This book brings together several systems-level approaches to the consideration of the interaction of livelihood choices, natural resource management and participatory action research on sustainable development. By focusing on these approaches to community change, the volume hopes to encourage readers to consider how they might adopt methods such as Sustainable Livelihoods Approach (SLA), Community Capitals Framework (CCF) and Participatory Action Research (PAR) in their own research, practice and teaching. Thus, this volume will engage readers in reflection about the importance of systems-level approaches that address poverty from the perspective of the poor, natural resource management that maintains the resource for future generations, and the engagement of local people in designing and implementing, and thus owning, strategies that address equity as well as economic security and the environment.
This book was originally published as a special issue of Community Development.
1. The Sustainable Livelihoods Approach and the Community Capitals Framework: the Importance of System-level Approaches to Community Change Efforts 2. Division of Capitals—What Role Does It Play for Gender-Differentiated Vulnerability to Drought in Nicaragua? 3. Merging a Landscape Management Planning Approach With the Community Capitals Framework: Empowering Local Groups in Land Management Processes in Bocas del Toro, Panama 4. Harnessing Community Capitals for Livelihood Enhancement: Experiences From a Livelihood Program in Rural Uganda 5. From Mexico to Iowa: New Immigrant Farmers’ Pathways and Potentials 6. Empowering Palestinian Community Water Management Capacity: Understanding the Intersection of Community Cultural, Political, Social, and Natural Capitals 7. Making Healthy Choices to Reduce Childhood Obesity: Community Capitals and Food and Fitness
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