Lead Agriculture Economist) presents key findings from the myth-busting project on agriculture in Africa.

Speakers: 

Calogero (Gero) Carletto is a Lead Economist and Manager of the Living Standards Measurement Study (LSMS). More »

Luc Christiaensen is a Senior Economist in the Office of the Chief Economist for the Africa region of the World Bank. More »

Overview

Is fertilizer use in Africa still low? What do farmers say about post-harvest loss? What do we know about rural non-farm household enterprises? The Agriculture in Africa – Telling Facts from Myths project brings the Living Standards Measurement Study-Integrated Surveys on Agriculture (LSMS-ISA) data to life to answer these and many other questions. The project revisits conventional wisdoms to assess their current validity in the context of Africa’s rapid economic growth, increasing urbanization, and the new era of high food prices.

The LSMS-ISA surveys are unusually rich, nationally representative, multi-topic panel household surveys conducted in 8 sub-Saharan African countries. These publicly available datasets contain detailed information on agriculture, as well as critical modules on non-agricultural facets of livelihoods (including employment, income, consumption, shocks, assets, and nutrition).

Join us for this exciting two-part presentation in which Gero Carletto (LSMS Manager) illustrates the intricacies of the LSMS-ISA data and Luc Christiaensen (Lead Agriculture Economist) presents key findings from the myth-busting project on agriculture in Africa.

Last Updated: Jun 05, 2015

The Living Standards Measurement Study (LSMS) is a household survey program housed within the Surveys & Methods Unit of the World Bank's Development Research Group that provides technical assistance to national statistical offices in the design and implementation of multi-topic household surveys. Since its inception in the early 1980s, the LSMS program has worked with dozens of statistics offices around the world: generating high-quality data, incorporating innovative technologies and improved survey methodologies, and building technical capacity. The LSMS team also provides technical support across the World Bank in the design and implementation of household surveys and in the measurement and monitoring of poverty.

For more information on LSMS, see https://www.worldbank.org/lsms.

The full list of LSMS Seminars can be viewed here.

Event Details
  • Date: June 16, 2015
  • Location: World Bank Main Complex, MC 10-100
  • Time: 12:30 - 2:00 p.m.
  • CONTACT: Sydney Gourlay
  • sgourlay@worldbank.org