The overall goal of the project is to assist in the development of more
effective, equitable and sustainable participatory management of
renewable natural resources in sub-Saharan Africa. The purpose of the
research is to identify the links between the sustainability of
different farming systems and agricultural policy in South Africa and
This working paper attempts to provide a background guide to those
involved in the development of indicators of sustainable systems with a
particular focus on natural resource management. It originated from the
need to develop and measure indicators of successful and failing farming
systems as part of a research project funded by the UK Department for
International Development (DFID).
This project, entitled 'The effects of policy and institutional
environment on natural resource management and investment by farmers and
rural households in east and southern Africa', is implemented by 5
research institutions in the UK, Uganda and South Africa. In this
context the paper is particularly concerned with issues and approaches
related to the development of indicators of successful farming systems
and rural livelihood strategies. However, the discussion of these
specific aspects of sustainability indicators is accompanied by a review
of indicator frameworks which has a wider, and more general relevance.
A review of indicators of agricultural and rural livelihood sustainability. Working Paper 1, ISBN: 1 902518616, i + 29 pp.
A review of indicators of agricultural and rural livelihood sustainability. Working Paper 1.