Comparisons of LSMS-ISA data collection and dissemination efforts in Central America

This article aims the comparison of LSMS survey in Central American countries to increase current knowledge of survey methodologies and ensure the most efficient dissemination and utilization of the results. It is improve the availability, quality and relevance of agricultural data for policy and research in Central America. The criterion for this comparison consists of household survey data production, methodological validation/research, capacity building and dissemination. The integrated approach considers multi-topic questionnaire as agriculture plus non-farm, nutrition, inter alia, consumption –based welfare measure, global strategy to improve Ag statistics. The methodological validation/research is an extension of LSMS IV for improvement of following measures: crop yields (plot size, quantities, measurement tool, diaries/crop cards, crop cutting), module development/sourcebooks (income source, fishery, livestock, and community governance/empowerment. The results would have the following priorities and principles: a) Support and build longitudinal data systems that improve policy decision making, resource allocation, and priority setting, b) Ensure free public access to all data as soon as possible, c) Lower the costs of using data trough data access platforms, harmonization of methodologies, and through outreach and capacity building, d) Capitalize on synergies from integrating different types of data (e.g. broad representative surveys as LSMS, more intensive surveys/sentinel sites, censuses, geospatial data, etc.).

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May 24 2010
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C83; P52; E61.
This paper was presented in The Third Wye Global Conference. The Wye City Group on Rural Statistics and Agricultural Household Income is hosting its third global conference on agricultural and rural household statistics. The conference will be hosted by the Economic Research Service of the United States Department of Agriculture and is cosponsored by the Food and Agricultural Organization of the United Nations and the World Bank. Conference objectives Support the U.N. • Global Strategy to Improve Agricultural and Rural Statistics by highlighting international needs and opportunities to improve statistics on rural and farm households, and strengthen the process of collecting and disseminating statistics on rural and farm households in OECD and developing countries; and • Review and discuss revisions to the Wye Group Handbook on Rural Households’ Livelihood and Well-Being, and preparation of a Supplement to the Handbook on issues related to agricultural and rural statistics in developing countries.
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