This report is in eight chapters, including an introduction. Chapter 2 examines the dataset, and describes the research methods used. Chapter 3 sketches the context in Zimbabwe during the 1990s. Chapter 4 provides some summary insights into three semi-arid districts covered by the dataset and fieldwork and introduces issues of income disparity. Chapter 5 proceeds to discuss assets, and Chapter 6 presents information concerning the livelihood activities pursued by households in the study districts in 1997-98. Chapter 7 analyses change between 1993 and 1998 based on the same dataset. Chapter 8 concludes with a presentation of the main findings on the livelihoods of the poor in semi-arid areas, an analysis of researchable constraints to livelihood improvement, and a presentation of new options and directions for development and research work on poor people's livelihoods in semi-arid areas of Zimbabwe.
Bird, K., Shepherd, A., Scott, A. and Butaumocho, B. 2002. Coping strategies of poor households in semi-arid Zimbabwe. Scientific report. Annex A of the Final Technical Report for project R7545. Birmingham: School of Public Policy, University of Birmingham. 135 pp.