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Community-Managed Forests, Household Fuelwood Use and Food Consumption

Jayash Paudel

Ecological Economics, 2018, vol. 147, issue C, 62-73

Abstract: This paper evaluates the role of use of community-managed forests as a means of improving economic well-being of rural Nepalese households. It utilizes a nationwide survey consisting of detailed questionnaires related to household welfare and employs instrumental variable (IV) approach to investigate the linkage between community-managed forests and food consumption in Nepal. Results show that households that use community-managed forests for firewood spend significantly more on food consumption than those dependent on government-managed forests. The study further finds that community-managed forest users appear to be more participatory and are more likely to find their food consumption adequate. Together, these results provide compelling evidence that community-managed forests can be an effective means of addressing food insecurity in a developing country setting.

Keywords: Community-managed forests; Food security; Household welfare (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: Q18 Q23 Q57 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2018
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DOI: 10.1016/j.ecolecon.2018.01.003

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