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Agricultural Systems: Agroecology and Rural Innovation for Development, 2nd Edition by Barry Pound, Sieglinde Snapp

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Chapter 3

Farming-Related Livelihoods

Barry Pound

Abstract

This chapter recognizes that farmers face tough, complex decisions every day. They need a framework for deciding what to produce, how to use the products, how to complement farming with other activities, and what livelihood strategy to adopt for the medium to long-term. These decisions go beyond technical agriculture and into social, cultural, economic, infrastructural, and policy considerations.

We also need a framework so that we can provide balanced advice, develop relevant research programs, and formulate appropriate policies. The sustainable livelihoods framework, combined with the use of selected participatory rural appraisal tools, provides a powerful method to analyze the situation ...

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