Census & Surveys

Surveys conducted under this division are the Quarterly Employment and Earnings Survey; the Labour Force Survey first conducted in 2005 and; the Living Conditions Monitoring Survey (LCMS), which was first conducted in 1996.

Under the Agriculture and Environment Statistics Division, a Pilot Census of Agriculture was conducted in 1981/1980 after which a Census of Population, Housing and Agriculture was conducted in 1990. A Census in agriculture has since been conducted every after 10 years together with the Census of Population and Housing. The latest census of agriculture is the 2010 Agriculture Census. The Agricultural and Pastoral Production Survey (APPS), currently known as the Post-Harvest Survey (PHS) has been conducted every agricultural season and the first one was a 1973/74 Agricultural and Pastoral Production Survey. The latest one is the PHS for agricultural season 2015/2016 Post-Harvest Survey. Another survey that is carried out in the Agriculture and Environment Statistics Division is the Crop Forecast Survey.

The Information Research and Dissemination Division (IR&D) is in charge of providing statistical information to various publics and provide overall Information Technology (IT) applications to support statistical systems development and general data processing services. In addition, the division provides technical advice and services to individuals and institutions which intend to carry out special tailored surveys. Under this Division, there is a Dissemination office, Resource Centre, Gender Unit and the field coordination unit.

The Dissemination office provides statistical products to the general public in order to increase utilisation of statistics produced by CSO. Therefore, various Publications produced by CSO and also by other line ministries in collaboration with CSO, can be accessed through the Dissemination Office and the Resource centre. Some of the publications that can be accessed are “The Monthly Bulletin”, Selected Socio-economic Indicators, Gender Statistics report, Zambia in figures, to mention but a few. The Gender unit undertakes research and offers consultancy activities in management and analysis of gender disaggregated data while the Field coordination unit coordinates all field activities undertaken by the office.

In conclusion, the office produces a number of statistical products that may be used for various purposes including policy formulation, planning, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of programmes and projects.