Vanuatu Household Income and Expenditure Report 2010
The 2010 Household Income and Expenditure Survey (HIES) was the second comprehensive survey of its type
conducted by the Vanuatu National Statistics Office (VNSO) to provide estimates of household income and
expenditure at the provincial level. The 2006 HIES was the first in the country with full national coverage and
reliable results at the province and municipal level. These two surveys have been used to derive indicators for
income and wellbeing, much needed information to monitor progress towards achieving national strategies for
improving household income through private sector led growth.
The HIES provides a wealth of information about household expenditure and income, including so called
‘subsistence activities’ where households produce and consume their own food from the land and sea, provide
household supplies like firewood and thatch and other items such as oils, handicrafts and clothing. This report
provides the main HIES results, with much more analysis possible from the data than that contained here.
There is a separate report containing the results of the poverty analysis of the HIES data.
My sincere thanks goes to the United States Government through the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC)
and the then Millennium Challenge Account, Vanuatu (MCA) for their funding assistance for this project and for
providing the technical assistance throughout the survey.
I wish to acknowledge the important contributions of VNSO staff in the successful conduct of the HIES and the
completion of this HIES, including Mr Harry Nalau his oversight of the survey and this report, the staff who
produced the separate chapters in this report and conducted the field training. Sincere thanks are also extended
to the provincial survey coordinators, supervisors and enumerators for working hard in the field collecting the
But it is the members of the households who patiently completed the detailed HIES questionnaires with the
survey enumerators and provided all of the necessary information required over the two week survey period
who justifiably deserve the greatest vote of appreciation and thanks in the preparation of this report.