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Rural Livelihoods Information System (RuLIS)

Technical notes on concepts and definitions used for the indicators derived from household surveys











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    RuLIS – Rural Livelihoods Information System 2018
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    Rural areas are home to about 47 percent of the global population (in 2014) and to about 75 percent of the world’s poor and hungry people. A large share of this population depends directly or indirectly on agriculture for their livelihood. Information on rural incomes, livelihoods and living conditions plays a fundamental role in understanding medium and long term trends in the structural transformation of agriculture and rural economies. Comparable data are required to properly design, monitor and assess the impact of context-specific policies aimed at making the transformation more inclusive to reduce rural poverty, hunger and inequality. Accessible, timely and comparable information on rural incomes, livelihoods and their evolution, however, is not available in many countries, nor easily accessible. To fill this gap, FAO, the World Bank and IFAD have decided to collaborate in developing a Rural Livelihoods Information System (RuLIS). RuLIS will shed light on where and how people make a living in rural areas and to help improving their living conditions and will scale-up the production and compilation of data on incomes, livelihoods and rural development from a large pool of countries, and link them to policy making. RuLIS will also support the monitoring of SDG indicators 2.3.1 and 2.3.2
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    Measuring SDG indicator 5.a.1: Individual’s land ownership over agricultural land using data from the Rural Livelihoods Information System (RuLIS)
    RuLIS brief
    2021
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    RuLIS is a tool to support policies for reducing rural poverty, jointly developed by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) Statistics Division, the World Bank and the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD). RuLIS brings together harmonized indicators and comparable data across countries and over time on rural incomes, livelihoods and rural development and allows monitoring the status and progressr of Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) indicators. SDG 5.a1 measures women’s ownership rights and control over agricultural land. Through this indicator it is possible to assess the extent of women’s disadvantages in ownership and tenure rights over agricultural land, providing a basis for policy measures aimed at securing women equal opportunities and access to economic resources. This brief is the first analysis that employs a harmonized methodology for measuring tenure rights over agricultural land based on RuLIS data.
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    Gender and age dimensions in rural agricultural employment: analysis using Rural Livelihoods Information System (RuLIS)
    RuLIS brief
    2021
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    RuLIS is a tool to support policies for reducing rural poverty, jointly developed by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) Statistics Division, the World Bank and the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD). RuLIS brings together harmonized indicators and comparable data across countries and over time on rural incomes, livelihoods and rural development. Using the surveys that are processed as part of the RuLIS database project, this brief explores patterns and trends in rural employment for women and youth with a focus on agriculture in 16 low-income and lower-middle-income countries around the world: 11 from sub-Saharan Africa, two from East Asia and the Pacific, two from Latin America and the Caribbean, and one from Central Asia.

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