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The United Nations has set ambitious targets to meet 17 Sustainable Development Goals, but choosing a particular intervention to achieve a given goal in a specific context – and measuring progress in meeting it – remains a challenge.

A new survey tool, the Rural Household Multi-Indicator Survey (RHoMIS), solves the problem neatly by analyzing the information needed quickly and cost-effectively across diverse rural contexts. RHoMIS is a flexible open-source digital platform for data collection, analysis and visualization. It can be easily modified to meet a range of needs, while collecting a core set of reliable data that informs global discussions, intervention strategies and policy options. Uptake of the tool has been remarkably rapid. Less than two years after its launch, it is now being applied in more than 40 sites in 16 countries.

RHoMIS is designed to:

  • contribute to the standardization of indicator sets and procedures for data collection and data analysis at smallholder farm household level;
  • develop time- and cost-efficient tools that link agricultural management and production options to income, food security and nutritional status;
  • use these tools to identify and track the different development pathways that can improve the income, food security and nutritional status of different groups of smallholder farmers, within and across sites in the developing world.

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