Inter-agency Experiences and Lessons from the Operationalizing Participatory Ways of Applying Sustainable Livelihoods Approaches
Two conclusions were drawn from the inter-institutional forum organized in Sienna (Italy) from 7 to 11 March 2000 by the Department for International Development (DFID) and the FAO:
- Rural poverty is not a problem of income but rather a means of subsistence. Therefore the development programmes should not be based exclusively on increasing resources but focus on the people, who should participate actively in their own development.
- The eradication of poverty is the common goal of numerous development actors, who must co-ordinate their efforts and share the lessons learned.
This paper on the different approaches to Sustainable Subsistence Means (SSM) contains part of the rich debate fostered during the Sienna Forum. It also points out some of the lessons learned and it identifies the themes that need to be addressed for continued advancement.
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