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

Posted: 16 Jul 2001

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Christopher B. Barrett

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

Thomas Reardon

Michigan State University - Department of Agricultural Economics

Patrick Webb

Tufts University

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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.

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Barrett, Christopher B. and Reardon, Thomas A. and Webb, Patrick, Nonfarm Income Diversification and Household Livelihood Strategies in Rural Africa: Concepts, Dynamics, and Policy Implications. Forthcoming in Food Policy. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=270494

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