Livelihood diversification in Uganda: patterns and determinants of change across two rural districts

Abstract

Despite the continuing centrality of agriculture to the rural economy of Uganda, households engage in diverse livelihood strategies. This paper presents findings of a two-district study of the role of various factors that influence livelihood trends and strategies. Qualitative and quantitative analysis reveals differences according to wealth, gender, and between traditional and non-traditional occupations. Comparisons drawn between the two districts—Kumi in the eastern region, and Rakai in the central region—identify social and historical, as well as contemporary levels of investment as the determinants of varying levels of livelihood diversification.

Citation

Smith, D.R.; Gordon, A.; Meadows, K.; Zwick, K. Livelihood diversification in Uganda: patterns and determinants of change across two rural districts. Food Policy (2001) 26 (4) 421-435. [DOI: 10.1016/S0306-9192(01)00012-4]

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