Participatory assessment of rural livelihoods in the Central Highlands of Vietnam

Cramb, R. A., Purcell, T. and Ho, T. C. S. (2004) Participatory assessment of rural livelihoods in the Central Highlands of Vietnam. Agricultural Systems, 81 3: 255-272. doi:10.1016/j.agsy.2003.11.005

Author Cramb, R. A.
Purcell, T.
Ho, T. C. S.
Title Participatory assessment of rural livelihoods in the Central Highlands of Vietnam
Journal name Agricultural Systems   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0308-521X
Publication date 2004-01-01
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1016/j.agsy.2003.11.005
Open Access Status Not yet assessed
Volume 81
Issue 3
Start page 255
End page 272
Total pages 18
Place of publication Oxford
Publisher Elsevier Sci Ltd
Language eng
Subject 0701 Agriculture, Land and Farm Management
Abstract There is a need for improved monitoring and evaluation (M&E) of participatory research with smallholder farmers, in particular to help differentiate between different types of farm household with different needs. This paper reports some of the results of a study to develop participatory M&E tools for the Forages for Smallholders Project in Southeast Asia, focusing on an upland commune in central Vietnam with a highly diverse crop-livestock system. Participatory rural appraisal techniques were used within a rural livelihoods framework to assess the differing livelihoods of poor, average, and better-off households. There were found to be marked differences between households, particularly in human resources, landholdings, and cattle numbers, affecting the livelihood strategies pursued. The improved understanding of livelihood strategies was gained in a cost-effective way and could be readily used by project participants to monitor the impacts of the introduced forages within the commune, enabling better focusing of the participatory research process on the needs and circumstances of poor farmers. (C) 2003 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
Keyword Agriculture, Multidisciplinary
Rural Livelihoods
Participatory Monitoring And Evaluation
Mixed Farming Systems
Q-Index Code C1
Institutional Status UQ

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