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Research article2010Peer reviewedOpen access

Forest incomes and poverty alleviation under participatory forest management in the Bale Highlands, Southern Ethiopia

Tesfaye, Yemiru; Roos, Anders; Campbell, B M; Bohlin, Folke

Abstract

There is an increasing interest in understanding the role forest products and forest resource management in rural livelihoods and poverty reduction strategies. This study investigates the contribution of forest resources to the livelihoods of rural households under a participatory management arrangement in southern Ethiopia. Data were collected through key informant interviews, group discussion, and household surveys from a total of 350 households. Income data were collected in four separate seasons at intervals of three months. The result indicates that forest products are the most important sources of income contributing to 34% and 53% of household per capita income and per capita cash income, respectively. Forest income also helps 20% of the population to remain above the poverty line. Forest income reduces inequality (Gini coefficient) by 15.5%. In general, the result confirms the importance of forest income in poverty alleviation and as safety nets in times of income crisis.

Keywords

rural livelihoods; Forest user groups; Household income; forest dependency; co-management

Published in

International Forestry Review
2010, Volume: 12, number: 1, pages: 66-77
Publisher: COMMONWEALTH FORESTRY ASSOC

      SLU Authors

    • Tesfaye, Yemiru

      • Department of Forest Products, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences
      • Roos, Anders

        • Department of Forest Products, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences
        • Bohlin, Folke

          • Department of Forest Products, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences

        Sustainable Development Goals

        SDG1 No poverty
        SDG10 Reduced inequalities

        UKÄ Subject classification

        Economics and Business
        Forest Science
        Social Sciences

        Publication identifier

        DOI: https://doi.org/10.1505/ifor.12.1.66

        Permanent link to this page (URI)

        https://res.slu.se/id/publ/48185