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HH owns canoe, boat, or ship

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BOATANY indicates whether the household has a boat. The complementary variable BOATNUM reports the number of boats owned by the household.

Comparability — Index



Apart from slight differences in question wording, BOATANY is comparable across most samples. As discussed below in the information on specific countries, some surveys asked whether the household "owned" a boat, whether others asked whether the household "had" a boat. The latter wording might encompass renting or borrowing, as well as ownership.

The information in BOATANY is taken from the household record, linked to the record of the woman respondent. This information applies to household residents, not temporary visitors, so researchers may wish to exclude visitors using the RESIDENT variable (with visitors coded "2").

Comparability - Standard DHS

BOATANY is a country-specific variable not included in the standard DHS questionnaire.

Comparability — Benin [top]

The 1996 and 2001 surveys for Beninese survey ask whether the household "has" a canoe, while the 2006 Beninese survey asks about owning a canoe.

Comparability — Nigeria [top]

The 1999 and 2003 Nigerian surveys ask whether the household owned a canoe, boat, or ship.

Comparability — Senegal [top]

The Senegal surveys asked whether any household member owned "boats/fishing nets."

Comparability — Togo [top]

The 2013 Togo survey asked whether any household member owned "a canoe with a motor." Separate variables address ownership of a CANOE and of a boat with a motor (BOATWMOTOR).

Comparability — Uganda [top]

The 2001 Ugandan survey asks, "Does any member of your household own: A boat or canoe?"


  • Benin 1996: All women age 15-49.
  • Benin 2001: All women age 15-49.
  • Benin 2006: All women age 15-49.
  • Nigeria 1999: All women age 15-49.
  • Nigeria 2003: All women age 15-49.
  • Senegal 2005: All women age 15-49.
  • Senegal 2010: All women age 15-49.
  • Senegal 2017: All women age 15-49.
  • Togo 2013: All women age 15-49.
  • Uganda 2001: All women age 15-49.
  • Benin: 1996-C, 1996-H, 1996-B, 1996-W, 1996-M, 2001-W, 2001-C, 2001-H, 2001-B, 2001-M, 2006-M, 2006-W, 2006-H, 2006-B, 2006-C, 2006-W
  • Nigeria: 1999-H, 1999-B, 1999-C, 1999-M, 1999-W, 2003-C, 2003-B, 2003-H, 2003-W, 2003-M
  • Senegal: 2005-C, 2005-W, 2005-H, 2005-B, 2005-M, 2005-W, 2010-M, 2010-W, 2010-H, 2010-W, 2010-B, 2010-C, 2017-W, 2017-C, 2017-B, 2017-M, 2017-H, 2017-W
  • Togo: 2013-W, 2013-C, 2013-B, 2013-H, 2013-M
  • Uganda: 2001-M, 2001-W, 2001-H, 2001-B, 2001-C, 2001-W