Fast returns on new activities are needed because peri-urban dwellers are leaving a noncash economy at the same time as they are losing the natural resource base of their productive activities. Often they do not have sufficient cash generating strands to their livelihoods, the savings, or the food self-sufficiency on which to depend while waiting for a new activity to produce returns, especially when this new activity demands loan repayments.
Mattingly, M., Gregory, P. and Walls, M. 2006. Rapid returns on investment are critical in meeting the challenges of the monetising peri-urban economy. Policy brief. Annex G of the Final Technical Report of project R8491. London: Development Planning Unit, University College London. 2pp.