Title
A quantitative analysis of poverty and livelihood profiles : the case of rural Rwanda A quantitative analysis of poverty and livelihood profiles : the case of rural Rwanda
Author
Faculty/Department
Institute of Development Policy and Management
Publication type
article
Publication
London ,
Subject
Sociology
Economics
Source (journal)
Food policy: economics, planning and politics of food agriculture. - London
Volume/pages
35(2010) :6 , p. 584-598
ISSN
0306-9192
ISI
000284347700011
Carrier
E
Target language
English (eng)
Full text (Publishers DOI)
Affiliation
University of Antwerp
Abstract
The paper applies a quantitative methodology to study poverty and livelihood profiles on the basis of a large set of variables. It takes the context of post-conflict rural Rwanda for a case study. By means of exploratory tools (i.e. principal component and cluster analysis), it combines variables that capture natural, physical, human, financial and social resources together with environmental factors to identify household groups with varying livelihoods. The paper further explores how these clusters differ with regards the incidence of poverty, livelihood strategies and their respective crop preferences. The paper concludes that Rwandan rural policies should adopt distinct and appropriate interventions for impoverished peasant groups, each having their own particular livelihood profiles.
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