Indicator Library

Resilience Indicator Library


Tools to Diagnose and Improve How Households Fare in Difficult Circumstances from Conflict to Climate Change

Definition: Household Resilience indicators serve to capture the capacities of families and communities to prepare for and to react to stressors and shocks in ways that limit vulnerability and promote sustainability.


Build on the best of current practices but in a fundamentally new way by streamlining and creating more pragmatic options so that resilience measurement is more easily measured and understood.

Distilling best practices and then streamlining so anyone can use and understand resilience metrics, a vital component of poverty reduction.

A Sample Of Global themes
  • Shock and Risk
  • Community and institutional Environment
  • Living and working conditions
  • Basic humans rights and equity
  • Learning and innovation
  • Services and infrastructure
  • Soil
  • Water
  • Resource Management
  • Climate Change
  • Producer Livelihood
  • Other Resources

  • NAME


  • Water Quantity
    Water Conservation Measures

    Practices used to conserve water: drip irrigation, catchments, water-efficient processing, etc.

  • Water Quality
    Water Contamination Prevention Measures

    Practices used to prevent water contamination from: crop processing wastewater, animals, domestic discharge, cleaning of agrochemical application equipment, etc.


  • Conservation
    Local nutrient cycle

    Recycling of organic matter and crop wastes


    Severity and prevalence of observed erosion on farm (in relation to slope)


    Interplanting species for soil health, diversification, fertility

Resource Management

  • Resource/Input Management
    Integrated pest management

    IPM practices employed on farm

    Integrated Nutrient Management

    Producer's method(s) to determine fertilizer needs (soil analysis report, advice or assessment of a professional, observation, knowledge of nutrient depletion by previous crop, etc.)

    NPK use and efficiency

    Nitrogen, phosphorus, and potassium amounts in synthetic fertilizers used and compared to focus crop yields - indicates both efficiency and potential pollution

    Toxicity class of pesticides

    Amount of active ingredients in pesticides by toxicity class

  • Waste Management
    Responsible Waste Management

    Materials recycled, reused, or disposed of properly

Climate Change

  • Sequestration and Mitigation
    Land Use Change

    Conversion of natural land (e.g., prairie, forest, savanna) to land used for cultivation orpasture, or conversion from cultivated or pasture land to natural land

    Carbon stock

    Number, size, type of trees and other perennial woody plants

    Other climate mitigation and sequestration practices

    Refers to practices from previous indicators: Forestation,Nutrient Balance and Fertilizer Use and Efficiency, Responsible Waste Management, Local Nutrient Cycle


    Energy sources, costs for purchasing or producing, and use (electricity, gasoline, LPG, diesel, solar, wind, hydropower, wood from forests, prunings, managed woodlot, etc.)

  • Adaptation
    Climate adaptation practices

    Refers to practices from previous indicators: Soil and Water Conservation Measures, Species and Varietal Diversity.

    Environmental Training

    Producer's opinion on the value of environmental training programs: general perception of usefulness and indication of specific practices implemented as a direct result of training


  • Tree Density
    Trees per hectare

    Density of trees in farm habitats


    Number and types of trees planted or removed; land area altered by planting or removing trees

  • Plant Diversity
    Plant and tree diversity

    Levels of biodiversity: cleared land or pasture, monoculture, 2-3 cultivated species (sparse trees), 4-10 cultivated species (some trees), crop presence with multi-strata forest, fully functional natural forest; practices followed that preserve or enhance biodiversity

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  • NAME

Other/Financial resources

  • Credit
    Access to Credit

    Producer indicates that he or she could access medium sized production loan within a reasonable time, if needed; potential source of the loan

    Credit history

    Amount of credit received by a producer compared to the amount of credit requested (if any); terms of the loan, repayment history

  • Assets
    Productive assets

    Number of agricultural productive assets (medium scale equipment and large vehicles), livestock, and hectares of land owned/rented, and relative value.

  • Savings
    Access to savings

    Availability (presence and affordability) of savings organizations in the community.

    Savings history

    Type of savings tools implemented by the household and the corresponding amount saved (when applicable): investment in livestock/crops/material assets; participation in local savings group; money lending to others; money savings at home; savings at banks and formal institutions.

Producer Livelihoods

  • Income
    Net household income

    Total household revenue less total costs for focus crop production, other crop and livestock production costs, and costs for businesses run by household members

  • Diversification

    Portion of total production net income from focus crop, other crops, livestock activities, business activities.

    Number of income sources

    Number of other crops (including those intercropped with focus crop) cultivated by the household. Number of self-employed (e.g., taxi driver, plumber, technician, etc.), or business activities (e.g., convenience store, handcrafting, etc.) in which household is involved. Number of animal products (meat, dairy, wool, honey, etc.) produced on farm for sale or for consumption. Number of other sources of income for the household (gifts, remittances, land rental, etc.).

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