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LSMS-ISA: Country Programs - Ethiopia

Living Standards Measurement Study: Integrated Surveys on Agriculture: Country Programs - Ethiopia

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LSMS-ISA: Ethiopia Map

NEW - The data from the 2011-2012 Ethiopia Rural Socioeconomic Survey are now available for downloading free of charge.


The LSMS-ISA project is supporting the design and implementation of the Ethiopia Rural Socioeconomic Survey (ERSS) with a focus on the demand for data on household welfare and income-generating activities in Ethiopia, and ensuring comparability with other surveys being carried out under the LSMS-ISA project in Sub-Saharan Africa. The support covers the period from 2009 to 2014; the panel households in the survey were visited in 2011/2012 and re-visited in 2013/2014.


The panel survey is implemented by the Central Statistical Agency of Ethiopia (CSA), and is integrated with the annual Agricultural Sample Survey (AgSS). The LSMS team is responsible for the management and technical design of the project, as well as for the provision of technical assistance and the support of analytical work resulting from the collected data.

Sampling and Survey Design

The sample for the ERSS comprises of 4,000 households in rural areas and small towns across Ethiopia. The sample is representative at the national level, and for some of the large regions/main agro-ecological zones/production systems. It is comprised of two types of enumeration area (EA); within each EA, a sample of twelve households is selected.

Questionnaire Design

The ERSS Wave 1 instruments include the following:

The ERSS Wave 2 instruments include the following:

  • Household Questionnaire (English)
  • Agriculture Questionnaire, post-planting (English)
  • Agriculture Questionnaire, post-harvest (English)
  • Livestock Questionnaire (English)
  • Community Questionnaire (English)

Field Work Implementation

Wave 1, from September 2011 to March 2012, surveyed a subset of Agricultural Sample Survey (AgSS) households as well as new non-farm households, with a computer-assisted interview application on ultra-mobile personal computers. As with the regular AgSS, the data collection is over a period of about 5-9 months depending on the area of the country and the seasons (from post-planting in the long rainy season to the start of the short rainy season). The AgSS is carried out through multiple visits to the households by the resident enumerators. The final visit for the ERSS is done after the crops have been harvested in order to get production data.

Fieldwork for Wave 2 began in September 2013 and is scheduled to finish in April 2014.

Data Documentation and Dissemination

All data generated are made publicly available (fully cleaned and with complete documentation) within twelve months of completion of each wave of data collection. The ERSS data is disseminated via the LSMS and the CSA websites.

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Last updated: 2014-02-12

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