Rwanda’s Vision 2020 recognizes the private sector as one of the six main pillars for driving social and economic development. The private sector can play an important role in securing livelihoods, ensuring sustainable use of natural resources and minimizing environmental impacts of its operations. In 2013 PEI Rwanda signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the national Private Sector Federation to support the capacity of the private sector to adhere with environmental sustainability and poverty guidelines.
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.