The project commissioned two independent household surveys; the first one with field work in December 2009 / January 2010 and the other one at the end of the Project.
Evaluating the Rural Capacity Building Project (RCBP) involves an examination of whether the capacity building of FTCs increased the use of extension services by women at the kebele, or neighborhood, level in both female-headed and male-headed households. To determine the effectiveness of the RCBP, this project explores female farmers' demand for extension advice and how it differs from male farmers' demand. Surveys asked women about their extension use and demand after the project had been implemented.
By analyzing baseline and endline surveys, a double-difference estimator can be used to assess the project's impact. Information on farmers' plots and livestock can be compared over time to determine the effectiveness of the project. Other information such as consumption, housing, and household assets can be analyzed over time to see the effect of the RCBP on any of these variables.
The Rural Capacity Building Project was launched in 2006 by Ethiopia’s Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MoARD) to make agricultural services and systems more responsive to clients' needs. In particular, a goal is to make clients aware of economically viable and environmentally sustainable technologies and practices. The project aims to make improvements in five major areas: agricultural technical and vocational education and training, agricultural extension services, agricultural research, information and communication systems within the MoARD, and agriculture market institutions. The project also seeks to improve women's participation in the extension system and to provide insight on HIV/AIDS and environmental issues in the region.
- Farmers’ perception of the RCBP’s effectiveness
- Involvement with Development Agents (DA) and Farmer Training Centers (FTC)
- Involvement with Farmer Research Groups or Farmer Research Extension Groups
- Changes in household incomes and consumption
- Land plot maintenance and crop productivity
- Crop production and utilization
- Livestock utilization
Kind of Data
Sample survey data [ssd]
Unit of Analysis
Version 02. Public use file, name of the household head has been removed the data.
The Ethiopia Capacity Building Project (RCBP), Baseline Survey covered the following topics:
A. Identification (Geographic Area Identification)
B. Household Roster
C. Consumption [monthly and annual expenditures; finances and shocks; household assets; housing]
D. Access to Agricultural Extension Services [Farmer Training Centers; Development Agencies; Farmer Innovation Fund]
E. Plot Roster [crop production inputs; crop production and utilization]
Gender; HIV/AIDS; Environmental policies and institutions; Managing for development results; Rural services and infrastructure
Amhara, Oromia, SNNP, Benshangul Gumaz, and Afar regions
The data are from a baseline survey used to gauge the progress of the RCBP that had been implemented two years prior in Ethiopia.
Producers and sponsors
World Bank Africa Gender Lab
Canadian International Development Agency
Funding the study
International Development Association
Funding the study
The participating households were randomly chosen from the Amhara, Oromia, SSNP, Benshangul Gumaz, and Afar regions. The sample consists of 1,609 households from Ethiopia's Amhara, Oromia, SSNP, Benshangul Gumaz, and Afar regions. Among the 1,609 households, there are 1,136 male and 473 female respondents. Among these, 10 male respondents are not heads of their households, and 46 women are not heads of their household. Thus 1,172 households have a male head, and 437 households have a female head. The average size of a household is 6 people, mostly consisting of the household head, spouse, and children. The average age of a household head is about 44. Lastly, 1,008 household heads have no education and 596 have attended at least one year of school.
Dates of Data Collection
Data Collection Mode
Data Collection Notes
Data were collected with a household survey completed mostly by the household head, using a survey enumerator and supervisor. The survey primarily asked about the household head, including his/her basic information about each household member and the consumption patterns of the household. The survey is primarily concerned with the effect of RCBP on agriculture, so it asks about access to agricultural extension services through Farmer Training Centers (FTCs) and Development Agencies (DAs). Finally, the survey focuses on specific details about the plots, crop production, and livestock for each household. Some questions were a specialized multiple choice, and others required a numerical value. The remaining questions had answers of the form “yes / no / don't know / refuse to answer” or “everytime / sometimes / one-one time / never/ don't know / refuse to answer.
The survey questionnaire consists of six sections.
Africa Regional Office, The World Bank
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- the title of the survey (including country, acronym and year of implementation)
- the survey reference number
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