The NCCR North-South was one of 27 National Centres of Competence in Research implemented by the Swiss National Science Foundation. Additional support was provided by the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation. >> More
How do the poor adapt to changing circumstances? What are the strategies they follow in the quest for sustainable livelihoods? What means can be used for improving livelihood security?Drawing on a combination of different scientific approaches, the factors that condition livelihood opportunities for the poor are the subject to multi-level analysis. Particular attention is paid to the wider institutional and political structures, the significance of whose role often tends to be obscured. This approach is applied in research coordinated around two main two sub-themes:Livelihood challenges of the rural poorLand and land-based natural resources are core assets for livelihood security in rural settings. Control over these assets is, however, often contentious, due to multiple claims and legal pluralism. This situation can result in a severe limitation of access to such resources for the poor, who are then obliged to secure their livelihoods by other means, including off-farm employment. Particularly in remote mountain areas, this can mean that land and agriculture gradual lose their importance as livelihood assets, as households become increasingly dependant on remittances generated in far removed urban contexts. Research questions include:
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