Agricultural Sample Enumeration, Farm Practice 2001-2002 (1994 E.C)
Agricultural Census [ag/census]
Ethiopia is endowed with abundant resources suitable for agriculture. As result of which the agricultural activity in Ethiopia is quite varied being conditioned by such factors as climate, soils topography, ... etc that have favored not only the employment of the majority of the country's population but also served as the main source of input (raw material) for the large and medium scale industries as well as the main generator of the country's foreign currency earnings.
Though agriculture is the backbone of Ethiopian economy it is characterized by low level of productivity and subsistence farming system that have resulted hand to mouth production. Nowadays the problem mentioned has become more acute as a result of two factors. First the number of people is increasing at a rate that doubles the present population of the country in about a generation. Secondly this is occurring at a time when the area of new land suitable for cultivation is rapidly diminishing.
Till recently traditional practice such as use of animal dung and crop residue crop rotation and expanding cultivable crop land had helped a lot to increase productivity, however, the problem mentioned above has become more acute and beyond the limits of the traditional practices which of course had already been exhausted. Hence, the scale of severity of the country's food and other related problems will be so great that a massive short and longrange innovative efforts will be required to solve it.
As a result, increasing productivity on various field crops is the only realistic option to raise the living standards of the rural population and to ensure food security and poverty alleviation. There are many modern techniques and technologies of achieving enhanced crop productivity. Accordingly, the major factors behind achieving high level of crop productivity increases are greater and more efficient use of fertilizers, wide spread uses of improved variety seeds, pesticides, expanded use of irrigation and effective extension services.
This section of the EASE is therefore, deals with the agricultural census data that indicates the type of inputs applied, quantity of inputs applied, the irrigated cropland area, estimates of cropland area damage, number of holders who applied different agricultural inputs and farm management practices, and number of holders covered by extension package programs
Kind of Data
Census/enumeration data [cen]
Unit of Analysis
Household/ Holder/ Crop
Version 1.1: Edited and non anonymized dataset, for internal use only.
The scope of Agricultural Sample Enumeration (farm practice module) includes:
- Identification particulars
- Area under permanent crops and agricultural practice
- Miscellaneous questions
- Area under temporary crops and agricultural practice
- Area under mixed crops and agricultural practice
The 2001-2002 (1994 E.C) Agricultural Sample Enumeration was designed to cover the rural and urban parts of all districts ("weredas") in the country on a large-scale sample basis excluding the pastoralist areas of the Afar and Somali regional states.
Producers and sponsors
Central Statistical Authority
Ministry of Finance and Economic Development
Government of Ethiopia
The list of enumeration areas for each wereda was compiled from the 1994 Ethiopian Population and Housing Census cartographic work and was used a frame for the selection of the Primary Sampling Units (PSU). The 1994 Population and Housing Census enumeration area maps of the region for the selected sample EA's were updated, and the EA boundaries and descriptions were further clarified to reflect the current physical situation. The sampling frame used for the selection of ultimate sampling units (agricultural households) was a fresh list of households, which was prepared by the enumerator assigned in the sampled EA's using a prescribed listing instruction at the beginning of the launching of the census enumeration.
In order to meet the objectives and requirements of the EASE, a stratified two-stage cluster sample design was used for the selection of ultimate sampling units. Thus, in the regions each wereda was treated as stratum for which major findings of the sample census are reported. The primary sampling units are the enumeration areas and the agricultural households are secondary (ultimate) sampling units. Finally, after the selection of the sample agricultural households, the various census forms were administered to all agricultural holders within the sampled agricultural households.
For the private peasant holdings in the rural areas a fixed number (25) of sample EA's in each wereda and 30 agricultural households in each EA were randomly selected (determined). In urban areas, weredas with urban EA's of less than or equal to 25, all the EA's were covered. However, for weredas with greater than 25 urban EA's, sample size of 25 EA's was selected. In each sampled urban EA, 30 agricultural households were randomly selected for the census. The sampled size determination in each wereda and thereby in each EA was based upon the required precision level of the major estimates and the cost consideration. The pilot survey and the previous year annual agricultural sample survey results were used to determine the required sample sizes per wereda.
Sample Selection of Primary Sampling Units
Within each wereda (stratum) in the region, the selection of EAs was carried out using probability proportional to size systematic sampling. In this case, size being total number of agricultural households in each EA obtained from the listing exercise undertaken in the 1994 Ethiopian Population and Housing Census of the region.
Listing of Households and Selection of Agricultural Households
In each sampled enumeration area of the region, a complete and fresh listing of households was carried out by canvassing the households in the EA. After a complete listing of the households and screening of the agricultural households during the listing operation in the selected EA, the agricultural households were serially numbered. From this list, a total of 30 agricultural households were selected systematically using a random start from the pre-assigned column table of random numbers. The sampling interval for each EA was determined by dividing the total number of agricultural households by 30. For crop cutting exercise purposes (rural domain) a total of 20 agricultural households were randomly selected from the 30 sampled agricultural households. The systematical random sampling technique was employed in this case, because its application is simple and flexible, and it can easily yield a proportionate sample.
Dates of Data Collection
Data Collection Mode
Central Statistical Authority of Ethiopia
Ministry of Finance and Economic Development
Forms and equipment are instrumental in gathering information from various sources. The census forms are the vehicle and basic document for collecting the desired data. These include general-purpose forms covering farm management practices, demographic and economic characteristics, area, and production of both temporary and permanent crops; livestock, poultry and beehives ... etc. These forms are formulated for recording data generated through interview as well as objective measurements. Although the planning, organization and execution of the census were the responsibilities that rested within the CSA, development of the census forms was a tedious task that involved the formation of a working group composed of members of government and non-governmental organizations who are major users of agricultural data. Members of the working group were given the opportunity to identify their data requirements, define the needs of others and determine the specific questions that the forms should contain. The working group included the staff of the organizations that are involved in agricultural planning, collection of agricultural statistics and the use of data within the agricultural sector. The working group designed different forms for the various data items on crop area, production, and other variables of interest to meet the needs of current data users and also considered the future expectations. Attempt was made to make the content of the forms of acceptable length by distributing the variables to be collected in the different census forms.
The rural census questionnaires/forms included:
- Forms 94/0 and 94/1 that are used to record all households in the enumeration area, identify the agricultural households and select the units to be covered by the census.
- Form 94/2 is developed to list all the members of the sampled agricultural households and record the demographic and economic characteristics of each of the members.
- Forms 94/3A, 94/3B, 94/3C and 94/3D are prepared to enumerate crop data through interview and objective measurement.
- Form 94/5 is designed to record crop area data via the physical or objective measurement of crop fields.
- Form 94/6 is used to list all the fields under crop and select a crop field for each type of crop randomly for crop cutting exercise.
- Forms 94/7A, 94/7B, and 94/7C are developed for recording yield data on cereals, oil seeds, pulses, vegetables root crops and permanent crops by weighing their yields obtained from sub-plots and/or trees selected for crop-cuttings.
- Form 94/8 is prepared to enumerate livestock, poultry and beehives data by type, age, sex and purpose including products through interview (subjective approach).
- Forms 94/9, 94/10 and 94/11 are used to collect data on crop and livestock product usage; miscellaneous items and farm tools, implements, draught animals and storage facilities, in that order, by interviewing the sample holders.
"Belg" season questionnaires identified as:
- Form 94/12A and 94/12B that are used to record data on farm management practices of the "Belg" season.
- Form 94/4 was the questionnaire used for collecting data on crop production forecast for 2001-2002 and the data collected using this form was published in December 2001 subjectively, while 94/12C is for recording "Belg" season crop area through objective measurement and volume of production through interview approach.
On the other hand, the census questionnaires/forms used in the urban areas include:
- Form U-94/1 which used to record all households in the EA, identify the agricultural households and select the units to be covered by the census.
- Form U-94/2 is developed to list all the members of the sampled agricultural household and record the demographic and economic characteristics of each of the members.
- From U-94/3 is prepared to enumerate crop data through interview method.
- Form U-94/4 is prepared to enumerate livestock, poultry and beehives data by type, sex, age and purpose including products through interview (subjective approach).
- Form U-94/5 is used to collect data on crop and livestock usage.
Editing, Coding and Verification:
In the 2001-2002 Ethiopian Agricultural Sample Enumeration (EASE), the filled-in forms that were retrieved from 47 Branch Statistical Offices were primarily received and systematically registered at the documentation unit of the CSA head quarters in Addis Ababa. Before launching the actual editing and coding activities, the Natural Resources and Agricultural Statistics Department staff gave adequate training to the 157 editors and coders. These editors and coders carried out the manual editing, coding and verification of the filled-in EASE questionnaires in two shifts. At the outset, the editing and coding activities for the filled-in forms on area and agricultural practices took place; this was followed up by the editing and coding of the forms on the production of temporary crops (cereals, pulses, oil seeds, vegetables and root crops), livestock, farm implements, permanent crops, "Belg" and miscellaneous questionnaires region by region. For the filled-in forms on area and agricultural practices, verification was carried out on 100% basis for the first five weeks from the launching of the activity and then considering the quality performance of editor-coders the activity was dropped to 66% of the forms gradually. On the other hand, the verification activity has been carried out on 100% basis for the filled-in forms on production of the temporary and permanent crops, livestock, farm implements and all other completed forms. For the total country, the editing, coding and verification of the filled-in forms in general took about 330.6 working days. That is, the editing, coding and verification of the filled-in forms for area, agricultural practice, the production of the temporary and permanent crops, and livestock took about 198.5 working days, while that of the filled-in forms on farm implements, demographic characteristics, Belg season and the urban forms took around 132.1 working days.
Data Entry, Cleaning and Tabulation:
About 144 data encoders were assigned to undertake the data entry activity of 2001/02 EASE and it has been carried out on two-shift basis. Before the starting of the data entry operation data encoders were trained for about 5 days using computer programs developed by the Data Processing Department staff. The Programmers prepared the data entry programs using CENTRY, which is a data entry module of IMPS (Integrated Microcomputer Processing System). The data entry exercise has been carried out using 76 personal computers (PC's). Like that of the manual editing and coding activity, the filled-in forms on area and agricultural practices were entered first and this was followed by entry of the filled-in forms on the production of temporary crops, livestock, farm implements, permanent crops, "Belg" and miscellaneous questionnaires region by region till all the census data entry operations are completed. In order to ensure the quality of the data entry work, verification exercise was carried out. The entry of the filled-in forms on area and agricultural practices were verified on 100 % basis. Then the verification exercise was dropped to 66 % from the 6th week of the launching of the operation and was further reduced to 50% from the 10th week onwards by observing and assessing the magnitude of the percentage of errors. Later on verification process was carried out on 100% basis for the filled-in forms on the production of temporary and permanent crops, livestock, farm implements and all other completed forms. The verification activity was carried out through the process of re-entering the data. For the total country, the whole data entry process of the filled-in forms on area, agricultural practice, the production of the temporary and permanent crops, and livestock took around 253.1 working days, while that of the filled-in forms on farm implements, demographic characteristics, Belg season and the urban forms took about 257.9 working days. Data entered into the computer needs to be checked for completeness, consistency and validity. For this purpose computer edit programs were prepared by programmers using CONCOR, which is the editing module of IMPS. Using print-outs from these programs and referring to the filled-in census forms, corrections were made by nine trained manual data cleaning technicians. Moreover, nine other data-cleaning computer operators were involved in making the actual corrections of the data on the computer. Additionally, an intermediate set of instructions or programs were made available and applied on the data to prepare information suitable for tabulation. These programs were prepared using CSPro and IMPS software. Like IMPS Software, CSPro is used as a tool for entering, editing and tabulating data. CSA used the CSPro software for data editing and calculation of CVs. Data made ready for tabulation through the process of cleaning and intermediate programs was finally used to generate the required tables. This was done using tabulation programs developed by the senior programmers of the Data processing Department. The CENTS software, a tabulation component of IMPS, was used in producing the 2001-2002 EASE results.
Estimates of Sampling Error
Estimated procedure of parameters of interest like total, yield and ratio and their sampling errors is presented in Appendix I of the reports which are attached with this metadata. Standard errors and coefficients of variations of estimates for selected variables are also given as an annex at the end of each report.
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DDI Document ID
Central Statistical Agency
Ministry of Finance and Economic Development
Production and documentation of the study
International Household Survey Network
Review of the metadata
Date of Metadata Production
DDI Document version
Version 02: Adopted from "DDI-ETH-CSA-AgSE-FP-2001-v1.1" DDI, that was done by Ethiopian Central Statistical Agency.