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#LSMS@15: 15 years of experience collecting longitudinal data for better lives

November 14, 2023
In person: Dar es Salaam, Tanzania | Online: Facebook livestream - WorldBankLSMS

Over the past 15 years, the World Bank’s premier longitudinal household survey project, the Living Standards Measurement Study – Integrated Surveys on Agriculture (LSMS-ISA), supported national statistical offices across Sub-Saharan Africa in conducting 30+ longitudinal household surveys and 160,000+ interviews.

The LSMS-ISA has pushed the frontier for innovations in survey data collection, and availability of longitudinal, multi-sectoral survey data – forever changing the landscape of development research to inform solutions to end poverty and food insecurity; strengthen resilience to shocks; promote gender equality; and improve smallholder agricultural productivity in the Region.

To commemorate its 15th anniversary, the LSMS-ISA team, the National Bureau of Statistics of Tanzania (NBS) and the Office of the Chief Government Statistician in Zanzibar (OCGS) have organized a hybrid conference on November 14, from 9:00 a.m. / GMT+3.


8:00- 9:00:  Arrival and Registration  
9:00- 9:30: Opening RemarksDr. Mwigulu Nchemba, Minister of Finance, United Republic of Tanzania, Dr. Andrew Dabalen United Republic of Tanzania, Chief Economist for the Sub-Saharan Africa, World Bank
9:30- 10:30: Food Security, Structural Transformation, and Nutrition in TanzaniaChair: Titus Mwisomba
Discussant: Philip Wollburg
National Bureau of Statistics of Tanzania, World Bank
The Effects of Household Shocks on Children’s Nutrition Status. Evidence from Panel Survey in Tanzania.Monica Sebastian KaukyUniversity of Dar es Salaam
Disaster Vulnerability and the Welfare of Smallholders Farmers in Tanzania Gidion Njuga Moshi Co-operative University
Livelihood Diversity Effects on Food Security of Rural Households in TanzaniaRugazia NyombiMwalimu Nyerere Memorial Academy
11:00-12:00: Keynote AddressProf. Douglas GollinTufts University
12:00-13:00: Food Security and NutritionChair: Gbemisola Siwatu
Discussant: Alemayehu Ambel
World Bank
Does Relative Deprivation Induce Migration? Evidence from Sub-Saharan AfricaKashi KafleTexas A&M University
Targeting hunger or votes? The political economy of humanitarian transfers in MalawiJack ThundeIDinsight
Child nutrition and farm input subsidies: The complementary role of early healthcare and nutrition programs in MalawiMartin Limbikani MwaleStellenbosch University
14:00-15:00: Gender and AgricultureChair: Amparo Palacios-Lopez
Discussant: Sydney Gourlay
World Bank
Gendered Effects of Crop Diversification and Climate Shocks on Household Food Security Status in NigeriaMbanga Pagel Emmanuell DorcasUniversity of Yaoundé
Internal Migration, Occupation Transmission, and Development: Evidence from Castes in MaliIsmael, Yacoubou DjimaParis School of Economics
Drought Shocks and Labor Allocation in Rural Africa: Evidence
from Ethiopia
Arnold MusunguUniversity of Bonn
15:00- 16:00: Climate Change and ResilienceChair: Talip Kilic
Discussant: Marco Tiberti
World Bank
Predicting Household Resilience using Machine Learning in Sub-Saharan AfricaNouréini Souleymane SayoutiCERDI
Monitoring Progress in Resilience Building in Africa within the Framework of the Malabo Declaration: Using Pseudo-Panel in the Case of NigerAssad BoriFAO
Dynamics of off farm self-employment in the West African SahelSènakpon Fidèle A. DedehouanouUniversité d'Abomey Calavi
16:30-17:30: Panel Discussion

Moderator: Dr. Talip Kilic

Panelist: Dr. Albina Chuwa, Prof. Douglas Gollin

Dr. Martin Chegere, Dr. Ruth Hill, Dr. Monica Kauky, 

World Bank, Tufts University, National Bureau of Statistics of Tanzania, University of Dar es Salaam
17:30-18:00: Closing RemarksDr. Gero CarlettoWorld Bank 

LSMS-ISA: 15 years of impact in development

Climate change, shocks and conflict

The event brings together top-tier researchers and high-level policymakers from within Africa to advance the dialogue on the research, policy, and development impacts of the LSMS-ISA initiative in Sub-Saharan Africa in general and Tanzania in particular. The keynote speaker for the conference will be Prof. Douglas Gollin, the Jason P. and Chloe Epstein Professor of Economics at Tufts University.

The conference will conclude with a panel discussion focused on (a) distilling the LSMS-ISA experience in the areas of statistical capacity building, and data use for research and policy, and (b) the role that longitudinal multi-topic household surveys can play against the background of climate change, future large-scale health shocks, and intensifying fragility and conflict.

The Living Standards Measurement Study (LSMS) is a household survey program housed within the World Bank's Development Data Group that provides technical assistance to national statistical offices (NSOs) in low- and middle-income countries on the design and implementation of multi-topic household surveys. The program also develops and promotes the adoption of innovations and standards in survey data collection to support evidence-based policymaking.

Since 2008, the program has been implementing the LSMS-Integrated Surveys on Agriculture (LSMS-ISA) initiative, which has been supporting unique systems of longitudinal surveys that are designed to improve the understanding of household and individual welfare, livelihoods, and smallholder agriculture in Africa. Partnering with national statistical offices (NSOs) in Burkina Faso, Ethiopia, Malawi, Mali, Niger, Nigeria, Tanzania and Uganda, the LSMS-ISA has supported over 33 country-owned, nationally-representative, multi-topic longitudinal household survey rounds, amounting to more than 160,000 household interviews across Africa and leading to more than 6,400 publications that have been informed by the data from the LSMS-ISA-supported surveys. In the words of Professor Douglas Gollin (Tufts University), “any objective look at the uses and impact of the LSMS-ISA program leads to the inescapable conclusion that the current effort has had a significant impact on research in development economics – and correspondingly on global knowledge.”

The conference will feature research papers that are sole- or co-authored by African researchers that are using the data from any of the surveys that have been supported by the LSMS-ISA initiative in eight partner countries. Preference will be given to African presenters.


  • DATE: November 14, 2023
  • TIME: 8:00 a.m. EAT / GMT+3
  • VIRTUAL LOCATION: Livestream -> Facebook World Bank LSMS
  • PHYSICAL LOCATION: Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, Delta Hotels
  • For in-person attendance, please email: