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A methodology for assessing rural livelihood strategies in West/Central Africa: lessons from the field.

Malleson, R; Asaha, S; Sunderland, T; Burnham, P; Egot, M; Obeng-Okrah, K; ... Miles, W; + view all (2008) A methodology for assessing rural livelihood strategies in West/Central Africa: lessons from the field. Ecological and Environmental Anthropology , 4 (1) 1 - 12. Gold open access

Abstract

This paper critically evaluates and discusses some of the methodological practicalities of applying a combined participatory and small-scale survey approach to investigating rural livelihood strategies of people living in the humid forest zone of Southwest Cameroon, Southeast Nigeria and Southwest Ghana, with particular reference to assessing the economic importance of non-timber forest products. It describes the sampling methods used to select study zones, settlements and households as well as the participatory techniques and instruments used to differentiate households and gather information on rural incomes. Details of the successes and problems encountered during implementation are presented. The challenges faced by those conducting this study are also encountered by others carrying out comparable research. By sharing our experiences, we hope that the design of similar conservation and development-based research can be improved.

Type:Article
Title:A methodology for assessing rural livelihood strategies in West/Central Africa: lessons from the field.
Location:US
Open access status:An open access publication
Publisher version:http://eea.anthro.uga.edu/index.php/eea/index
Keywords:socio-economic survey methodology, rural livelihoods, participatory mapping, wealth ranking, West Africa, Central Africa
UCL classification:UCL > School of Arts and Social Sciences > Faculty of Social and Historical Sciences > Anthropology

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