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Cash from the Commons: Improving Natural Products Value Chains for Poverty Alleviation

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dc.contributor.author Nemarundwe, Nontokozo en_US
dc.contributor.author Ngorima, Gabriel en_US
dc.contributor.author Welford, Lucy en_US
dc.date.accessioned 2009-07-31T14:32:09Z
dc.date.available 2009-07-31T14:32:09Z
dc.date.issued 2008 en_US
dc.date.submitted 2008-10-29 en_US
dc.date.submitted 2008-10-29 en_US
dc.identifier.uri https://hdl.handle.net/10535/781
dc.description.abstract "Agricultural production in the southern African regions marginal areas where the majority of rural populations reside is highly unreliable, often due to poor soils, erratic rainfall and frequent droughts. Alternative livelihood sources are therefore needed to address the declining livelihood opportunities and increasing food insecurity. The natural products sector development being promoted by PhytoTrade Africa seeks to facilitate the generation of supplementary incomes for rural communities through the sustainable exploitation of wild harvested natural products. These natural products are harvested mainly from common pool resource areas. This paper draws on experiences from eight southern African countries to demonstrate that natural products trade can be an alternative source of livelihood to agriculture for poor rural communities, especially women who are often marginalised. Improvement in the livelihoods of these communities can be achieved through the development of efficient and reliable value chain and Fair Trade and organic systems within the natural products sector. The experience from southern Africa shows that the rural people living in marginal areas, and in particular women, are realising increased incomes from natural products that are used to meet household food requirements, pay childrens school fees, and make family investments such as purchasing livestock and household utensils." en_US
dc.subject livelihoods en_US
dc.subject trade en_US
dc.subject gender en_US
dc.subject poverty alleviation en_US
dc.subject common pool resources en_US
dc.subject natural resources en_US
dc.subject food supply en_US
dc.subject IASC en_US
dc.title Cash from the Commons: Improving Natural Products Value Chains for Poverty Alleviation en_US
dc.type Conference Paper en_US
dc.type.published unpublished en_US
dc.coverage.region Africa en_US
dc.subject.sector General & Multiple Resources en_US
dc.identifier.citationconference Governing Shared Resources: Connecting Local Experience to Global Challenges, the Twelfth Biennial Conference of the International Association for the Study of Commons en_US
dc.identifier.citationconfdates July 14-18, 2008 en_US
dc.identifier.citationconfloc Cheltenham, England en_US
dc.submitter.email efcastle@indiana.edu en_US

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