Farmers in Malawi remove woodlands to plant crops but they also derive a
vast range of other basic needs from the surrounding forests. These miombo
woodlands have until relatively recently always been vast in comparison to the
human population and their needs. Over the years the woodlands and the way
they have been used have changed, but their contribution for maintaining well being
and providing peoples basic needs appears to have remained important. The main
changes in the woodlands are a decrease in the area of woody plants remaining
and the nature of the interface between woodlands and people. Forest area has
reduced considerably; about 2.5 million hectares of forest land were converted
to agricultural land between 1946 and 1996 (Openshaw, 1997). The nature of the
interface between people and miombo once limited to being a superstore of products for the home, the farm and the hunt has increased in complexity. The purpose of this booklet is to explore some of the dimensions of the people/miombo interface and in particular identify those key areas that are most crucial for food security and poverty alleviation.
Topic: woodlands,forest resources,resource utilization,income,rural communities,livelihoods,food security,socioeconomics,small businesses
Publisher: Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR), Bogor, Indonesia
Publication Year: 2006
ISBN: 979-24-4672-9Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.