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Capitals and Capabilities: A framework for analysing peasant viability, rural livelihoods and poverty in the Andes

A Bebbington

Book/Report, 54 pages

Contemporary debates on the rural sector in Latin America have led many to question the future viability of peasant livelihoods in the Andes. The paper presents limitations in these discussions of peasant viability. Firstly, they conflate agrarian with rural livelihoods. Secondly, they imply that rural people assess livelihood options according to income criteria. Thirdly, they suggest an impermeable barrier dividing viable and non-viable units. The paper develops an analytical framework for analysing rural livelihoods in terms of their sustainability and their implications for rural poverty.

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