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The LSMS team posts blogs, news articles, brochures, videos, and presentations of research and key issues.

Blogs

SDGS 1 & 2: More & Better Data

SDGS 1 & 2: More & Better Data

by Alberto Zezza

March 7th, 2017

Ethiopia Data Now Available

Ethiopia Data Now Available

by Vini Vaid

March 2nd, 2017

Tanzania Conference on LSMS Data

Tanzania Conference on LSMS Data

by Gwendolyn Stansbury

March 1st, 2017

Nigeria Data Now Available

Nigeria Data Now Available

by Vini Vaid

January 13th, 2017

Latest from the LSMS!

Latest from the LSMS!

by Raka Banerjee

December 12th, 2016

Measuring Livestock for Livelihoods

Measuring Livestock for Livelihoods

by Vini Vaid

December 8th, 2016

What Can You Do with a High-Res Population Map?

What Can You Do with a High-Res Population Map?

by Kiwako Sakamoto

November 23rd, 2016

Facebook's High-Res Population Maps

Facebook's High-Res Population Maps

by Talip Kilic

November 18th, 2016

Seeing the Forests and the Trees

Seeing the Forests and the Trees

by Gwendolyn Stansbury

October 27, 2016

Does Better Agriculture Mean Better Nutrition?

Does Better Agriculture Mean Better Nutrition?

by Gero Carletto, Marie Ruel, Paul Winters, and Alberto Zezza

October 1st, 2015

Africa’s Hidden Underemployment Sink

Africa’s Hidden Underemployment Sink

by Ellen McCullough

August 11th, 2015

Organic Fertilizer Use in Nigeria

Organic Fertilizer Use in Nigeria

by Saweda Liverpool-Tasie

July 24th, 2015

Maize Price Volatility in Burkina Faso

Maize Price Volatility in Burkina Faso

by Moctar Ndiaye, Elodie Maître d’Hôtel and Tristan Le Cotty

July 21st, 2015

More People are Eating Out!

More People are Eating Out!

by Renos Vakis, Maria Genoni and Gabriela Farfan

July 8th, 2015

Counting Africa's Rural Entrepreneurs

Counting Africa's Rural Entrepreneurs

by Paula Nagler and Wim Naude

June 25th, 2015

Agricultural Input Use in Africa

Agricultural Input Use in Africa

by Megan Sheahan

June 17th, 2015

Killing the Zombie Statistic

Killing the Zombie Statistic

by Luc Christiaensen, Talip Kilic, and Amparo Palacios-Lopez

June 11th, 2015

Agriculture in Africa: Telling Facts from Myths

Agriculture in Africa: Telling Facts from Myths

by Luc Christiaensen

June 5th, 2015

Nigeria, Where Is Your Bourgeoisie?

Nigeria, Where Is Your Bourgeoisie?

by Vasco Molini, Paul Corral and Gbemisola Oseni

May 12th, 2015

Why are Women Farmers in Sub-Saharan Africa Less Productive?

Why are Women Farmers in Sub-Saharan Africa Less Productive?

by Kevin McGee & Prospere Backiny-Yetna

April 22nd, 2015

Freely Available Data: The Public Good that Keeps On Giving?

Freely Available Data: The Public Good that Keeps On Giving?

by Markus Goldstein & Alberto Zezza

April 1st, 2015

Good Food and Good Economics

Good Food and
Good Economics

by Alberto Zezza

March 18th, 2015

9 Pages or 66 Pages?

9 Pages or 66 Pages?

by Talip Kilic & Thomas Sohnesen

March 11th, 2015

Measuring Conflict Exposure in Micro-Level Surveys

Measuring Conflict Exposure in Micro-Level Surveys

by Tilman Bruck

April 9th, 2014

Worth the Wait in Zanzibar

Worth the Wait
in Zanzibar

by Raka Banerjee

September 16th, 2013

Presumed Poorer until Proven Net Seller

Presumed Poorer until
Proven Net-Seller

by Gero Carletto

September 19th, 2012

Paper v. Plastic, Part II

Paper v. Plastic, Part II

by Markus Goldstein, Raka Banerjee, and Talip Kilic

July 25th, 2012

Paper v. Plastic, Part I

Paper v. Plastic, Part I

by Markus Goldstein, Raka Banerjee, and Talip Kilic

July 24th, 2012

Whose Anecdote Will It Be This Time?

Whose Anecdote Will It Be This Time?

by Gero Carletto

March 28th, 2012

Open Data is Not Enough

Open Data is Not Enough

by Raka Banerjee

July 25th, 2011

Calling It In: Using Phones for Repeat Surveys

Calling It In: Using Phones for Repeat Surveys

by Markus Goldstein

July 5th, 2011

Welfare, Assets, Data Availability and the Living Standards Measurement Study

Welfare, Assets, Data Availability and the Living Standards Measurement Study

by Kinnon Scott

May 12th, 2011

 

Newsletters

LSMS Winter/Spring 2016 Newsletter

LSMS Winter/Spring 2017 Newsletter

Issue 9

I would like to take this opportunity to remember Hans Rosling, a friend and supporter of the LSMS. I don’t need to tell you about his contagious enthusiasm for data or his masterful use of visualization tools to communicate statistics. I can’t say I knew Hans that well, but over the years, even if only based on sporadic interactions, I came to appreciate him both as a person and a scientist. I met him for the first time in 2013 and still remember the flabbergasted look on his face when Kathleen Beegle and I told him that the core LSMS team consisted of only four part-time staff. He was astounded to find out that we were so small, yet we looked so big. And, of course, being the visualization maestro that he was, he immediately came up with his own visual representation of the LSMS with a tool he had at his disposal at that moment: his hand! From that day on, every time we met, he greeted me with his "LSMS hand." To this day, it remains a good, and fun, memory of Hans.

Gero Carletto
Manager, LSMS

LSMS Winter/Spring 2016 Newsletter

LSMS Fall 2016 Newsletter

Issue 8

The LSMS team continues to support the World Bank's pledge to collaborate with the 78 poorest countries to collect high-quality national household survey data every three years, to better inform investments and policies to eradicate extreme poverty and boost shared prosperity. A big part of this effort involves improving data collection methods in key areas. Toward that end, under the aegis of the World Bank's Household Survey Working Group, we have developed a methodological research plan that focuses on welfare, gender, agriculture, and data processing/dissemination. Work is underway, and LSMS is collaborating with UNESCO, ILO, FAO, and other international organizations to establish standards and validate methods for data collection.

As part of this effort, at a recent expert consultation at our Center for Development Data in Rome (hosted with FAO), representatives from development agencies and national statistical offices agreed on draft guidelines for collecting data on food consumption. Currently, there are no internationally agreed-upon standards for household consumption and expenditure surveys, so bringing this agenda forward can greatly improve the quality and comparability of global poverty, food security, and nutrition data.

Keep following us on Facebook and on our website as we continue our efforts to improve survey data around the world!

LSMS Winter/Spring 2016 Newsletter

LSMS Summer 2016 Newsletter

Issue 7

Just under a year ago, World Bank President Kim pledged that the World Bank would work with the 78 poorest countries to collect high-quality national household survey data every 3 years, towards helping us better understand how to inform investments and policies to improve lives around the world. This pledge has formed the basis for the President’s Data Initiative, which is now a major action area for those of us involved in data work at the World Bank.

To move the President’s Data Initiative forward, those of us on the LSMS team have been collaborating with colleagues in the Poverty and Equity Global Practice to manage a new data work program under the Trust Fund for Statistical Capacity Building, through which 14 countries are being supported for data production, and 30 countries are receiving technical assistance from the LSMS team, among others. We are excited to be able to contribute our survey expertise to this strong new Data Initiative, and look forward to further strengthening the World Bank’s infrastructure to support data production worldwide.

Keep following us on Facebook and on our website as we continue our efforts to improve survey data around the world!

LSMS Winter/Spring 2016 Newsletter

LSMS Winter/Spring 2016 Newsletter

Issue 6

Huge changes are underway for the LSMS team, both in DC and around the world! More than 30 years after its inception in the Development Research Group, the LSMS team has found a new home in the Development Data Group (DECDG). This exciting move allowed us to merge with existing data initiatives in order to create a Survey Unit within the Data Group. We expect that our new Survey Unit will take on a greater data leadership role for producing the data we will need to accurately measure the Sustainable Development Goals and the World Bank's Twin Goals. Thanks to our new DECDG colleagues for making us feel so welcome during this time of transition.

Not only have we moved to the Data Group, but some of us have also moved all the way to Italy! The LSMS team is excited to announce its new Center for Development Data (C4D2): a new hub of methodological innovation in household surveys and agricultural statistics located in Rome, established in partnership with the Bank of Italy, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, and the International Fund for Agricultural Development (see below for more details).

Keep following us on Facebook and on our website as we continue our efforts to improve survey data around the world!

LSMS Fall 2015 Newsletter

LSMS Fall 2015 Newsletter

Issue 5

The first of the Sustainable Development Goals is to “end poverty in all its forms everywhere” – an undertaking that cannot be achieved without good data. That’s why the recent pledge by World Bank President Jim Yong Kim to work with the world’s 78 poorest nations to ensure they conduct household surveys every 3 years represents a huge step—not only in addressing critical gaps in the collection of poverty data, but ultimately, in achieving SDG1.

Generating household survey data to inform policymaking is at the core of what LSMS does. Since its inception, LSMS has produced more than 100 high-quality, publicly available datasets that have been downloaded thousands of times. We continually work to improve data collection through methodological and technological innovation, and also provide technical assistance to countries around the world. We believe the World Bank’s pledge poses exciting prospects for the future of data worldwide, and hope it will spur further recognition of the role of good household survey data in the fight to end poverty.

Keep following us on Facebook and on our website as we continue our efforts to improve statistics around the world!

LSMS Summer 2015 Newsletter

LSMS Summer 2015 Newsletter

Issue 4

LSMS Manager Gero Carletto first attended the World Statistics Congress of the International Statistical Institute in 2011, where he presented at the one single event dealing with agricultural statistics. Four years later, attending the most recent World Statistics Congress held this year in Brazil from July 26-31, he was struck by the sheer number of sessions and papers focused on agriculture and agricultural statistics. Given the importance of sound statistics in informing investment and policy decisions, it seems that this expansion of focus on agriculture in the statistical world is great news for smallholder farmers worldwide.

Smallholder farmers, particularly those living in remote rural areas in developing countries, are among the populations most likely to suffer from extreme poverty and hunger. Thus, if we're serious about truly bringing an end to extreme poverty in the world, a continued focus on increasing our understanding of agriculture and rural areas through sound statistics must remain a top priority in the development agenda. Keep following us on Facebook and on our website as we continue our efforts to improve statistics around the world!

LSMS Spring 2015 Newsletter

LSMS Spring 2015 Newsletter

Issue 3

As the exciting and challenging global effort on the SDGs gears up, more and better data will be needed to monitor progress, requiring greater investment by countries and development institutions. For our part, the LSMS has teamed up with USAID’s Demographic and Health Survey (DHS) and UNICEF’s Multiple Indicators Cluster Survey (MICS) to commit to greater coordination in building country capacity and fostering methodological advances in household surveys. Together with Sunita Kishor, DHS Director, and Attila Hancioglu, MICS Global Coordinator, we recently issued a joint statement and established a Collaborative Group aimed at enhancing the relevance of household surveys for monitoring broad measures of progress and for policy.

For more than three decades, the LSMS commitment to improving the availability, quality and relevance of household surveys has been unwavering. Our joint resolve will be even more steadfast! Stay tuned for more exciting news, and be sure to follow us on our newly launched Facebook page to get the latest updates on upcoming events, emerging analytical insights from our datasets, and pictures of our team from all around the world!

LSMS Winter 2015 Newsletter

LSMS Winter 2015 Newsletter

Issue 2

2015 is off to a good start, with many new and exciting developments! First of all, the LSMS team has joined forces with the Computational Tools team to form the new Survey and Methods Unit (DECSM). DECSM leads the World Bank's Research Group in the production, analysis, and dissemination of data through methodological research, tool development, technical assistance, and capacity building. What's more, the DECSM team will benefit from a new grant from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to continue supporting countries in sub-Saharan Africa in the design and implementation of multi-topic panel household surveys through the LSMS-Integrated Surveys on Agriculture (LSMS-ISA) project. In terms of latest activities, our collaboration with the FAO on food consumption measurement has been gaining traction, with a successful workshop held recently in Rome and events organized for the upcoming UN Statistical Commission in March. Learn more about what we've been up to on our newly revamped website, where you'll find our latest datasets, research papers, and more.

The New Year is already looking to be a propitious one! Thanks for your support!

LSMS Fall 2014 Newsletter

LSMS Fall 2014 Newsletter

Issue 1

Welcome to the Living Standards Measurement Study (LSMS) newsletter! The LSMS program was created in 1980 to address the urgent need for high-quality household survey data in developing countries. Today, LSMS surveys have been conducted in many countries around the world, offering rich, detailed information on household welfare in its many dimensions. The LSMS program also conducts research on household survey methods, validating and establishing best practices for the measurement of poverty, agriculture and migration, among other things. As the world gears up for the post-2015 agenda, surveys like the LSMS will continue to play an essential role in monitoring the World Bank’s new twin goals of ending extreme poverty and boosting shared prosperity, and tracking several of the post-2015 Sustainable Development Goals, while also meeting country-specific demands for policy-relevant data.

We hope you'll enjoy reading our newsletter, which includes information on our newly available datasets, recent publications, methodological research, and more!

Articles

LSMS-ISA: Female farmer

Improving Opportunities for Women Farmers in Africa

A policy report by the World Bank and the ONE Campaign distills results from studies conducted under the LSMS research program on gender and agriculture. The studies analyze gender differences in agricultural productivity across Africa.

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LSMS-ISA: Brief

Living Standards Measurement Study: When Data Collection is Intrepid

For two to three weeks at a time, Kathleen Beegle disappears into the wide open spaces of rural Africa. She often lands in a plane on a dirt runway, rents a pick-up truck and drives with a colleague for four to six hours to her destinations.

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Brochures

Living Standards Measurement Study - Integrated Surveys on Agriculture

Gender and Agriculture in Sub-Saharan Africa

This Special Issue of Agricultural Economics (Volume 46, Issue 3) contributes to the literature on gender differences in sub-Saharan African agriculture primarily by using new and innovative micro data.

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Living Standards Measurement Study - Integrated Surveys on Agriculture

Improving Household Survey Data on Agriculture in Sub-Saharan Africa

The Living Standards Measurement Study – Integrated Surveys on Agriculture (LSMS-ISA) project is an innovative household survey program established with a grant from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and implemented by the Living Standards Measurement Study (LSMS) within the Development Research Group at the World Bank.

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Agriculture in Africa: Telling Facts from Myths

Agriculture in Africa: Telling Facts from Myths

Governments, donors, and the private sector are again investing billions of dollars in Africa’s agriculture. A thorough bottom-up update is needed to guide these investments, establish baselines, and ground the agricultural policy dialogues. “Agriculture in Africa Today – Telling Facts from Myths” addresses this void, using the Living Standards Measurement Study - Integrated Surveys on Agriculture (LSMS-ISA) data. The surveys are conducted in 6 countries, representing 40 percent of the population in Sub-Saharan Africa.

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Living Standards Measurement Study - Integrated Surveys on Agriculture

Realizing 'Tanzania Vision 2025' Through Livestock

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations and the Livestock Data Innovation in Africa project worked with the Tanzania National Bureau of Statistics to create an infographic on understanding livestock in Tanzania, using data from the 2012-2013 Tanzania National Panel Survey.

Read more →

Living Standards Measurement Study - Integrated Surveys on Agriculture

Realizing 'Uganda Vision 2025' Through Livestock

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations and the Livestock Data Innovation in Africa project worked with the Uganda National Bureau of Statistics to create an infographic on understanding livestock in Uganda, using data from the 2011-2012 Uganda National Panel Survey.

Read more →

Videos

LSMS-ISA: Interview with Alberto Zezza

Income Diversification Patterns in Rural Sub-Saharan Africa

Interview with Alberto Zezza

Learn about recent research on the extent of income diversification among rural households in Sub-Saharan Africa, and how income diversification in Sub-Saharan Africa compares with other regions, taking into account differences in levels of development.

LSMS-ISA: Interview with Brian Dillon

Agricultural Factor Markets in Sub-Saharan Africa

Interview with Brian Dillon

Learn about recent research that provides a comprehensive overview of land and labor market participation by agrarian households and formally tests for failures in factor markets.

LSMS-ISA: Interview with Wim Naude

Non-Farm Enterprises in Rural Africa

Interview with Wim Naude

Learn about recent research on non-farm enterprises in rural Africa: the motivation for households to operate enterprises, how productive they are, and why they exit the market.

LSMS-ISA: Interview with Jonathan Kaminski

Seasonality in Sub-Saharan Africa

Interview with Jonathan Kaminski

Learn about recent research on seasonality in Africa, which revisits the extent of seasonality in African livelihoods, finding that seasonality in African food markets and consumption persists, necessitating policy attention.

LSMS-ISA: Interview with Luc Christiaensen

Post-Harvest Loss in Sub-Saharan Africa

Interview with Luc Christiaensen

Learn about recent research which finds that on-farm post-harvest loss adds to 1.4-5.9 percent of the national maize harvest, and is concentrated among less than a fifth of households.

LSMS-ISA: Interview with Luc Christiaensen

Agriculture in Africa: Facts vs. Myths

Interview with Luc Christiaensen

Learn more about the "Agriculture in Africa at the Dawn of the 21st Century -- Telling Facts from Myths" research agenda from Luc Christiaensen, Senior Economist at the World Bank.

LSMS-ISA: Interview with Kristen Himelein

Challenges and Innovation in Livestock Data Collection

Interview with Kristen Himelein

In this 9 minute interview, Kristen Himelein talks about challenges and innovation in the process of collecting livestock data for making smart investment choices.

Powerpoints

LSMS: Presentation

The Reliability and Validity of Skills Measurement in Rural Household Surveys

March 14th, 2016

Download a presentation given by the LSMS team on the reliability and validity of some of the most commonly used skills measures in a rural developing context, which offers a detailed discussion on potential alternative ways of measuring non-cognitive skills in household surveys in developing countries.

LSMS: Presentation

Measuring Household Agricultural Labor: Are We Doing it Right?

December 11th, 2015

Download a presentation given by the LSMS team on the the methodological challenges faced when collecting agricultural family labor data in high frequency surveys, the evidence from a survey experiment in Tanzania, and the implications for agricultural analysis.

LSMS: Presentation

Measuring Food Away From Home in Household Surveys

October 29th, 2015

Download a presentation given by the LSMS team on the methodological challenges involved in collecting food away from home (FAFH) data in household surveys. New work using the recent National Household Survey in Peru that tests the difference in welfare indicators based on whether FAFH is accounted for suggests that missing FAFH in welfare estimates may matter a great deal.

LSMS: Presentation

Measuring Asset Ownership from a Gender Perspective

October 1st, 2015

Download a presentation given by the LSMS team on the effects of variation in respondent selection protocol on the estimates of individual ownership of and rights to assets. The presentation offers recommendations on questionnaire design and respondent selection approach for future household survey operations.

LSMS: Presentation

Cognitive, Non-Cognitive, and Technical Skills of Poor Rural Farmers: Measurement Challenges and Implications

April 30th, 2015

Download a presentation given by the LSMS team on the results of an experiment aimed at improving the measurement of farmers’ skills through the design of measurement tools that are usable in field conditions. This study aims to identify the potential gains related to incorporating well-designed skills modules into household surveys such as the LSMS. Recommendations are provided on the skills that matter the most for agriculture and how they can be cost-effectively measured.

Agriculture in Africa: Telling Facts from Myths

Understanding the Agricultural Input Landscape in Sub-Saharan Africa

April 12th, 2014

Watch a powerpoint presentation and its accompanying lecture investigating a range of commonly held conceptions about modern input use in Africa and distilling the most striking and important findings into 10 key takeaway descriptive results.

Agriculture in Africa: Telling Facts from Myths

Seasonality in Sub-Saharan Africa

April 12th, 2014

Watch a powerpoint presentation and its accompanying lecture on how seasonality permeates African agriculture.

LSMS-ISA: Presentation

New Methods in Household Surveys

May 7th, 2012

Download a presentation given by the LSMS-ISA team as part of the World Bank's Poverty Reduction and Economic Management (PREM) Network Learning Days 2012. The presentation provides an overview of the use of Computer-Assisted Personal Interviewing and its role in the LSMS-ISA project. It also describes the project's utilization of geo-referencing, as well as various upcoming methodological survey experiments in agriculture, including on land area measurement, soil fertility, and the production of continuous and/or extended harvest crops.

LSMS-ISA: Presentation

LSMS-ISA: Challenges and Next Steps

February 27th, 2012

Download a presentation given by the LSMS-ISA team at the World Bank. The presentation describes the main features of the project, discusses the progress of the project to date, reviews challenges that are currently facing the project, and outlines next steps as the project continues to move forward in supporting high quality household and agricultural data in each of its partner countries.

LSMS-ISA: Presentation

LSMS-ISA: Innovations Built on Tradition

April 26th, 2011

Download a presentation given by the LSMS-ISA team as part of the discussion on Innovations in Survey Design for Policy. The presentation was given during a weeklong learning session presented by the Poverty Reduction and Economic Management (PREM) Network of the World Bank. It introduces the LSMS-ISA project, discusses main features and challenges, and presents examples of methodological validation exercises being conducted under the project.

LSMS-ISA: Presentation

Adding Agriculture to the Mix: The LSMS-ISA Project

November 30th, 2010

Download a presentation given by the LSMS-ISA team at the African Economic Research Consortium held in Mombasa, Kenya. The presentation defines the motivation behind the LSMS-ISA project, outlines preliminary findings, and discusses possible new directions for the project moving forward.


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