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Title:Seasonality and poverty: implications for policy and research
Authors:Longhurst, R.
Chambers, R.ISNI
Swift, J.
Year:1986
Periodical:IDS Bulletin
Volume:17
Issue:3
Pages:67-70
Language:English
Geographic term:Subsaharan Africa
Subjects:research
food
seasonality
Link:http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/j.1759-5436.1986.mp17003010.x/abstract
Abstract:There is great diversity in the way different groups of people are affected by seasonality and cope with it. Greater understanding of this diversity is required if policy and project interventions are to strengthen the position of poor rural people. The damaging periods of time can sometimes be very short, regularly crippling families in their efforts to accumulate resources and protect their health. In sub-Saharan Africa seasonality is clearly a major dimension of adverse economic change, of declining food availability and increasing instability in food supply. As a result, seasonality has become a more significant point of entry for analysis and action. Policies are needed which strengthen seasonal coping mechanisms, and reflect a decentralized and differentiated approach in timing and targetting on the most vulnerable groups. Bibliogr., sum. also in French and Spanish.
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