The relevance of forests to rural well-being and poverty reduction remains a controversial issue. This paper examines patterns of association between household wealth, poverty, and livelihood dependency either on forest extraction or agricultural activities in Ucayali, Peru.
Wildlife Alliance works directly with communities to create sustainable, alternative sources of income. Our community-based agriculture program helps communities develop businesses through land ownership, training in modern-practice farming and marketing, and irrigation projects. This project is based at Sovanna Baitong, in the Cambodian Cardamom Mountains, an area formerly ravaged by illegal logging and wildlife poaching. Through the project, landless slash-and-burn farmers now have the opportunity to achieve a better life for themselves and their children.
Villagers in Viet Nam's Lam Dong Province are seeing their incomes rise under a new initiative that enhances families' livelihoods while protecting the surrounding forests. The project is part of ADB's Poverty and Environment Program.
For Mahadevappa and Gauramma, life was a struggle farming their two-hectare plot in Karnataka state, India. Here, in the country’s second biggest dryland area, soil is poor and droughts frequent, making crop production difficult and harvests meager. Some parts of Karnataka have suffered drought in six out of the past ten years. But now a holistic approach to natural resource management is helping farmers like this couple to produce results that they could only have dreamed of.