RHoMIS information package

On this page you will find background information on RHoMIS, the most up-to-date RHoMIS version (just for looking! it is password protected against changes; if you would like to use it and adapt it please contact us), information on the outputs we currently generate with the survey and what kind of information we use for localizing’ it (i.e. making it fit-for-purpose for a specific application).

The RHoMIS User Pack is a zip file with all this information in a series of files, with pretty self-explanatory names. Most important one is ‘Rhomis_core_v1.3_stable_en.xls’, which is the ODK excel definition file of the current RHoMIS version. This file you can preview nicely on http://opendatakit.org/xiframe: upload the xls survey definition file and click ‘preview in enketo’ (and ignore the warnings).

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 1.3 takes about 30 – 45 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 1.3 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).