Strategies to foster development based on nontimber forest products (NTFPs) implicitly target rural producers. In the northern Bolivian Amazon, however, NTFP-based benefits also accrue to peri-urban populations. A household survey (n = 120) at the periphery of Riberalta, the regions economic center, reveals that peri-urban livelihoods depend significantly on both the extraction of Brazil nut and palm heart and their urban-based processing. Migrant and educational background are key determinants for the degree of dependence. Valuation of NTFP-based development contributions needs to allow for the ruralurban continuum underlying NTFP extraction and processing, and the role migration plays in related livelihood strategies.
Topic: non-timber forest products,livelihoods,rural urban migration,rural urban relations,livelihoods,brazil nuts,rural development,policy
Publication Year: 2005
Source: World Development 33(9): 1473û1490