Linking Natural Resource Management and Poverty Reduction

Over 75% of the Tanzania’s population resides in rural areas where people rely upon agriculture and other natural resource uses. Consequently, the link between rural livelihoods and natural resource management is of fundamental importance to effective poverty reduction strategies. Although a number of national policies and strategies recognize this link, natural resource use and conservation issues have not been effectively incorporated into documents such as the Poverty Reduction Strategy. In practice, land and natural resource management remains centralized and essential local economic opportunities are foreclosed or restricted. This paper explores both these policy issues in brief as well as practically exploring rural development, poverty reduction, and natural resource management issues in northern Tanzanian rangelands. Read more Tanzania Natural Resource Forum"

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