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The Living Standards Measurement Study (LSMS) is a household survey program focused on generating high-quality data, improving survey methods, and building capacity. The goal of the LSMS is to facilitate the use of household survey data for evidence-based policymaking.

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Does Better Agriculture Mean Better Nutrition?

Woman farmer harvesting groundnuts in Zimbabwe: David Brazier/IWMI

A special issue of the Journal of Development Studies (JDS) on “Farm-Level Pathways to Improved Nutritional Status” examines this question through eight studies that explore linkages between household agricultural production and nutrition.
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Agriculture in Africa: Telling Facts from Myths

LSMS-ISA: Myths & Facts

Is fertilizer use in Africa still low? What do farmers say about post-harvest loss? What about rural non-farm household enterprises? Watch this new video from the Agriculture in Africa – Telling Facts from Myths project bring the LSMS-ISA data to life to answer these and many other questions!



Read the Fall 2015 newsletter to learn about what's new with the LSMS team!


LSMS partners with the DHS and MICS survey programs to establish a new collaborative group.




Integrated Surveys on Agriculture

The LSMS team is working to design and implement household surveys with a strong focus on agriculture in eight countries across sub-Saharan Africa.

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Gender & Agricultural Productivity

A LSMS research paper finds that plots managed by women produce 19% less per hectare than plots managed by men in Niger, with the widest gender gap found among the most productive farmers.

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LSMS eLearning Course

Want to learn about how to design and implement a high-quality household survey? Take the new six-session LSMS eLearning course to learn how a high-quality household survey is produced.

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Free CAPI Software Available

Survey Solutions, a computer-assisted personal interviewing software developed by the World Bank, allows researchers to conduct complex surveys with dynamic structures using tablets.

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Last updated: 2015-11-05

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