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Household access to rural non-farm livelihoods. Synthesis of participatory rural appraisals and questionnaire surveys in four blocks of Madhya Pradesh (NRI report no. 2378)

Household access to rural non-farm livelihoods. Synthesis of participatory rural appraisals and questionnaire surveys in four blocks of Madhya Pradesh (NRI report no. 2378)

Kleih, Ulrich, Som, Richa, Kumar, Yogesh, Jena, Surendra, Singh, Amitabh and Singh, Leena (2003) Household access to rural non-farm livelihoods. Synthesis of participatory rural appraisals and questionnaire surveys in four blocks of Madhya Pradesh (NRI report no. 2378). [Working Paper]

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Abstract

The research findings presented here form part of a project concerned with improved understanding and appropriate policy development for the rural non-farm economy (RNFE). The research is being undertaken in India, Eastern Europe, and Uganda by the Natural Resources Institute (NRI) in collaboration with local partners, with funding from the UK’s Department for International Developme nt (DFID) under a collaborative agreement with the World Bank. This study presents the results of a Participatory Rural Appraisal and household questionnaire survey in Madhya Pradesh, which was undertaken by the NGOs Debate and Samarthan (Centre for Development Support) in collaboration with the Natural Resources Institute. The fieldwork was undertaken from November 2001 to August 2002. The objectives of the research were to identify farm and non-farm income sources of rural households, barriers to the uptake of non-farm employment, and opportunities, which can be translated into policy recommendations. The PRA was undertaken in eight villages within the Betul and Narshimpur Districts. Betul is located in hilly terrain next to the border with Maharashtra, has a relatively high Scheduled Tribe population, and is rich in forest resources. Narshimpur, on the contrary, is renowned for its fertile agricultural land and high yields of crops such as sugarcane or soybeans.

Item Type: Working Paper
Additional Information: [1] Acknowledgements (funding): We would like to thank the UK Department for International Development (DFID) for funding this research, and DFID India for their support and frank exchange of ideas. [2] Acknowledgements: The authors are grateful to all those who have contributed to this research study. Special thanks are due to the rural communities in Betul and Narshimpur Districts for their patience, goodwill and openness during the course of the surveys. We are indebted to our colleagues who have made contributions at the various stages of the study, in particular the data collection and entry teams, and Dr Philip Viegas for data analysis.
Uncontrolled Keywords: rural, non-farm economy, India, rural appraisal, household questionnaire, income, Betul, Narshimpur, livelihoods
Subjects: S Agriculture > S Agriculture (General)
Faculty / Department / Research Group: Faculty of Engineering & Science > Natural Resources Institute
Faculty of Engineering & Science > Natural Resources Institute > Food & Markets Department
Faculty of Engineering & Science
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Last Modified: 07 Sep 2015 16:44
Selected for GREAT 2016: None
Selected for GREAT 2017: None
Selected for GREAT 2018: None
URI: http://gala.gre.ac.uk/id/eprint/11634

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