Geographic space, assets, livelihoods and well-being in rural Central America

empirical evidence from Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua

This paper uses an asset-base framework to analyze the determinants of rural growth and sustainable poverty reduction for the three poorest countries in Central America: Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua…Using a combination of GIS mapping techniques, quantitative household analysis, and qualitative analyses of assets and livelihoods, the authors generate a description of rural territories that recognizes the differential effects of policies and asset bundles across space and households. They identify the combinations of human, natural and physical, social and location-specific assets that matter most to raise household well-being and take advantage of prospects for poverty-reducing growth.

Author: 
Alwang, Jeffrey
Jansen, Hans G.P.
Siegel, Paul B.
Pichon, Francisco
Published date: 
2005
Publisher: 
International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI)
Series number: 
26
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