Forest Incomes After Uganda's Forest Sector Reform: Are the rural poor gaining?
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Livelihood conditions in the low income tropics can be improved through reforming forest sector governance. The research utilizes income data from pre- and post-reform periods within household clusters adjacent to three large forests in Uganda. The findings from the research challenge the assumption that policy reforms always create good livelihood outcomes for low-income individuals/families. The article calls upon policy makers to be more cognizant of the value of forests and trees and to thoroughly examine the incentives for local resource users and forestry officials. The article also noted that policy makers should increase the legal access of rural smallholders to sustainably participate in forest product harvesting and value addition.
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