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The Poverty-Forests Toolkit: Showing what forests mean to the poor

Sonja Vermeulen

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Over an 18-month period, from February 2007 to July 2008, a multi-country team will present, test and evaluate the PROFOR Poverty-Forests Toolkit in four countries: Cameroon, Ghana, Madagascar and Uganda. This document briefly outlines the process that this testing and evaluation will take.

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Forestry often has a low profile within national policies and strategies for poverty reduction because its contribution to rural livelihoods may not be sufficiently understood. The PROFOR-funded Poverty-Forests Toolkit aims to address this gap. It provides a framework, fieldwork methods and analytical tools to understand and communicate the contribution of forests to the incomes of rural households.

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