2011-2012 Ethiopia Rural Socioeconomic Survey

Short Name: 
ETH ERSS 2011-2012 

The Ethiopian Rural Socioeconomic Survey (ERSS) is a collaborative project between the Central Statistics Agency of Ethiopia (CSA) and the World Bank Living Standards Measurement Study- Integrated Surveys of Agriculture (LSMS-ISA) team. The objective of the LSMS-ISA is to collect multi-topic panel household level data with a special focus on improving agriculture statistics and the link between agriculture and other household income activities. The idea of the ERSS is rooted in the need to develop and implement a multi-topic survey that meets Ethiopia’s data demands and gaps, is of high quality, accessible to the public, and aligned with the National Strategy for the Development of Statistics (NSDS). The project also aims to build capacity, share knowledge across countries, and improve survey methodologies and technology. In implementing the ERSS, the CSA has established a framework to facilitate consultations with national and international organizations that would provide technical guidance and later utilize the data for policy decision-making and research purposes. These institutions include the Ministry of Agriculture (MOA), Ministry of Finance and Economic Development (MOFED), Agricultural Transformation Agency, World Food Program (WFP), International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), and Ethiopia Institute of Agricultural Research (EIAR).

The ERSS covered all regional states except the capital, Addis Ababa. It primarily collected information on rural areas. It was implemented in 290 rural and 43 small town enumeration areas (EAs).

Households will be reinterviewed in 2013-2014.

Documentation is available here.

Data is available here.

Source / Citation: 
2011-12 Ethiopia Rural Socioeconomic Survey 
First released on: 
1 Mai, 2013 
Last version on: 
1 Mai, 2013 
Use Policy: 
May not be distributed to non AGRODEP Network Members. 
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Prior to downloading the ERSS, you must complete the User Agreement from the Ethipopia CSA, located here.