EPAR Research Brief #332
Fri, 02/26/2016
Pierre Biscaye
Margaret Beetstra
Melissa Greenaway
Jordan Clarke
Audrey Lawrence
C. Leigh Anderson
Travis Reynolds

Household survey data are a key source of information for policy-makers at all levels. In developing countries, household data are commonly used to target interventions and evaluate progress towards development goals. The World Bank’s Living Standards Measurement Study - Integrated Surveys on Agriculture (LSMS-ISA) are a particularly rich source of nationally-representative panel data for six Sub-Saharan African countries: Ethiopia, Malawi, Niger, Nigeria, Tanzania, and Uganda. To help understand how these data are used, EPAR reviewed the existing literature referencing the LSMS-ISA and identified 415 publications, working papers, reports, and presentations with primary research based on LSMS-ISA data. We find that use of the LSMS-ISA has been increasing each year since the first survey waves were made available in 2009, with several universities, multilateral organizations, government offices, and research groups across the globe using the data to answer questions on agricultural productivity, farm management, poverty and welfare, nutrition, and several other topics.

Type of Research: 
Literature Review
Research Topic Category: 
Sustainable Agriculture & Rural Livelihoods
Agricultural Productivity, Yield, & Constraints
Agricultural Inputs & Farm Management
Environment & Climate Change
Finance & Investment
Market & Value Chain Analysis
Household Well-Being & Equity
Food Security & Nutrition
Education & Training
Labor & Time Use
Risk, Preferences, & Decision-Making
Geographic focus: 
Sub-Saharan Africa

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