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In search of improved rural livelihoods in semi-arid regions through local management of natural resources: lessons from case studies in Zimbabwe

Frost, Peter, Campbell, Bruce M., Luckert, Martin (Marty) K., Mutamba, Manyewu, Mandondo, Alois and Kozanayi, Witness (2007). In search of improved rural livelihoods in semi-arid regions through local management of natural resources: lessons from case studies in Zimbabwe. World Development,35(11):1961-1974.

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Title In search of improved rural livelihoods in semi-arid regions through local management of natural resources: lessons from case studies in Zimbabwe
Author Frost, Peter
Campbell, Bruce M.
Luckert, Martin (Marty) K.
Mutamba, Manyewu
Mandondo, Alois
Kozanayi, Witness
Journal Name World Development
Publication Date 2007
Volume Number 35
Issue Number 11
ISSN 0305-750X   (check CDU catalogue  open catalogue search in new window)
Scopus ID 2-s2.0-35648969076
Start Page 1961
End Page 1974
Total Pages 14
Place of Publication Oxford, United Kingdom
Publisher Elsevier
Field of Research 1402 - Applied Economics
HERDC Category C1 - Journal Article (DEST)
Abstract We use case studies from Zimbabwe to illustrate the complexities that can undermine development efforts in semi-arid mixed farming areas. Livelihood improvement and micro-catchment management were considered in the context of portfolios of household activities. While technical and institutional interventions may strengthen safety nets, they did not appear to reduce poverty significantly. Managing common-pool resources and implementing the necessary institutional changes involved substantial and unsustainable transaction costs. Effective alleviation of poverty requires integrated, multi-tiered, and long-term interventions that expand economic opportunities and empower people to drive their own development.
Keywords Africa
catchments
common pool resources
empowerment
livelihoods
Zimbabwe
DOI http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.worlddev.2006.11.012   (check subscription with CDU E-Gateway service for CDU Staff and Students  check subscription with CDU E-Gateway in new window)
 
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