Agricultural Sample Survey, Belg Season 2009-2010 (2002 E.C)
Agricultural Survey [ag/oth]
The Central Statistical Authority (CSA) has been conducting Agricultural Sample Surveys on annual basis since 1980-1981 (1973 E.C.) to produce some of the statistical data that can be used in planning and policy making activities. The survey was interrupted in 1992-1993 (1985 E.C.) and 1993-1994 (1986 E.C.) because during these two years the CSA was fully engaged in undertaking the preparatory activities for the 1994 Population and Housing Census. However, after, undertaking the 1994 Population and Housing Census, the annual agricultural survey was resumed in 1994-1995 (1987 E.C.), and also conducted for the year 1995-1996 (1988 E.C.). It has since been conducted in 1996-1997, 1997-1998, 1998-1999, 1999-2000, 2000-2001, 2003-2004, 2004-2005, 2005-2006, 2007-2008, and 2008-2009.
For the past three decades, the Central Statistical Agency (CSA) has been conducting annual agricultural sample survey under which four integrated sample surveys designed for the collection of agricultural information on the performances of the sector were launched all over the country and used to disseminate the survey results to ultimate users on annual basis. The 2009/10 (2002 E.C.), Belg Season Crop Production Sample Survey, for which this report is meant for, is among the four integrated sample surveys launched on annual basis under the umbrella of the agricultural sample survey all over the country.
The objectives of the 2009/10 (2002 E.C.), Belg Season Crop Production Sample Survey is to produce basic quantitative information on cropland area, production and yield of major Belg season crops, as well as to provide quantitative information on the extent and use of different farm management practices on belg season crops such as fertilized crop land area and quantity of fertilizer used by crop and fertilizer type, irrigated crop land area, area under improved seed, pesticide treated cropland area, etc.
The adequate and timely supply of this information to ultimate users is therefore, important for use as a primary input in the process of policy formulation, designing developmental agricultural projects and programmes.
Kind of Data
Event/transaction data [evn]
Unit of Analysis
Household, holder, crop.
v01: Edited and data, first version, for internal use only.
The scope of annual Agricultural Sample Survey, Belg Season includes:
- Area identification and characteristics of agricultural holder's.
- Assessment of crop conditions (for Belg Season).
Agriculture & Rural Development
Food (production, crisis)
Land (policy, resource management)
The 2009-2010 (2002 E.C) annual Agricultural Sample Survey (Belg season) covered the entire rural parts of the country except the non-sedentary population of three zones of Afar & six zones of Somali regions. Accordingly the survey took in to account of all parts of Harari, Dire Dawa, and actually 59 Zones / Special weredas (that are treated as zones) of other regions.
Agricultural households from the sampled areas.
Producers and sponsors
Central Statistical Agency
Ministry of Finance and Economic Development
Government of Ethiopia
Funding the study
The list containing EAs of all regions and their respective households obtained from the 1999 E.C Cartographic Census Frame was used as the sampling frame in order to select the Primary Sampling Units (EAs). Consequently, all sample EAs were selected from this frame based on the design proposed for the survey. The second stage sampling units, households, were selected from a fresh list of households that were prepared for each EA at the beginning of the survey.
In order to select the sample a stratified two-stage cluster sample design was implemented. Enumeration areas (EAs) were taken to be the primary sampling units (PSUs) and the Secondary Sampling Units (SSUs) were agricultural households. The sample size for the 2009/10 agricultural sample survey was determined by taking into account of both the required level of precision for the most important estimates within each domain and the amount of resources allocated to the survey. In order to reduce non-sampling errors, manageability of the survey in terms of quality and operational control was also considered. Except Harari, and Dire Dawa, where each region as a whole was taken to be the domain of estimation; each zone of a region / special wereda was adopted as a stratum for which major findings of the survey are reported.
Enumeration areas from each stratum were selected systematically using probability proportional to size sampling technique; size being number of agricultural households. The sizes for EAs were obtained from the 1999 E.C cartographic census frame. From the fresh list of households prepared at the beginning of the survey 30 agricultural households within each sample EA were selected systematically.
Deviations from the Sample Design
To be covered by the survey, a total of around 1,200 Enumeration Areas (EAs) were selected. However, due to various reasons that are beyond control, in 96 EAs the survey could not be successful and hence interrupted. Thus, all in all the survey succeeded to cover 1104 EAs throughout the regions.
Dates of Data Collection
Data Collection Mode
Data Collection Notes
The Central Statistical Agency (CSA) Branch Statistical Office heads, field supervisors and enumerators, other supporting staff and drivers were all involved in the field operation activities of the 2009/10 (2002 E.C.) Belg season Crop Production Sample survey. To accomplish the data collection activities, all field enumerators were equipped with the necessary survey equipment (i.e. compass, programmable calculator, measuring tape, …etc). To assist with the field work and data collection activities all available four-wheel drive vehicles were used for supervision and collection of completed questionnaires.
Training of Field Staff
At the beginning of the survey year, the field staff-training program was carried out in two stages. The first stage consisted of trainees from the head office, branch statistical office heads, statisticians and some of the field supervisors for one week at CSA's headquarters in Addis Ababa. Those trained in the first stage conducted similar training for field supervisors and enumerators for12 days in the 24 Branch Statistical Offices, which are distributed all over the country. During the second stage training, the field staff were given detailed classroom instruction on the objectives and uses of the Agricultural Sample Survey (AgSS), concepts, and definitions of terms used, the method of area measurement, interviewing procedures, … etc. The enumerators and supervisors training also included a field practice to reinforce the procedures discussed in the classroom with regard to field area measurement, use of the programmable calculator and crop-cutting techniques.
Methods of Data Collection.
Except cropland area of major Belg Season crop, the data of which collected objectively using compasses and measuring tape, the information on production of major Belg Season crops and agricultural practices (uses of fertilizer, pesticide, improved seed and irrigation) were subjectively collected by interviewing the holders of sampled households. Appendix II illustrates the total number of EAs and households reporting for the 2009/10 (2002 E.C.), Belg crop production by region.
Central Statistical Agency of Ethiopia
Ministry of Finance and Economic Development
The 2009-2010 annual Agricultural Sample Survey used structured questionnaires to collect agricultural information from selected sample households.
List of forms in the questionnaire:
- CPSS Form 2002/3B: It contains form for listing holder information and crop productivity compared to last year.
- CPSS Form 2002/3C: It contains forms for crop productivity compared to last year.
Editing, Coding and Verification
To insure the quality of the collected survey data an editing, coding, and verification instruction manual was written, and 16 editors, data coders and verifiers were trained for one day to edit, code and verify the data using the aforementioned manual as a reference and teaching aid. The enumerator completed edited and coded questionnaires sent to the head office were thoroughly verified by trained verifiers on a 100% basis before the questionnaires were sent to the data entry unit. The editing, coding, verification and manual cleaning of all questionnaires was completed in 24 days.
Estimates of Sampling Error
Estimation procedure of totals, ratios, sampling error and the measurement of precision of estimates (CV) are given in Appendix I and II of the 2009-2010 Agricultural Sample Survey, Area and Production of Belg Season Crops Volume V report.
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"Central Statistical Authority of Ethiopia (CSA), Agricultural Sample Survey Belg 2009-2010 (AgSSB 2009), v01, provided by the National Data Archive. http://www.csa.gov.et"
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DDI Document ID
Central Statistical Agency
Ministry of Finance and Economic Development
Production and documentation of the study
Date of Metadata Production
DDI Document version
Version 02 (October 2013). Edited version based on Version 1.1 DDI (DDI_ETH_2009_ASSBS_v1.1_M) that was done by Central Statistical Agency, Ethiopia and reviewed.