RHoMIS survey tool, digital and on paper

Here you will find the link to the paper version of RHoMIS v1.1. The digital ODK version is tested at the moment in a series of new applications in East Africa, and will be made available soon. We are also working on a simple CSPro data entry shell in which the data collected with the paper version of the survey tool can be entered. The data will then go into the same mySQL database structure as now is operational in the digital version, so that the existing R analyses files can be used to rapidly calculate all indicator values for each individual farm household.

RHoMIS version 1.1 (August 2016)

The paper tool can be used freely as it is, or can be used to inspire adaptations to your own survey tool. Important to note is that the Progress out of Poverty Scorecard implemented in this paper version is the one for Tanzania. You can easily find the scorecard applicable to your country of interest at http://www.progressoutofpoverty.org/.

If you use the tool, you would make us happy if you acknowledge the Hammond et al., 2016 Ag Systems paper and this website, but that is up to you! We are also making a big effort to build up a global database of RHoMIS(-like) applications for system characterization and assessment of the rapid developments taking place in the smallholder agricultural sector in the developing world, so again we would be very happy if you would like to contribute data of your RHoMIS application. You will then be involved in any publication based on analyses of data that you have contributed.

The survey tool will be continuously updated (for example we are currently testing a motivations and aspirations module in East Africa, as well as evaluating the results of an integrated farming indicator and a vulnerability indicator that were quantified in 6 South East Asia based applications), so you will see new versions appearing over time. The survey version 1.1 takes about 45-50 minutes per farm household. This of course depends a bit on the ‘talkativeness’ of the person interviewed so there are quite some interesting regional differences in the time it takes to complete the survey.

Among the different indicators that are captured by RHoMIS version 1.1 are the USAID FANTA Hunger and Food Insecurity Access Scale, the Household Diet Diversity Score in the good and the bad season, the Progress out of Poverty Indicator, a gender differentiated control indicator over the benefits of the different on and off farm activities, crop and livestock productivity, food availability, food self-sufficiency, gross income, cash value of production, importance of off farm income, market orientation, crop diversity and a TIER 1 based estimate of greenhouse gas emissions alongside a series of standard farm household characteristics (e.g. farm size, family size, livestock holdings, crops grown, livestock species kept, etceteras).