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Achieving sustainable livelihoods – a case study of a Mexican rural community

Nina Perez

in Community Development Journal

Published on behalf of Community Development Journal

Volume 37, issue 2, pages 178-187
Published in print April 2002 | ISSN: 0010-3802
Published online April 2002 | e-ISSN: 1468-2656 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/cdj/37.2.178
Achieving sustainable livelihoods – a case study of a Mexican rural community

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The case study of a Mexican rural community is used to analyse the concept of ‘sustainable livelihoods’. San Felipe is a small semi‐arid community that has been the beneficiary of a rainwater harvesting project that aims to improve the life quality of the community. Although the project has been highly successful in increasing water availability, lack of participation in the decision‐making and neglect of traditional livelihood strategies has prevented the San Felipe community in reducing its vulnerability. The analysis highlighted the need for development projects to adopt a holistic view of the processes by which people achieve their livelihoods, in order to be successful.

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Subjects: Development Studies ; Public Policy ; Social Impact of Environmental Issues (Environmental Science) ; Development Planning and Policy

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