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Access to rural non-farm livelihoods in Uganda (Literature overview)

Access to rural non-farm livelihoods in Uganda (Literature overview)

Smith, David Rider (2001) Access to rural non-farm livelihoods in Uganda (Literature overview). Technical Report. Natural Resources Institute, Chatham, UK.

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This literature review is an initial output of the Phase I study of the capacity of poor people to access sustainable rural non-farm employment (RNFE) and livelihood opportunities in Uganda. The purpose of the research, implemented by the Natural Resources Institute of the UK, and funded by the British Government Department for international Development (DFID) in collaboration with the World Bank, is to inform and assist the Government of Uganda, DFID and the WB in formulating pro-poor RNFE policies. The project's two main outputs focus on understanding the factors that condition access to RNF employment for the poor, and mechanisms for integrating these research results into relevant policy processes. The rural non-farm economy is diverse, and includes small-scale manufacturing and processing, trade, service-based enterprises and off- and non-farm labour. Analyses of national survey data in Uganda over the past decade have identified the important role that these varied sources of income play in the rural household economy. However, little is known about how rural dwellers become engaged in these non-farm activities, who can gain access to them, who cannot and why, and which are sustainable and potentially profit making. This review of literature looks initially at the RNFE and diversification in the context of economic, poverty and policy trends in Uganda. A dissaggregation of the RNFE is followed by an assessment of the determinants, or access factors, that govern households' ability to diversify, and the strategies employed. The review is concluded by a summary of the overall trends, and the issues identified in the literature.

Item Type: Monograph (Technical Report)
Uncontrolled Keywords: rural, non-farm, livelihood, Uganda, review, economic, poverty, policy, diversification, development
Faculty / School / Research Centre / Research Group: Faculty of Engineering & Science > Natural Resources Institute
Faculty of Engineering & Science > Natural Resources Institute > Livelihoods & Institutions Department
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