The Poverty-Forests Toolkit: showing what forests mean to the poor

Project
Archived
February 2007 to July 2008

Forestry often has a low profile within national policies and strategies for poverty reduction because its contribution to rural livelihoods may not be sufficiently understood. The PROFOR-funded Poverty-Forests Toolkit aims to address this gap. It provides a framework, fieldwork methods and analytical tools to understand and communicate the contribution of forests to the incomes of rural households.

Forestry often has a low profile within national policies and strategies for poverty reduction because its contribution to rural livelihoods may not be sufficiently understood. The PROFOR-funded Poverty-Forests Toolkit aims to address this gap. It provides a framework, fieldwork methods and analytical tools to understand and communicate the contribution of forests to the incomes of rural households.

Under this project we are working with national and local level stakeholders in Cameroon, Ghana, Madagascar and Uganda to present, apply and evaluate the Poverty-Forests Toolkit. Our aims will be to enhance the profile of forestry in poverty reduction strategies and other policy processes, and to refine the toolkit for future use in other countries.

The four country teams are working at the national level with forestry services, national statistical offices, poverty reduction strategy coordination offices and forestry universities, and at local level with forest-using communities and forest officers. By developing analytical capacity, the project is helping to inform data collection and enhance the profile of forestry in national policies and strategies for poverty reduction. The project involves components of training, application, evaluation and uptake. The Poverty-Forests Toolkit combines national-level analysis (current data and data collection practices) with local-level participatory analysis at chosen sites (identifying communities’ use of and dependence on forest resources).

The results of these analyses are being shared with national agencies to spread knowledge on the role of forests in the cash and non-cash incomes of the poor and to explore options for reflecting these roles more effectively in statistics.

Publications

The Poverty-Forests Toolkit: outline of the testing and evaluation process for the toolkit, Sonja Vermeulen (2007), IIED. Also available in French.

Donors

PROFOR (the multi-donor Program on Forests)

Partners

Cameroon World Conservation Union

Ghana Environment and Development Ltd

UK Overseas Development Institute and Centre for International Development and Training at the University of Wolverhampton

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