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PLA Notes CD-ROM 1988-2001 7 Can PRA methods be used to collect economic data? A non-timber forest product case study from Zimbabwe

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Document begins: PLA Notes CD-ROM 1988­2001 7 Can PRA methods be used to collect economic data? A non-timber forest product case study from Zimbabwe Michael Richards, Jonathan Davies and William Cavendish · Introduction Methods In the past few years, Participatory Rural Appraisal (PRA) techniques have become ubiquitous and are almost an obligatory The two main approaches were compared by element in project design and implementation. assessing the data sets for a range of variables, But can they, as some PRA practitioners including the production and economic returns claim, generate quantitative economic data of the main palm products - a variety of which is better (or at least comparable) and baskets and other craft products, and palm more cost-effective than that derived from wine. `traditional' neo-classical methods like household surveys? The Mabalauta Workshop1 PRA in south-east Zimbabwe tried to answer this question, among others. In the workshop, a On the first fieldwork day, a group composed direct comparison was made between PRA of local researchers, government employees methods and a household sample survey for and community members identified the main eliciting economic data on the use of the Ilala uses of the palm. This led to five possible PRA palm (Hyphaene ...

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