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Type: Journal article
Title: Community forestry for poverty alleviation in China with reference to Huoshan County, Anhui Province
Author: Xu, J.
Zhao, Y.
Suh, J.
Citation: Small-Scale Forestry, 2004; 3(3):385-400
Publisher: Springer Netherlands
Issue Date: 2004
ISSN: 1873-7617
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Jiaqi Xu, Yongjun Zhao and Jungho Suh
Abstract: Increasing attention has been paid to the question of whether and how community forestry links with poverty reduction in the mountainous regions in developing countries. Household-based community forestry was first implemented in Yunnan and spread over other parts of China in the 1980s. In this forestry management system, rural households are the main actors. Household forestry is a form of small-scale community forestry and suits the rural areas of China, where social overhead capital and skilled human resources are lacking. Community forestry has played a remarkable role in guiding and facilitating rural poverty alleviation in Huoshan County, Anhui Province. This paper describes how the community forestry project in Huoshan County has helped the farmers improve their livelihoods through the creation of a forestry model involving science and technology demonstration households and independent farmers’ organisations. The sustainable poverty alleviation model developed in Huoshan has proved to be effective in poverty alleviation and environmental protection, featuring the participatory forestry components of the project, namely household forestry, science and technology demonstration households, and independent farmers’ organisations. With technological and financial aid from government, the local farmers were able and willing to establish this small-scale forestry management system, planting fast-growing multiple-use tree species with substantial economic benefits.
Keywords: Sustainable livelihoods; household forestry; farmers’ organisations; science and technology demonstration households; self-help
Description: The original publication can be found at
RMID: 0020063337
DOI: 10.1007/s11842-004-0027-9
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