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Title: Who collect resources in degraded environment? : a case study from Jhabua District, India
Authors: Chopra, Neetu
Singh, Supriya
Gupta, Shreekant
Narain, Urvashi
Van't Veld, Klaas
Keywords: DEPENDENCE ON COMMONS
RURAL AREAS
TIME ALLOCATION DECISIONS
GENDER DIFFERENCES
NATURAL RESOURCE MANAGEMENT INITIATIVES
ANTHROPOLOGY
INDIA
Issue Date: 2007
Publisher: SANDEE, Kathmandu, NP
Series/Report no.: SANDEE working paper / South Asian Network for Development and Environmental Economics; no. 23-07
Abstract: This paper examines the impact of the variation in stocks of three resources, namely, water, forests and fodder biomass, on resource collection time of rural households in India, especially women. Using household level data from 543 households across 60 villages in the Jhabua district of Madhya Pradesh, we estimate reduced form gender-specific time allocation equations derived from a household production model. An increase in groundwater scarcity makes women and children spend more time in water collection. An increase in the total iomass availability in the commons increases the time spent by men and women in grazing activity in addition to making men and women more likely to go for fuelwood collection. The results taken together indicate significant time impacts of natural resource scarcity. Our analysis has important implications for natural resource management initiatives such as community forestry and watershed development programmes, and these programmes have the potential to alleviate poverty by affecting the time allocation decisions of rural households, particularly women. This paper also tries to understand some of the trends emerging from the quantitative/econometric analysis using insights from social anthropology.
Description: no. 23-07
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10625/38901
ISBN: 978-99946-2-664-9
Project Number: 102580
Project Title: South Asian Network for Development and Environmental Economics (SANDEE)
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2000-2009 / Années 2000-2009
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