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Focus on... Alternative livelihoods

Whilst Alternative Livelihood Programme is frequently the name given to strategies developed to replace the illicit cultivation of crops, such as opium or coca, with alternative, legal crops for income generation, in this edition of New Agriculturist we focus on a range of activities, which provide more sustainable livelihood options to rural people. Economic alternatives to opium in Afghanistan, coca in Peru, tobacco in Bangladesh, cotton in Mali and logging in Indonesia and the Amazon, are featured along with cultivating mushrooms in drought-afflicted areas in Tanzania and promoting environmental conservation by raising silk worms in Kenya.

Fields of red gold - saffron in Afghanistan

Fields of red gold - saffron in Afghanistan

Farmers in Afghanistan are receiving support to grow saffron instead of opium. The highly prized spice delivers about one-half to two thirds the profit of poppies, but does offer some important agricultural advantages, as well as a clear conscience.

Date published: May 2007

A mushrooming business in Tanzania

A mushrooming business in Tanzania

In drought affected areas in the Kilimanjaro region of Tanzania, households are cultivating oyster mushrooms to earn a profitable income.

Date published: May 2007

Jatropha: creating desert solutions

Jatropha: creating desert solutions

Soil erosion and desertification have encouraged the local cultivation of jatropha to make soap and other products, reducing dependency on cotton, protecting the environment and empowering local co-operatives.

Date published: May 2007

Beyond palm oil in Indonesia

Beyond palm oil in Indonesia

To reduce dependence on oil palm and provide alternative sources of income for communities who have lost forest resources, the NGO Sawit Watch is promoting the cultivation of cash crops, including rattan, fruit and rubber, in village gardens.

Date published: May 2007

Weaving a sustainable future with Kenyan silk

Weaving a sustainable future with Kenyan silk

In Kenya, rearing silk worms for production of raw silk is a viable alternative to subsistence agriculture, attracting a good income on a monthly basis.

Date published: May 2007

From coca to coffee in Peru

From coca to coffee in Peru

Peruvian farmers forced into coca production through poverty and a lack of alternatives are being given support to form co-operatives to sell crops such as coffee, tea, rubber and palm oil to a lucrative export market.

Date published: May 2007

Andiroba - first aid from the Amazon

Andiroba - first aid from the Amazon

Amazonian communities, under pressure to sell their trees to logging companies, are realising the economic value of non-timber products. Andiroba oil, for example, has a growing international market as a medicinal product.

Date published: May 2007

Breaking the addiction to growing tobacco

Breaking the addiction to growing tobacco

Farmers in Bangladesh, Malawi and Kenya are receiving assistance to move away from tobacco farming and instead diversify food and cash crop production and practise composting to restore soil fertility.

Date published: May 2007

 

 

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