Policy brief

Measuring income of smallholder farmers

Some insights from practitioners

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Measurement of income and economic empowerment is complex. This brief looks at how to determine the income of the target group in a programme like Strengthening African Rural Smallholders (STARS). And how to measure the changes in income due to programme interventions.

It presents four key lessons under the following headings:

  • Income can change quickly; poverty doesn't
  • Qualitative and quantitative data: we need both for actionable insights
  • Qualitative and quantitative tools are only as good as our reasons and methods for using them
  • Accountability counts