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Total number of grasscutters on homestead

This is a 5-digit variable that represents the number of grasscutters on the homestead, except for the following codes:

99990 = Logical edit
99996 = Not interviewed (household questionnaire)
99997 = Don't know
99998 = No response
99999 = NIU (not in universe)


GRASSCUTHOME reports the total number of "grasscutters" on the household's homestead, regardless of who owns them. "Grasscutter" refers to the greater cane rat, a small rodent that is utilized as a food source in Ghana and other areas of West Africa.

Users should be careful to distinguish this variable from GRASSCUTNUM (the number of grasscutters owned by the household).

Enumerators were instructed to code "Don't know" or "No response" cases as -88 and -99, respectively. However, in some samples, a select number of enumerators recorded an unexpectedly high number of 88 and 99 values for livestock variables. We believe the majority of these cases were intended to represent "don't know" and "no responses" instead of indicating a number of livestock. IPUMS has recoded these cases to "Logical edit - missing".

The question associated with this variable was included in the household questionnaire.


There are no comparability issues.


  • Persons in households with livestock on the homestead.


  • Ghana: 2014-2017