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 Uganda.
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.