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Forestry Poverty Linkage Model for India

Publication date

Jan, 2004


Report submitted to the JBIC


Gopinath Pradhan, Subrata Mandal, Manish Gupta


The study analyses the relationship between forestry and poverty alleviation in a village level Social Accounting Matrix (SAM) for two contrasting ecological zones in India located in the Shivalik region of the Himalayas and the arid region of Aravalli dunes. It takes into account the flow of input and output, including monetised values of the environmental goods and externalities of all major rural activities and the accrual of income, consumption, savings, trade of different income classes of the village. The accounting framework also includes human health cost related variables across income classes to take into account the quality of life The study then derives accounting, fixed and mixed multipliers to explain the relationship between forestry and poverty. The study finally suggests policy recommendations for poverty alleviation though forestry programmes.

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