Community-Managed Forests and Household Welfare: Empirical Evidence from Nepal
34 Pages Posted: 6 Jul 2016 Last revised: 2 Jan 2018
Date Written: August 7, 2017
This paper evaluates the role of use of community-managed forests as a means of improving economic well-being of rural Nepalese households. It utilizes a nationwide survey consisting of detailed questionnaires related to household welfare and employs instrumental variable (IV) approach to investigate the linkage between community-managed forests and food consumption. Results show that households that use community-managed forests for firewood spend significantly more on food consumption than those dependent on government-managed forests. The study further finds that community-managed forest users appear to be more participatory and are more likely to find their food consumption adequate. Together, these results provide compelling evidence that community-managed forests can be an effective means of addressing food insecurity among rural households typically thought as possessing lower levels of social capital.
Keywords: Community-managed forests, Food consumption, Household welfare
JEL Classification: Q18, Q23, Q57
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