The Ethiopia Rural Household Survey (ERHS) is a unique longitudinal household data set covering households in a number of villages in rural Ethiopia. Data collection started in 1989, when a team visited 6 farming villages in Central and Southern Ethiopia. In 1989, IFPRI conducted a survey in seven Peasant Associations located in the regions Amhara, Oromiya and the Southern Ethiopian People’s Association (SNNPR). Civil conflict prevented survey work from being undertaken in Tigray. Under extremely difficult field conditions, household data were collected in order to study the response of households to food crises. The study collected consumption, asset and income data on about 450 households. In 1994, the survey was expanded to cover 15 villages across the country. An additional round was conducted in late 1994, with further rounds in 1995, 1997, 1999, 2004, and 2009. In addition, nine new villages were selected giving a sample of 1477 households. The nine additional communities were selected to account for the diversity in the farming systems in the country, including the grain-plough areas of the Northern and Central highlands, the enset-growing areas and the sorghum-hoe areas. T
Kind of Data
Sample survey data [ssd]
Unit of Analysis
Units of analysis in the survey include households and individuals
v1: Edited, anonymised data for public distribution
Data collected in the survey included: Household characteristics, agriculture and livestock information, food consumption, health, women's activities, as well as community level data on electricity and water, sewage and toilet facilities, health services, education, NGO activity, migration, wages, and production and marketing.
The survey had national coverage
The lowest level of geographic aggregation covered by the data is region
Producers and sponsors
International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI)
Centre for the study of African Economies (CSAE)
Department of Economics, Addis Ababa University (AAU)
Public access dataset, accessible for research purposes. The use of the data and its source should be acknowledged.
International Food Policy Research Institute, Centre for the Study of African Economies and Economics Department, Addis Ababa University. Ethiopian Rural Household Survey 1989-2009 [dataset]. Version 1. Washington: International Food Policy Research Institute [producer and distributor], 2011