Building the Evidence Base on The Agricultural and Financial Lives of Smallholder Households
The objectives of the Smallholder Household Survey in Bangladesh were to:
- Generate a clear picture of the smallholder sector at the national level, including household demographics, agricultural profile, and poverty status and market relationships;
- Segment smallholder households in Bangladesh according to the most compelling variables that emerge;
- Characterize the demand for financial services in each segment, focusing on customer needs, attitudes and perceptions related to both agricultural and financial services;
- Detail how the financial needs of each segment are currently met, with both informal and formal services, and where there may be promising opportunities to add value.
Kind of Data
Sample survey data [ssd]
Unit of Analysis
Households and individual household members
Unit of Analysis
Households and individual household members
The universe for the survey consists of smallholder households defined as households with the following criteria: 1) Household with up to 5 hectares OR farmers who have less than 50 heads of cattle, 100 goats/sheep/pigs, or 1,000 chickens; AND 2) Agriculture provides a meaningful contribution to the household livelihood, income, or consumption.
Producers and sponsors
Authoring entity/Primary investigators
Consultative Group to Assist the Poor (CGAP)- World Bank Group
InterMedia Survey Institute
The World Bank Group
The Bangladesh Bureau of Statistics
Technical assistance in sampling
Technical assistance in data collection and data processing
The smallholder household survey in Bangladesh is a nationally-representative survey, with a target sample size of 3,000 smallholder households. The sample was designed to provide reliable survey estimates at the national level.
Bangladesh is divided into 7 administrative divisions. Each division is divided into districts, sub-districts, wards (for urban areas) or unions (for rural areas). Each ward is further divided into mahallas while each union consists of mauzas. For the 2008 agricultural census, mauzas and mahallas were further divided into 153,945 enumeration areas (EAs).
The Bangladesh Bureau of Statistics maintains a list of 64,314 mauzas/mahallas. Among these, 750 mauzas/mahallas (i.e., 1.2% of the total number) have missing information on the number of agricultural households they contained in 2008. In addition, 18,377 mauzas/mahallas had less than 80 agricultural households. These mauzas/mahallas contain about 4.8% of the total number of agricultural households. The sampling frame for the smallholder survey consisted of the list of EAs for mauzas/mahallas containing at least 80 agricultural households in 2008. While at the mauza/mahalla level the number of agricultural households was available, at the EA level only the estimated number of (general) households was available along with the urban-rural classification.
Sample allocation and selection
To take nonresponse into account, the target sample size was increased to 3,158 households assuming a nonresponse rate of five percent observed in similar national household surveys. The total sample size was first allocated to the divisions based on the number of agricultural households in the sampling frame. Within each division, the resulting sample was then distributed to urban and rural areas in proportion to number of agricultural households.
Given that EAs were the primary sampling units and 15 households were selected in each EA, a total of 211 EAs were selected.
The sample for the smallholder survey is a stratified multistage sample. Stratification was achieved by separating each division into urban and rural areas. The urban/rural classification is based on the 2008 agricultural census. Therefore, 14 strata were created, and the sample was selected independently in each stratum.
In the first stage, EAs were selected as primary sampling units with probability proportional to size, the size being the number of households in the EAs. Prior to the selection, in each stratum, the list of EAs was sorted by district, sub-district, wards/unions, and mauzas/mahallas. A household listing operation was conducted in all selected EAs to identify smallholder households and to provide a frame for selecting smallholder households to be included in the sample. In the second stage, 15 smallholders were sampled in each EA with equal probability.
In each sampled household, the household questionnaire was administered to the head of the household, the spouse, or any knowledgeable adult household member to collect information about household characteristics. The multiple respondent questionnaire was administered to all adult members in each sampled household to collect information on their agricultural activities, financial behaviors, and mobile money use. In addition, in each sampled household only one household member was selected using the Kish grid and was administered the single respondent questionnaire.
The full description of the sample design can be found in the user guide for this data set.
Deviations from the Sample Design
The smallholder survey in Bangladesh is the fourth survey in the series, following the surveys in Mozambique, Uganda, and Tanzania. Fieldwork in those three countries has experienced a lot of failed call backs where identified eligible households and household members could not be interviewed during the time allocated to fieldwork in each country. As a result, the final sample size fell slightly short of the target. For this reason, in Bangladesh the number of households selected in each EA was increased from 15 to 17 following the household listing operation in all sampled EAs.
The user guide to the data set provides detailed tables on household and household member response rates for the Bangladesh smallholder household survey. A total of 3,355 households were selected for the survey, of which 3,163 were found to be occupied during data collection. Of these, 3,154 were successfully interviewed, yielding a household response rate of 99.7 percent.
In the interviewed households 5,408 eligible household members were identified for the Multiple Respondent questionnaire. Interviews were completed with 5,214 eligible household members, yielding a response rate of 96.4 percent for the Multiple Respondent questionnaire.
Among the 3,154 eligible household members selected for the Single Respondent questionnaire, all of them were successfully interviewed a response rate of 100 percent.
The sample for the smallholder household survey is not self-weighting, therefore sampling weights were calculated. The first component of the weights is the design weight based on the probability of selection for each stage. The second component uses the response rate at both household and individual levels.
The design weights for households were adjusted for nonresponse at the household level to produce adjusted household weights. Sampling weights for the multiple respondent data file were derived from adjusted household weights by applying to them nonresponse rates at the individual level. For the single respondent data file, the same process was applied after taking into account the subsampling done within the household.
Finally, household and individual sampling weights were normalized separately at the national level so the weighted number of cases equals the total sample size. The normalized sampling weights were attached to the different data files and used during analysis.
Dates of Data Collection (YYYY/MM/DD)
Mode of data collection
Computer Assisted Personal Interview [capi]
Two staff members from MRB coordinated and supervised fieldwork activities along with the independent QC team hired by InterMedia to oversee the overall quality function of data collection. The QC team stayed with the survey teams during fieldwork to closely supervise and monitor them.
Type of Research Instrument
To capture the complexity of smallholder households, the smallholder household survey was divided into three questionnaires: 1) The Household questionnaire; 2) the Multiple Respondent questionnaire; and, 3) the Single respondent questionnaire. It was designed in this way to capture the complete portrait of the smallholder household, as some members of the household may work on other agricultural activities independently and without the knowledge of others.
The household questionnaire collected information on the following:
- Basic household members’ individual characteristics (age, gender, education attainment, schooling status, relationship with the household head).
- Whether each household member contributes to the household income or participates in the household’s agricultural activities. This information was later used to identify all household members eligible for the other two questionnaires.
- Household assets and dwelling characteristics.
Both the Multiple and Single Respondent questionnaires collected different information on the following:
- Agricultural practices—farm information such as size, crop types, livestock, decision-making, farming association, and markets.
- Household economics—employment, income, expenses, shocks, borrowing and saving habits, and investments.
The Single respondent questionnaire collected the following information:
- Mobile phones—attitudes toward phones, use, access, ownership, desire, and importance.
- Financial services—attitudes toward financial products and services such as banking and mobile money, including ownership, usage, access and importance.
The questionnaires were translated into Bangla and then pretested on 9 February 2016. After the pretest, debriefing sessions were held with the pretest field staff and the questionnaires were modified based on the observations from the pretest. After the questionnaires were finalized, a script was developed to support data collection on tablets The script was tested and validated before it was used in the field.
The data files were checked for completeness, inconsistencies and errors by InterMedia and corrections were made as necessary and where possible.
The World Bank Microdata Library
Anderson, Jamie. 2017. National Survey and Segmentation of Smallholder Households in Bangladesh: Household Level Data. Ref: BGD_2016_SHS_v01_M. Washington, D.C.: CGAP. Downloaded from [URL] on [Date]
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