Can Diaries Help Improve Agricultural Production Statistics? Evidence from Uganda

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Klaus Deininger

World Bank - Development Economics Group (DEC); World Bank - Development Research Group (DECRG)

Calogero Carletto

World Bank; World Bank - Development Research Group (DECRG)

Sara Savastano

International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD); University of Rome Tor Vergata - Faculty of Economics; World Bank

James Muwonge

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Date Written: June 1, 2011

Abstract

Although good and timely information on agricultural production is critical for policy-decisions, the quality of underlying data is often low and improving data quality could have a high payoff. This paper uses data from a production diary, administered concurrently with a standard household survey in Uganda to analyze the nature and incidence of responses, the magnitude of differences in reported outcomes, and factors that systematically affect these. Despite limited central supervision, diaries elicited a strong response, complemented standard surveys in a number of respects, and were less affected by problems of respondent fatigue than expected. The diary-based estimates of output value consistently exceeded that from the recall-based production survey, in line with reported disposition. Implications for policy and practical administration of surveys are drawn out.

Keywords: Crops and Crop Management Systems, Climate Change and Agriculture, Food Security, Educational Sciences, Labor & Employment Law, Gender and Development

Suggested Citation

Deininger, Klaus and Carletto, Calogero and Savastano, Sara and Muwonge, James, Can Diaries Help Improve Agricultural Production Statistics? Evidence from Uganda (June 1, 2011). World Bank Policy Research Working Paper No. 5717, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1876293

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Calogero Carletto

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Sara Savastano

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James Muwonge

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