Tropical forests in poverty alleviation: from household data to global-comparative analysis

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Centre for Int Forestry Research
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Forests are crucial to the livelihoods of hundreds of millions of poor people worldwide, but just how important, and for what functions? Can they help lift people out of poverty, or are they mainly useful as gap-fillers and safety nets in response to shocks? Are certain types of forest-tenure and management regimes more favourable than others? And under what conditions can increased integration into forest-product markets help? These are the questions to be answered by this tropics-wide, multi-partner research project. In the Poverty and Environment Network (PEN) consortium, led by the Centre for International Forestry Research (CIFOR), around 30 partners (mostly PhD students) gather quantitative and qualitative socioeconomic data using the same questionnaire in all three developing-country continents to illuminate the role of forests and environmental income in preventing and reducing rural poverty. A centrally coordinated pan-tropical data bank with high-quality primary household and village data is being created for the global-comparative analysis. DFID-ESRC kindly finances those PEN research components related to data-bank establishment, global analysis, publication of scientific outputs, and the dissemination of policy recommendations for tangible forest-poverty interventions.

Centre for Int Forestry Research
Sven Wunder
Katrina Brown
Murray Belcher
Arild Angelsen
Fiona Jane Chandler
Dana William Sunderlin
Frank Ellis
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Grant Reference: 
RES-167-25-0257
ES/E021816/1
Project Status: 
Closed
Grant Category: 
Research Grant
Lead Organisation Department: 
Forests and Livelihoods
Fund Start Date: 
January 1st, 2008
Fund End Date: 
June 30th, 2011
Fund Currency Code: 
GBP
Fund Value: 
514344
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