Rural Livelihoods and Diversity in Developing Countries

Paperback | June 1, 2000

byFrank Ellis

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Both livelihoods and diversity have become popular topics in development studies. The livelihood concept offers a more complete picture of the complexities of making a living in rural areas of low income countries than terms formerly considered adequate, such as subsistence, incomes, oremployment. Diversity recognizes that people manage by doing many different things rather than just one or a few things. This book sets out the rural livelihoods approach within the larger context of past and current themes in rural development. It adopts diversity as its principal theme and explores the implications of diverse rural livelihoods for ideas about poverty, agriculture, environment, gender, andmacroeconomic policy. It also considers appropriate methods for gaining quick and effective knowledge about the livelihoods of the rural poor for project and policy purposes.

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Both livelihoods and diversity have become popular topics in development studies. The livelihood concept offers a more complete picture of the complexities of making a living in rural areas of low income countries than terms formerly considered adequate, such as subsistence, incomes, oremployment. Diversity recognizes that people manag...

Frank Ellis is at University of East Anglia.

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Format:PaperbackPublished:June 1, 2000Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0198296967

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Part I. Concepts, Definitions, and Framework1. Livelihoods, Diversification, and Agrarian Change2. A Framework for Livelihoods AnalysisPart II. Dimensions of Diverse Rural Livelihoods3. Determinants of Livelihood Diversification4. Poverty and Income Distribution5. Agriculture and Farm Productivity6. Environment and Sustainability7. Gender and Rural Livelihoods8. Macro Policies and Reform AgendasPart III. Investigating Livelihoods for Policy Purposes9. Methods and Livelihoods10. A Case-Study in Rural TanzaniaPart IV. Looking Ahead11. Livelihoods, Diversification, and Policies

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`strongly recommended. If you only have time to read one book on livelihoods, this is it'Mary Tiffen, Development Policy Review