Global Markets: Rural communities and natural resource products: The case of Devil's Claw in Southern Africa. Final Report R8006.
This report aims to provide an account of the devil's claw trade and its role in the livelihoods of the harvesters and to analyse the policy options for improving the returns to the harvesters. It was a largely desk-based, synthetic and interdisciplinary study, drawing on ‘grey’ material, produced by NGOs, governments and international agencies. The research has utilised the livelihoods approach for characterising the place of Devil’s Claw harvesting in the livelihoods of the harvesters. In its characterisation of the Devil’s Claw market chain it has made use of the commodity chain literature, although the Devil’s Claw market chain differs significantly from the type of commodity chains studied in that literature.