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Rural Livelihood Diversity in Developing Countries: Evidence and Policy Implications

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Type: Working Paper
Author: Ellis, Frank
Date: 1999
Agency: Overseas Development Institute, London
Series: Natural Resource Perspectives, no. 40
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10535/4486
Sector: General & Multiple Resources
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Subject(s): rural development--developing countries
resource management--developing countries
Abstract: "This paper examines livelihood diversification as a survival strategy of rural households in developing countries. Although still of central importance, farming on its own is increasingly unable to provide a sufficient means of survival in rural areas. The papers objectives are first, to increase awareness of livelihood diversification in approaches to rural development; second, to consider the interactions among diversification and poverty, farm productivity, natural resource management and gender relations in rural areas; and third, to advance the policy understanding of diverse rural livelihoods."

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