A quantitative analysis of poverty and livelihood profiles: The case of rural Rwanda

Ansoms, An and McKay, Andrew (2010) A quantitative analysis of poverty and livelihood profiles: The case of rural Rwanda. Food Policy, 35 (6). pp. 584-598. ISSN 0306-9192

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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.

Item Type: Article
Schools and Departments: School of Business, Management and Economics > Economics
Depositing User: Andy McKay
Date Deposited: 06 Feb 2012 19:42
Last Modified: 15 Jun 2012 11:25
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/21819
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