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Living Standards Measurement Study

LSMS-ISA

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The Living Standards Measurement Study - Integrated Surveys on Agriculture (LSMS-ISA) is a household survey project established with a grant from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and implemented by the LSMS team.

Recognizing that existing agricultural data in the region suffers from inconsistent investment, institutional and sectoral isolation, and methodological weakness, the LSMS-ISA project collaborates with the national statistics offices of its eight partner countries in Sub-Saharan Africa to design and implement systems of multi-topic, nationally representative panel household surveys with a strong focus on agriculture. The primary objective of the project is to foster innovation and efficiency in statistical research on the links between agriculture and poverty reduction in the region.

In each partner country, the LSMS-ISA supports multiple rounds of a nationally representative panel survey with a multi-topic approach designed to improve the understanding of the links between agriculture, socioeconomic status, and non-farm income activities. The frequency of data collection is determined on a country-by-country basis, depending on data demand and the availability of complementary funding.

Open Data

The LSMS team works with national statistics offices to design and implement household surveys with a strong focus on agriculture. Several panel datasets are now available for free download; visit the country tabs below.


  • Overview

    The LSMS-ISA project is supporting the design and implementation of a multi-topic household panel survey, with the purpose of building capacity for the implementation of household surveys. The ultimate objective of the work is to improve the quality, timeliness, and relevance of household-level agricultural statistics in Burkina Faso, with an emphasis on sustainability, capacity building, and improving data collection methods.

  • Overview

    The LSMS-ISA project is supporting the design and implementation of the Ethiopia Socioeconomic Survey (ERSS) with a focus on the demand for data on household welfare and income-generating activities in Ethiopia, and ensuring comparability with other surveys being carried out under the LSMS-ISA project in Sub-Saharan Africa. The ESS is implemented every two years: the households in the survey were visited in 2011/2012, re-visited in 2013/2014, and then re-visited again in 2015/2016.

  • Overview

    The LSMS-ISA project is providing technical and financial assistance to the Malawi Integrated Household Survey (IHS) Program, starting with the implementation of the Third Integrated Household Survey (IHS3) in 2010/11. Following up on the IHS3, the Integrated Household Panel Survey (IHPS) 2013 was implemented to track and re-interview 3,246 households that were previously interviewed during the IHS3. The IHPS also tracked split-off individuals that moved away from IHS3 dwelling locations to establish/join new households which were in turn interviewed by the IHPS, boosting the panel household sample to 4,000 in 2013.

    Through a new wave of funding from the USAID, the LSMS is providing technical and financial assistance to the Fourth Integrated Household Survey (IHS4) in 2016/17 and the Fifth Integrated Household Survey (IHS5) in 2019/2020. The IHS4 and the IHS5 both have a cross-sectional sample of 12,480 households interviewed across a 12-month period. In addition to the cross-sectional component, starting with the IHS4, an initial target of 1,989 panel households that were interviewed in IHPS 2013 and that could be traced back to half of the 204 enumeration areas that were originally sampled for the IHPS 2013 were tracked. The panel household sample will be allowed to expand in both waves through the tracking of split-off individuals and the new households that they form. The 1,989 household tracking targets in 2016 grew to 2,508 households by the end of the round. These 2,508 households expanded to 3,245 by the end of the 2019 IHPS round of fieldwork. With the conclusion of the 2019/20 fieldwork, the work program has generated three rounds of cross-sectional data and four rounds of panel data spanning nearly a decade.

    Fieldwork for IHS5 concluded in April 2020.

  • Overview

    The LSMS-ISA project is supporting the design and implementation of the Enquête Agricole de Conjoncture Intégrée aux Conditions de Vie des Ménages (EAC-I). The EAC-I is a multi-topic household panel survey, with the purpose of building capacity for the implementation of household surveys. The ultimate objective of the work is to improve the quality, timeliness, and relevance of household-level agricultural statistics in Mali, with an emphasis on sustainability, capacity building, and improving data collection methods. The first wave of the EAC-I was implemented in 2014-15 and the second in 2017-18. Funding for the project is provided by the United States Agency for International Development.

  • Overview

    The LSMS-ISA project is supporting the design and implementation of the Niger Enquête Nationale sur les Conditions de Vie des Ménages et l’Agriculture (ECVM/A), also known as the National Household Living Conditions and Agriculture Survey. The expanded focus consists of the development of an agriculture module for the household survey as well as ensuring that the information on agriculture and livestock will be mainstreamed into future surveys. The first survey was done in 2011 and the second survey was done in 2014.

  • Overview

    The LSMS-ISA project is supporting the redesign and implementation of the General Household Survey (GHS), by expanding it with the introduction of a panel component that focuses on agriculture and household welfare. The objective of the program is (i) to improve the production of household-level agriculture statistics linked with non-agriculture dimensions of household welfare and behavior and (ii) to foster the dissemination and use of these data. The GHS is an annual survey carried out in February-March throughout the country on a sample of 22,000 households to produce state level estimates. The panel component is implemented every two years. The project also ensures comparability with other surveys being carried out under the LSMS-ISA project in in Sub-Saharan Africa.

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    The LSMS-ISA project is supporting the design and implementation of the Tanzania National Panel Survey (TZNPS), with a focus on expanding the agricultural content of the TZNPS, and ensuring comparability with other surveys being carried out under the LSMS-ISA project in Sub-Saharan Africa. The emphasis is to ensure that information on agriculture and livestock, and data on food and nutrition security inter alia, are mainstreamed into the TZNPS, and that the quality and relevance of these data is further improved and sustained over time. The TZNPS is implemented every two years; the first round of data collection ran from October 2008 through September 2009. Donors for the first round of data collection included the Government of TanzaniaKingdom of DenmarkUnited Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA). The second round of data collection was collected from October 2010 and completed in December 2011. Similarly, the third round of data collection lasted from October 2012 to December 2013. The main source of funding for the second and third round was the European Union with technical assistance funding provided by the World Bank with funding from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

  • Overview

    The LSMS-ISA project is supporting the design and implementation of the Uganda National Panel Survey (UNPS), with a focus on expanding the agricultural content of the UNPS as well as ensuring comparability with other surveys being carried out under the LSMS-ISA project in Sub-Saharan Africa. The emphasis is to ensure that information on agriculture and livestock, and data on food and nutrition security inter alia, are mainstreamed into the UNPS, and that the quality and relevance of these data is further improved and made sustainable over time. The UNPS is implemented on an annual basis; the first round of data collection ran from September 2009 through August 2010. The current work plan spans a period of 5 years, with co-funding from the Dutch Government for the first round of data collection and infrastructure-related expenditures.

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