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Natural resources and livelihood concepts in monitoring rural development in Madagascar : issues of measurement and interpretation

Benoit-Cattin M., Andrianirina N.. 2012. In : 28th International Conference of Agricultural Economists, August 18-24, 2012, Foz do Iguaçu, Brazil. s.l. : s.n., 20 p.. International Conference of Agricultural Economists. 28, 2012-08-18/2012-08-24, Foz do Iguaçu (Brésil).

Development can be seen as an asset portfolio management process, be it at national or household level. In Madagascar, there is a network of rural observatories which, for several years, has monitored numerous households in a number of different regions. To ensure a solid analytical base, the livelihoods conceptual framework is used in an attempt to quantify household strategies relating to the accumulation of capital and the diversification of incomes. A particularly dynamic region was chosen (Lake Alaotra). Among the 252 households monitored over a period of seven years, three main types of livelihood asset management trajectory were identified and associated with six types of income diversification trajectory. Identifying the asset trajectories proved most problematic, requiring work on the indicators and an increased use of survey. (Résumé d'auteur)

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