- 350 unique users from 18 countries
- 150 students and 200 researchers and development practitioners
- 70 PhD students
- over 150 research papers
- 36 doctoral dissertations based on the empirical analysis of VLS data in India and Africa.
"Other datasets I have used are no match for VLS"
Sunil Kanwar, Professor, Delhi School of Economics
"I have not seen any comparable datasets"
Christopher L Delgado, Strategy and Policy Adviser, Agriculture and Rural Development Department, World Bank
20 projects tested technologies and practices
- Real situations
- With baseline data already available
- On-farm data already available for feasibility analysis
- Relationships already built with an environment of trust with the village people
"One of the main contributions of renewed VLS is the ability to evaluate the way new technologies fit into the entire farming system. The contribution of the earlier panel provided analytical power to address some of these issues that simply will not be available anywhere else in the world."
Chris Udry, Henry Heinz II Professor of Economics, Economic Growth Center, and Council on African Studies, Yale University.
"...some of the most influential articles in empirical development use this dataset on themes such as nutrition, technology adoption, tenancy contracts, activity choice, consumption smoothing or risk sharing.”"
Stefan Dercon, Oxford University (and co-authors).
- ICRISAT’s breeding program incorporating traits useful for fodder
- establishment of IRLI and ICRISAT collaboration
- a new program on crop-livestock linkages introduced at ICRISAT (early 1990s)
- CAPRi (CGIAR Systemwide Program on Collective Active and Property Rights)
- the CGIAR Research Program on Policies, Institutions and Markets.
"The detailed information collected by VLS is better than any other data sets I have used" Emmanuel Skoufias, Lead Economist, World Bank.
"These are the only data sets in the world with which it is possible to study in-depth impact of seasonal and annual variations in agricultural output and labour demand on human behavior, contractual choices and production relations" Hans P Binswanger-Mkhize, Extraordinary Professor at University of Pretoria; Adjunct Professor, College of Economics and Management, China Agricultural University; Board member at Khanya- Africa Institute for Community Driven Development.
"It is hard to think of any other data set in development economics that
has been as influential as the village level data..."
Stefan Dercon, Oxford University (and co-authors)
Using VLS methodology, plus:
-> Livestock economics
-> Decision making by gender
-> Coping mechanisms
The first and only collection of the meso level data. Goes back to 1966. Data from different sources collated in to one place. Time series compatible.
-> Crop area + production
-> Livestock numbers and production
-> Land use (farming, forestry, wasteland)
-> Irrigation (by crop and source)
-> Wages (by gender)
-> Prices (farm gate by crops)
-> Input use (fertilizer, seed…)
-> Agricultural implements (tractors, pumps…)
-> Population (by rural/ urban, gender, farmer/laborers)
-> Infrastructure (roads, markets, banks,…)
-> Climate (rainfall, temperature)
-> Literacy (by gender and age)
• Resident investigators (male and female)
• Gender and nutrition study investigators
Flexibility for profit in Gujarat
Agriculture booms in Madhya Pradesh, but farmers look for off-farm income
Spotlight on agriculture in Bangladesh
Community-driven development initiatives finding success
Key changes in rural dynamics identified in Karnataka, India
Cash crops drive change in dryland farming