The role of forest-related income in household economies and rural livelihoods in the border region of southern China

The role of forest-related income in household economies and rural livelihoods in the border region of southern China

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Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2012
AuthorsHogarth, NJ, Belcher, B, Campbell, BM, Stacey, N
JournalWorld Development
Volume43
Pagination113-123
KeywordsAsia, China, environmental income, NTFP, off-farm income, poverty alleviation
Abstract

Quarterly socioeconomic data from 240 households are used to study the links between forest-related income and rural
livelihoods in southern China. Results show average forest-related income shares of 31.5%, which was predominantly derived from cultivated
non-timber sources. Forest-related income was important to households at all income levels, although lower income households
were more dependent due to a lack of other sources. Higher income households monopolized off-farm income and had more land than
low income households. Forest-related income could be increased by making forest land more accessible to the poor, improving productivity,
and removing constraints to smallholder engagement in timber marketing.

DOI10.1016/j.worlddev.2012.10.010

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