One of the hallmarks of HarvestChoice’s strategic evaluation approach is its heavy reliance on large sets of household survey (micro) data. We are progressively assembling a collection of farm household attributes and using these to capture important characteristics of households, both urban and rural. Of particular importance are household measures of participation in the production and consumption of agricultural products. The potential direct benefits to farm households of improved production systems will be in part shaped by the amount and quality of their land and labor assets, their attitudes towards innovation and risk, and their access to new knowledge and services.

Our initial analysis of household datasets provides information grouped into two categories: general household characteristics and per capita consumption of agricultural products. We report these measures by first sub-national administrative unit, urban/rural, income tercile and sex of head of household.

For selected regions and districts in 13 sub-Saharan countries, the Household Attributes Reporting Tool returns mean household traits (education, income, expenditure and food security and food deficiency profiles). These estimates are derived from nationally-representative household consumption/expenditure surveys for the years 1994 through 2000 (varying by country). The results table displays means, standard errors and number of observations.

Primary Data Sources

There are three main sources of harmonized micro data in addition to national household surveys:

We currently provide five categories of indicators:

  1. household attributes (size, urban/rural, male/female-headed, age, education)
  2. income/expenditure levels
  3. market participation
  4. consumption patterns
  5. production systems (input use intensity)

Estimates (mean and standard deviation) at the regional level are disaggregated across the following classes:

  • urban vs. rural households
  • male- vs. female-headed households
  • 5 quintiles of total household expenditure (used as a proxy for household income)

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