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Uganda and Malawi field pilots of proposed Living Standards Measurement Study fisheries module: summary report

Béné, C. ; Chijere Asafu, D.G. ; Allison, E.H. ; Snyder, K.
 
While an overwhelming majority of sub-Saharan African countries exhibit serious weaknesses in statistics pertaining to crop and livestock sectors, the deficiencies in terms of nationallyrepresentative data on the fishery sector are even more acute. The very little data available on the sector are essentially derived from case studies of selected fisheries, and the limited nationally representative data available are generally derived from a few questions included in the livestock section of household surveys. These do not permit the detailed characterization of the fishery production systems. As a consequence in many countries the decision-makers and planners lack the most basic information about the role and importance of the fisheries sector to their national economy. As part of an initiative called the Living Standards Measurement Study-Integrated Surveys on Agriculture (LSMS-ISA) project, a collaboration was developed between the World Bank and WorldFish to address this situation. This report provides detail on pilot testing of a fisheries module for living standards measurement surveys.