Safety Nets, Gap Filling and Forests: A Global-Comparative Perspective
Gerald Shively () and
World Development, 2014, vol. 64, issue S1, S29-S42
In the forest–livelihoods literature, forests are widely perceived to provide both common safety nets to shocks and resources for seasonal gap-filling. We use a large global-comparative dataset to test these responses. We find households rank forest-extraction responses to shocks lower than most common alternatives. For seasonal gap-filling, forest extraction also has limited importance. The minority of households using forests for coping is asset-poor and lives in villages specialized on forests, in particular timber extraction. Overall, forest resources may be less important as a buffer between agricultural harvests and in times of unforeseen hardship than has been found in many case studies.
Keywords: livelihoods; risk; shocks; coping strategies; income; diversification (search for similar items in EconPapers)
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