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Understanding the Factors That Support or Inhibint Livelihood Diversification in Coastal Cambodia


Economic diversification within national economies, away from a high dependence on the extraction of natural resources, is seen by many development specialists as both a path leading to greater economic growth and an indicator of it. Most economies in the world have gone through stages of evolution which tend to start in a predominantly natural resource extracting phase and gradually move to agriculture followed, or paralleled by, the development of manufacturing and service sectors. Diversification of economic activities at the household and community levels is seen as an important part of this process. In terms of poverty reduction, diversification is seen both as: a) a coping strategy of the poor to deal with increasing uncertainty in rural areas, as a result of the degradation of natural resources, increasing competition and the encroachment of global influences, and b) as a development strategy for enabling the poor to graduate out of poverty. More and more the rural sector strategies of governments in developing countries are focussing on the role of livelihood diversification as a mechanism to achieve these two aims. In addition those government and NGO agencies concerned with the conservation of natural resources see livelihood diversification as a mechanism to encourage people to move away from the harmful exploitation and degradation of those resources.


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