Nonfarm Income Diversification and Household Livelihood Strategies in Rural Africa: Concepts, Dynamics and Policy Implications

Posted: 26 May 2011

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Christopher B. Barrett

Cornell University - Charles H. Dyson School of Applied Economics & Management

Thomas Reardon

Michigan State University

Patrick Webb

Tufts University

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Date Written: August , 2001

Abstract

Asset, activity and income diversification lie at the heart of livelihood strategies in rural Africa. This paper introduces a special issue on the topic “Income Diversification and Livelihoods in Rural Africa: Cause and Consequence of Change.” We concentrate on core conceptual issues that bedevil the literature on rural income diversification and the policy implications of the empirical evidence presented in this special issue.

Keywords: employment, off-farm earnings, rural development

Suggested Citation

Barrett, Christopher B. and Reardon, Thomas and Webb, Patrick, Nonfarm Income Diversification and Household Livelihood Strategies in Rural Africa: Concepts, Dynamics and Policy Implications (August , 2001). Food Policy, Vol. 26, No. 4, 2001, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1847711

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Thomas Reardon

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Tufts University ( email )

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