Now available: CIFOR book on methods for research, fieldwork

Thousands of surveys on rural livelihoods in developing countries are conducted every year. Sadly, many suffer from weaknesses in methods and implementation.

A book published by CIFOR, “Measuring Livelihoods and Environmental Dependence” — available for the first time in a free, downloadable format — describes how to improve the design and implementation of household and village surveys for quantitative assessment of rural livelihoods in developing countries.

Covering the entire research process from planning to sharing research results, it draws on the experiences from a large global-comparative project, the Poverty Environment Network (PEN), to develop more robust and validated methods, enriched by numerous practical examples from the field.

The book will provide an invaluable guide to methods and a practical handbook for students and professionals. Download the book here.