African rural labour, income diversification & livelihood approaches: A long-term development perspective

dc.contributor.authorBryceson, Deborah Fahyen
dc.contributor.departmentSustainable Agriculture and Natural Resource Management (SANREM) Knowledgebaseen
dc.descriptionMetadata only recorden
dc.description.abstractThe implementation of SAP and economic liberalization throughout sub-Saharan Africa during the last fifteen years has coincided with the rapid expansion of rural income diversification. Many analysts see income diversification as a vital coping strategy for the rural people, while recognizing that its growing incidence amongst all sections of the African rural population can serve as a mechanism for increasing wealth differentiation. The current income diversification and livelihoods literature primarily restricts itself to situational analysis underpinned by assumptions of economic optimization on the part of decision-making households, while ignoring the broader process of depeasantization. Early agrarian change took the form of urban migration, funneling labour from rural areas and creating an array of stimuli that acted indirectly upon village life. Rural income diversification adds a new, more immediate dimension. Villagers are now actively part of in situ occupational change that has far-reaching implications for the coherence of rural households and the political balance of local communities and nation-states. Such profound transformation calls into question the "sustainability" of rural livelihood strategies now being advocated by donor agencies as well as the relevance of delineating formal, informal, and peasant sectors of the national economy.en
dc.identifier.citationReview of African Political Economy 26(80): 171-189en
dc.publisherROAPE Publications Ltden
dc.rightsIn Copyrighten
dc.rights.holderCopyright 1999 ROAPE Publications Ltd.en
dc.subjectRural developmenten
dc.subjectEconomic growthen
dc.subjectDeregulation and liberalizationen
dc.subjectRural-urban migrationen
dc.subjectIncome diversificationen
dc.subjectFarm/Enterprise Scale Governanceen
dc.titleAfrican rural labour, income diversification & livelihood approaches: A long-term development perspectiveen