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Understanding market-based livelihoods in a globalising world: combining approaches and methods

Contents 1. Introduction and purpose of paper 2. Livelihoods analysis 2.1 Definitions and frameworks 2.2 Methods and tools 2.3 Key strengths and weaknesses 3. Value chain analysis (VCA) and variants 3.1 Definitions and approaches 3.2 Methods and tools 3.3 Key strengths and weaknesses 4. Combined approaches 4.1 Why combine livelihoods analysis and value chain analysis? 4.2 How can approaches be combined? Illustrative examples from recent research. 4.2.1 Combining methods to understand livelihoods and cashew nut production and trade: examples from Mozambique and India 4.2.2 Combining cluster and commodity chain approaches to understand rural livelihood diversification: an example from Vietnam 4.2.3 Combining methods to understand a growing sector: shrimp in Bangladesh 4.2.4Combining methods to understand different actors' constraints in a value chain, and the opportunities for policy: an example from peri-urban horticulture in Mali 5. Conclusions.

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