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Living Standards Measurement Study

Annual Crop Production

Randomized survey experiments implemented in Uganda and Mali have tested the relative accuracy and cost effectiveness of crop production and yield measurement based on farmer-reporting vis-à-vis crop cutting. The empirical evidence has showcased systematic errors (and over-reporting) in farmer-reported crop production estimates (maize in Uganda and sorghum in Mali)--particularly in the lower half of the plot area distribution, with direct implications for the inverse scale-productivity relationship. The results from the methodological experiments have been further validated by analysis of the data collected as part of the LSMS-ISA-supported Ethiopia Socioeconomic Survey. LSMS-ISA is now considering the integration of crop cutting into future survey efforts, for selected crops and on a sub-sample basis.