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In Search of Sustainable Livelihood Systems
Managing Resources and Change

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June 2018 | 396 pages | SAGE Publications Pvt. Ltd
`What a pleasure to find, at long last, a book on rural livelihoods which does not package sustainability through the straightjacket of assessment, numbers and capital' - Development and Change

Livelihood systems are much more than sets of material and economic conditions. They have to cater to a large number of human needs including food and shelter. The contributors to this important volume adopt a holistic approach to understanding rural livelihood systems. They maintain that a livelihood system embraces not just economic conditions for physical subsistence, but all the elements that provide material continuity and cultural meaning to the life of a family in a community.

This book tries to understand `rural livelihood systems' from different angles and throws light on the question of what people need in order to feel secure within their systems.

 
Introduction
Ruedi Baumgartner
Rural Livelihoods in Transition
Origins and Objectives of the Rural Livelihood Research Project  
 
PART ONE: MICRO AND MACRO PERSPECTIVES OF RURAL LIVELIHOOD
Ruedi H[um]ogger
Understanding Livelihood Systems as Complex Wholes
Rolf Kappel
Economic Reforms and the Livelihood of Rural Households
Evidence and Future Prospects  
 
PART TWO: RISKS AND OPPORTUNITIES FOR LIVELIHOOD SECURITY IN THE VILLAGES OF NORTH GUJARAT
Uma Rani
Core Issues in the Economy and Society of Gujarat
B N Hiremath, K V Raju and Anil Patel
Technology Adoption and Farm Management in Rural Livelihood Systems in Gujarat
H S Shylendra and Uma Rani
Rural-Urban Linkages, Occupational Diversification and Sustainable Rural Livelihood Systems
K V Raju, Uma Rani and Anil Patel
Role of Non-Economic Motivation in Natural Resource Management
The Example of Swadhyaya in a Gujarat Village  
Ruedi H[um]ogger
The Cross-Ploughed Field
 
PART THREE: GENDER ISSUES IN LIVELIHOOD DEVELOPMENT
Smita Premchander
The 'Real Realities' of Life
Exploring Rural Livelihood Systems from a Gender Perspective  
Smita Premchander and M Chidambaranathan
Gender and Leadership for Sustainable Natural Resource Management
Reality and Reflections  
 
PART FOUR: SOUTH INDIAN LIVELIHOOD SYSTEMS IN TRANSITION
G S Aurora
Core Issues in the Agrarian Economy and Society of Karnataka
G K Karanth, V Ramaswamy and Ruedi H[um]ogger
The Threshing Floor Disappears
Rural Livelihood Systems in Transition  
G K Karanth and V Ramaswamy
From Marey to Market
Changing Faces of Rural Livelihood Systems  
V Ramaswamy et al
Emerging Rural Leadership and Sustainable Management of Natural Resources
Evidence from Two South Indian Villages  
Melchior Lengsfeld and D V Srinatha
Integrating Local Experiences into Watershed Interventions
A Modern Drainage Line Treatment in Semi-Arid Karnataka  
 
PART FIVE: FROM RESEARCH TO PRACTICE
Ruedi Baumgartner et al
Participatory Research on Rural Livelihoods
Promoting Local Ownership of Research Findings  
Ruedi H[um]ogger and Ruedi Baumgartner
The RLS Approach in the Project Cycle Management

`What a pleasure to find, at long last, a book on rural livelihoods which does not package sustainability through the straightjacket of assessment, numbers and capital' - Development and Change


The book makes an excellent contribution to the literature on livelihoods and natural resource management…. The book indeed provides insight into the theme of livelihoods, natural resource management and sustainability. It does serve as an important reference for those interested in pursuing research or development action related to the livelihood enhancement of the rural poor.

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