LSMS Knowledge Newsletter

FALL 2014
ISSUE 1


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  A MESSAGE FROM GERO CARLETTO
- LSMS Manager

Gero Carletto, LSMS ManagerWelcome 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!
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- Integrated Surveys on Agriculture (LSMS-ISA)


The LSMS-ISA project collaborates with the national statistics offices of its 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.
 
Map of Partner Countries
Keep an eye on this section for country highlights in the coming issues.
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  Agriculture in Africa – Telling Facts from Myths

Agriculture in Africa brochure linkGovernments, donors, and the private sector are 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. This initiative revisits 15 commonly perceived wisdoms about African Agriculture.

COMMON WISDOM 1: THE USE OF MODERN INPUTS, LIKE CHEMICAL FERTILIZER, REMAINS DISMALLY LOW IN AFRICA

FACT: LSMS-ISA DATA SHOW THAT 35% OF HOUSEHOLDS USE INORGANIC FERTILIZER

HOUESEHOLDS USING INORGANIC FERTILIZER
HOUESEHOLDS USING INORGANIC FERTILIZER
For the 10 new takeaways on Africa’s input use, see: Understanding the agricultural input landscape in Sub-Saharan Africa
  GENDER: LEVELING THE FIELD


LSMS research program "Gender Differentials in Agricultural Productivity: Identifying Opportunities for Agricultural Growth in Sub-Saharan Africa" has been established with funding from the International Fund for Agricultural Development.

Women Farmers in Africa produce between 13% and 25% less than their male counterparts


A select set of country studies that have been commissioned under the research program to understand gender agricultural productivity differences have been distilled as part of the policy-oriented report "Leveling the Field: Improving Opportunities for Women Farmers in Africa", which was produced by the World Bank and the ONE Campaign. Selected background papers Ethiopia, Malawi, and Nigeria.
  Livestock: "Bullish prospects for livestock data"

Since 2010, the LSMS team has been collaborating with livestock experts from client countries, the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the UN, and the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) to improve the collection of livestock data in LSMS-type surveys. The work focuses on improving livestock modules in household surveys, validating methods, and using the data to analyze the role of livestock rearing in livelihoods and in food consumption and nutrition.


Less than 1/3 of households vaccinate their livestock in Tanzania


PROJECT:
Livestock Data Innovation in Africa

PAPER:
Livestock and livelihoods in rural Tanzania

BOOK:
Investing in the Livestock Sector
Why good numbers matter
 
             
  FEATURED PAPER       BEYOND LSMS  
             
  POST HARVEST LOSS

“Using self-reported data on farm post-harvest loss (PHL) estimates from three LSMS-ISA household surveys Jonathan Kaminski and Luc Christiaensen find that on-farm PHL reduces national maize harvest by 1.4-5.9%. To learn more, see Policy Research Working Paper: Post-Harvest Loss in Sub-Saharan Africa - What Do Farmers Say?
    World Bank Spring Meetings

The LSMS-ISA datasets and research developed in partnership with the LSMS team were featured during the “Increase Agricultural Productivity In Africa: New Evidence To Guide Policy” session of the Spring Meetings, sponsored by the Africa Region. To watch the video, go to “Increase Agricultural Productivity in Africa”.