LSMS Newsletter

FALL 2015
ISSUE 5


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  MESSAGE FROM THE LSMS TEAM

Gero Carletto, LSMS ManagerDear LSMS friends,
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!

- Gero Carletto (Manager)


  New Data: Burkina Faso                                                       LSMS-ISA Logo
Datasets from the Burkina Faso Enquête Multisectorielle Continue (EMC) survey (10,411 households interviewed in 4 visits in 2014) are now available with constructed consumption aggregates. The EMC Survey was implemented by the Burkina National Statistics office in collaboration with the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (SIDA) and the World Bank.
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In the field
  • Ethiopia: The Socioeconomic Survey Wave 3 post-planting visit is ongoing,
  • Nigeria: The General Household Survey Panel Wave 3 post-planting visit has been completed and preparation is underway for the post-harvest visit starting February 2016,
  • Tanzania: The National Panel Survey Wave 4 is wrapping up field work and tracking moved households.
Coming soon
  • Mali: The Enquête Agricole de Conjoncture Intégrée Wave 1, and
  • Niger: The Enquête Nationale sur les Conditions de Vie des Ménages et l'Agriculture Wave 2
 
             
  Research Highlights          
             
  DOES AGRICULTURE MATTER FOR NUTRITION

If food systems worked well in providing consumers with diverse, nutritious, and affordable diets, people could procure their food on the market, regardless of their own agricultural productivity. But among poor and food-insecure households, the linkages between food production and food consumption (via food prices, income generation, market imperfections, and gender roles) are likely to be critically important to ensure proper nutrition.

DOES AGRICULTURE MATTER FOR NUTRITION?

A special issue of the Journal of Development Studies (JDS) on “Farm-Level Pathways to Improved Nutritional Status” examines these linkages in depth via eight studies, four of which use LSMS-ISA data. For a limited time, the Introduction to the series is available via open access here, and you can also read more on this IFPRI blog.
  MEASUREMENT OF ASSETS: WHO SHOULD WE ASK?

To answer this question, the LSMS team partnered with the United Nations Evidence and Data for Gender Equality (EDGE) project in 2014 to implement a randomized household survey experiment that, for the first time, documents the relative effects of five different approaches to survey respondent selection on individual-level measurement of ownership and control of assets. The Methodological Experiment on Measuring Asset Ownership from a Gender Perspective (MEXA) 1) differentiated across legal, economic, and reported ownership, as well as across the bundle of rights, and 2) identified individuals associated with each ownership construct and right in each treatment arm at the asset-level for 13 asset classes.
MEASUREMENT OF ASSETS: WHO SHOULD WE ASK?

Learn more about the experimental evidence on the effects of variation in respondent selection protocol on the estimates of individual ownership of and rights to assets in this presentation.
  MEASURING CONFLICT IN MICRO-LEVEL SURVEYS

The LSMS team is sponsoring a training course on "Measuring Violent Conflict in Micro-Level Surveys" in coordination with the Household in Conflict Network (HiCN) in Berlin, Germany on November 23-27. The training course aims to promote the collection of data on conflict through the implementation of household surveys in conflict-affected areas.

HOW DO WE MEASURE VIOLENT CONFLICT IN MICRO-LEVEL SURVEYS?

The Nigeria General Household Survey Panel Wave 3 has received a grant from DFID to oversample households in conflict areas and administer a conflict module so as to improve the level of precision of the conflict indicators. The conflict module will be designed following the Conflict Exposure Module (CEM).

 
             
  FEATURED PAPER       BEYOND LSMS  
             
  OWN AGRICULTURAL PRODUCTION INFLUENCES HOUSEHOLD NUTRITION

Andrew Dillon, Kevin McGee, and Gbemisola Oseni explore the linkages between agricultural production and household nutrition for Nigerian farmers. They find that agricultural revenue and crop diversity are both linked to household dietary diversity and composition. Get the whole story here: Agricultural Production, Dietary Diversity, and Climate Variability.
  A 10% increase in agricultural revenue or crop diversity results in a 1.8% or 2.4% increase in dietary diversity respectively   MONITORING WATER AND SANITATION FOR ALL

The post-2015 SDGs have recharged the effort to monitor water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) worldwide. The WHO/UNICEF JMP and MICS, DHS, the World Bank Global Water Practice, and LSMS team are actively advancing methodological harmonization across surveys aimed at enhancing the relevance of household surveys for measures of progress and for policy. Click here for more information.
 
             





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